US Federal Bureau of Investigation – gets sued

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Freedom of Information Act

Bring on the lawsuits

Last week it was announced that a prominent LA lawyer was suing the FBI seeking information on the warrant that led to its seizure of Anthony Weiner’s computer in the Hillary Clinton email case.

The famed lawyer happens to be L.A. based E. Randol Schoenberg, a former president of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, who was able to successfully reclaim Jewish owned art that was looted by the Nazis.

His interest in the case came about due to the timing of the announcement of the warrant, which happened to be just days away from the election.

Randol seems to think that maybe the FBI did not have probable cause and more importantly that, he suspects that someone working for Donald Trump may have provided a false lead to the FBI.

That accusation in and of itself is pretty serious.

On the other side of the fence we have Vice who announced today that they were suing the FBI for details into Trump, the Clintons and of course Breibart News.

Vice wants to learn more about the FBI’s disclosures, those bothersome behind the scenes deals and of the actions that they took throughout the Clinton email investigations, and those rather pesky leaks that came days before the election.

Vice would like for the FBI to release or be forced to release details that might help to clear up the FBI’s crucial role as well as the role of other agencies in what might possibly go down as one of the most controversial presidential elections in US history.

Some of what the Vice FOIA lawsuit is looking for the FBI to disclose seems to be pretty specific and straight forward:

The possibility of the FBI violating the Hatch Act by allegedly using its authority to influence the course of a Presidential election

Information about those leaks by the FBI to the media and political operatives with regards to FBI investigations of Hillary

Any and all itel pertaining to the FBI’s communications with Breibart news and it’s chairman Steve Bannon, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, Fox News and it’s hosts Bret Baier and Sean Hannity, former NYC mayor and adviser to Trump, Rudy Giuliani and Republican strategist and Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone.

White nationalist Richard Spencer and his National Policy Institute and the so called “alt-right”

And finally, Vice would really like to know more about the FBI’s alleged internal discontent with regards to how the bureau handled the Hillary Clinton Investigations.

Judicial Watch did already start a lawsuit back in October seeking Videos of Depositions in Hillary Clinton Email Case.

Others are lining up to have FBI Director James Comey and the FBI investigated and sued. So this list, it’s might just grow.

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While it’s highly frowned upon, Director James Comey may have been influenced to handle things the way he did by others. Others that are higher up in the food chain than he is. 

He may also have had bad intel to work with too.

In the end the question really becomes:

Will the lawsuits prove fruitful or will they simply leave more questions than answers on the table?

President Obama, employes individuals that work at the pleasure of the president.

President Elect Donald Trump will have individuals working for him, that also work for the pleasure of the president.

The issues that we face are, one leader is leaving the oval office and so is his team while another stepping into the oval office, bringing his own team on board and both have differing agendas.

While some truths may come to light, others may never be known to anyone outside of certain circles regardless of who gets sued, particularly when one is suing the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Cristal M Clark

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US Presidential Election – Time for a Real Investigation

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Over the last week we’ve seen headlines ranging from Russian Hackers swung the 2016 US Presidential Election, Fake News swung the 2016 Presidential Election, to James Comey caused Hillary Clinton to lose the 2016 Presidential Election.

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Now some of the electors are pushing to have an intelligence report on Trump to see if he is even fit to serve given his relationship with Russia and ties to Russia and it’s government, this after several electors heard that the intelligence community believes that Russia may have influenced this election.

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The media is reporting on it, President Obama asked the CIA to investigate it, but also asked them not to disclose the findings with the public, members of the CIA have come forward indicating that Russia somehow hacked or was able to swing the election in Donald Trump’s favor, and Sen. Harry Reid accused FBI Director James Comey of covering up a Russian hack of the 2016 Presidential Election…

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Initially, the accusations were about fake news being the reason Hillary lost the election and I felt that was absurd because the reality is, if someone believes in the fake news story no matter what it is, it is because they want to, they want to believe the story that was told.

The idea that the mainstream media, fake news/disinformation from the media or a news outlet in any way, shape or form, drives public opinion is absurd to me.

That amounts to telling the public they are mindless fools who can’t possibly make a decision without CNN or Fox News or any media outlet telling them what that decision should be.

If anyone believes that the media is really all that influential, they should get out and start talking to real people without a camera rolling…

But here we are, once again and more seriously questioning the 2016 Presidential Election and Donald Trump’s Win. 

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Enough is enough already, if anyone feels that the election was somehow hacked by Russia or Russian hackers, or compromised in any way, prove it instead of simply going to the media and reporting to them what is only speculation or theory.

Prove it, do something about it and call it good.

If no-one has proof of anything it’s time to drop it and move the hell on already.

As to James Comey? Harry Reid needs to lay off of the viagra and then going after the director of the FBI. The Director should be the least of Harry Reid’s worries at this stage.

The entire campaign leading up to the election made America look like a joke in the eyes of other nations, not to mention a great many american citizens, but this takes the cake if anyone within the US Government thinks, suspects or feels, that the US Presidential Election was somehow compromised by outside influences and yet those individuals are doing nothing to prove it.

Save for confuse voters and create distrust with the election process…right before a new leader is poised to head into office.

IF Donald Trump did not win the election rightfully, then something must be done and it must be done before he sets one foot into the oval office.

Of course Donald Trump, the Republican party and those that voted for him feel that he won fairly, however, the accusations that are now circulating are bit more serious than just fake news and disinformation.

These types of accusations warrant an investigation.

If those that are talking currently have no proof of anything, then it’s time to let it go already so that we can end the year peacefully and with some shred of faith in the election process.

Many citizens across this nation had already lost faith in the election process, with the new accusations it’s gotten worse.

This is not something to leave on the table right before a new leader heads into office, especially when the accused is a foreign state, a very powerful foreign state.

Either way, enough is enough.

It is time to begin a proper investigation if for no other reason than it is, the responsibility of the United States Government to restore public trust in the election process, particularly since the United States Government had a very large hand in tarnishing that trust.

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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Another mass shooting here in America

Is this the world we live in now?

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My heart sinks just a little more each and every time I see another mass shooting in this country. For me this one is personal.

The LGBT community is very tight nit, they are all family and for some of them, that is the only family that they have. It’s not easy to be an outsider, as in a straight woman who is brought into the community with such open arms because many of these individuals have been so hurt and shunned by the straight community that it is sometimes difficult for them to trust us.

Some of my best friends whom I consider family are part of this very community, they have been here for me through some really rough times. They have lent support, shoulders to cry on, words of wisdom, some great shopping trips, sometimes just someone to sit with when no words come to mind as I faced the pain that I was going through, and someone to make me laugh hysterically and forget the pain. (that last one is for Carlos in Denver, he is and always will be a brother to me).

Right now, this community is hurting and they need our support in the right ways.

“Enough is enough!” I keep hearing that from my fellow American’s and while I couldn’t agree more I am always left wondering if they are referring to the endless hours our media has spent covering the story and the killer or the shootings themselves.

I have to say that I am personally, absolutely, hands down, disgusted with the media here in the US. I have heard and read so many headlines that are misleading, speculative, flat out lies reported as truth, half truths, the words “we are going to break it down for you and get into the head of this mass killer,”  and my now new personal favorite “gay night club,” as if that was the killer’s motive, an attack on gays?

The FBI said it would investigate whether or not this killer was conflicted about his own sexuality, given he had a LGBT dating app on his phone and was known to be at Pulse often enough to be remembered. This left the media to speculate that this was an attack on the gay community over that. But no one really knows that to be a fact as of today.

He also claimed loyalty to ISIS during the attack.

It’s really quite simple, this lunatic killer believed in a cause and wanted to be heard. In order to gain the desired attention that he needed toward his cause, he elected to go on a shooting rampage, in the process exposing a weakness, a weakness which allowed for him to go on said shooting rampage in the first place.

This is what mass killers do. They expose the weakness through the crimes that they commit while at the same time getting the audience they wanted so that they can be heard for the cause they are so willing to both kill and die for.  

It is nothing more or less than that at this very moment in time To him, it was logical, to the rest of us it is not. The point being, his motive is not for the world to understand because most of us would consider his belief wrong, therefore we lack the wherewithal to understand the why in the first place.

Again, we don’t truly know why, yet.

The cause could have been that he was radicalized, he was conflicted about his sexuality or that gay men are better dressers than straight men, the point is, we simply do not know and that is because the investigation is still “on-going.” Something the media tends to forget when it reports on open investigations that are HOT not COLD.

For the 49 murdered human beings, the best way to honor and remember them is to report the truth not speculation, not try to interview every traumatized loved one or witness to the crime and most importantly to stop covering these shootings every single minute of the news hour.

By giving these types of shootings so much attention, it instills the very idea of another situation like this in someone else’s head. It says “if I want to be heard, I need to hurt people and die in the process.” These types of killers relish in the very idea that they are going to go down in history for whatever the reason might be that they choose to kill.

Every mass shooter/bomber has had some sort of cause that he believed in and when you study those individuals, you start to see the pattern. They got the idea because it gets them the attention they want and they know that it garners them this attention because of the US media outlets.

It’s always, go big or go home. The more individuals they kill, the longer the story will be on the news, the better chance it is on the news all day, all night, on social media, etc.

In fact, right this very moment another potential mass shooter is already planning because he wants his rampage to be even bigger than this one.

At the end of the day, whatever the cause or reason that the killer had, the media needs to chill the F*&k out! Report on the victims but leave the damn shooter’s motives, reasons, job, ex wife, and name out of it.

The FBI released a few details  yesterday, yet immediately after the shooting the media was reporting that this shooter was a possible terrorist or possibly had terrorist ties.

Really???

The FBI and local authorities had not yet released any of those details to the media the day of the shooting, in fact, the FBI did not confirm anything until roughly 16 hours ago as I type this.

The media has taken so many leaps and bounds here that the public is up and arms, confused and focused on issues that are not of any importance at the moment.

I completely understand that everyone wants answers, the truth is, the media is in absolutely no position to provide those answers without the facts in hand. It is unethical, immoral and wrong.

Right now, the focus should be on helping the surviving victims and the families cope and move forward, not focus on this guy’s motives or what the media thinks they were. Stop focusing on his ex wife, or speculating that the FBI looked at him, mention that he purchased guns legally…

The media seems to be confused as to who is actually responsible for investigating mass shootings.

The media is not responsible for telling us who this man was or why he did what he did until they have the facts provided to them by authorities unless the media can prove that the authorities were wrong or lied it’s not the job of the media to investigate the crime or the criminal.

Trust me, the FBI does not need the help from the media on this one, I am pretty sure they’ve got this.

The media’s job is also not to subtly point fingers either, i.e. the guy purchased his guns legally, the FBI looked at him a few years ago, the club had no security etc.

That serves no purpose in any way shape or form, it’s only intent is to start a public outcry and debate and to create issues and problems.  

The media’s job is to report the facts, in a fair unbiased way. IF you have no facts to report, then again, focus the reporting on supporting the victims, the families and friends of the victims.

A minute by minute on the killer is the last thing anyone needs. We don’t need to know him right now, he is dead, let the authorities handle his side of the story for the time being.

Cristal M Clark

@thecrimeshop

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FBI to be able to access everyone’s browser history without a warrant

Better delete that browsing history

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“FBI tries to get warrantless access to your browser history” – The A Register

“Silicon Valley and FBI war over browsing history” – News.comau

“FBI wants access to internet browsing history without a warrant” – The Washington Post

“FBI in new push to probe web browser history” – RT America

“FBI now pushing for warrantless access to internet browsing history” – zdnet

 

The headlines are endless, in fact I love the one’s in particular that completely mislead the reader into thinking that the FBI really does want access to an everyday, ordinary person’s browsing history and will access browsing history without a warrant. So yes mine was a total stretch of the truth. 

The FBI actually asked for a simple change to the current surveillance laws that are already in place which covers internet browsing history and other electronic data.

They are not asking in anyway shape or form for the ability to search just anyone’s browsing data, they are asking for an amendment that would allow for them, under certain circumstances and for specific types of crimes be allowed to search electronic data and browsing history without a warrant.

One of these types of cases would be where they involve suspected terrorists and just remember most of your are the first one’s at the fence demanding to know why our Government didn’t see this coming when the said terrorists go on a killing spree here in America.

Other cases are trafficking of both drugs and people, the point is they want the ability to obtain specific intel so that it can strengthen the case they have against said suspect.

Let’s be honest with each other here, at the end of the day do we really care that a terrorists privacy might have been invaded? A drug or sex traffickers? Collectors and senders of child porn…the point is, they are seeking such information on higher profile criminals not everyday, run of the mill American Citizens or the teenagers down the street smoking pot. 

Here is the gist of the what the FBI would be able to do should they obtain the amendment they are seeking;

The FBI would and could be able to obtain “electronic communication transactional records” using an administrative subpoena known as a national security letter.  The national security letter can be issued by the special agent in charge of a bureau field office without a judge’s approval. And….here’s where the shoe drops, without any oversight.

Tech firms and privacy advocates are up in arms and feel that should the FBI get it’s way, it will end up taking from civil-liberties protections.

So what does the amendment do and not do?

It would allow for the FBI to see an individual’s internet protocol address and how much time that person spends on a given internet site. But it would not include content, such as the text of an e-mail or Google search queries. As far as visits to websites go, the FBI would only be able to see a person went to a specific site, not what pages he or she visited on that site.

So while it seems like this big huge ordeal that is designed to spy on all of us, in reality its rudimentary, crude and doesn’t give them the ability to do things like read someone’s emails, see what purchases you made from Amazon and things like that.

Sadly, when you walk down the street and ask any average person what they think of this proposal, they automatically think of the NSA. They have been confused by media reports about what it is exactly the FBI is asking for and all I ever hear is that we have a right to privacy.

I love asking this one question about having  a reasonable right to privacy.

We have a reasonable right to privacy. That’s right, I said reasonable right. The fact is, let’s say that I was part of some terrorist organization and the FBI suspected it but they didn’t have quite enough evidence to do anything about it.  Yet based off of my recent activities, a comment made in the store or purchases I was making, how I behaved in public etc, they truly believed that I posed an imminent threat to the public.

At what point, does my right to a reasonable amount of privacy start and stop? Would everyone rather a terrorist go on a shooting spree or be stopped before that? 

Whenever I ask this question it throws people. They have to think instead of regurgitate phrases like “Screw Big Brother,’ the government has no right to spy on people unless they break the law,’ ‘in America, we have a right to privacy.”

The law should reflect the clear difference between a reasonable right to privacy and a full on right to privacy. What that means is that in some special types of cases law enforcement should have the ability to obtain things like browser history and other electronic data without a warrant.

Like it or not, the world we live in is one where we demand that our law enforcement and government prevent dangerous crime, yet we we also in the very same breath prevent them from accomplishing that.  

To make this successful however, the FBI should better align themselves with leading tech firms and having an oversight group of non-law enforcement individuals to ease minds and make sure the FBI is not overreaching the boundary of the law is needed.

The oversight needs to have both individuals from leading tech firms and privacy advocates as part of it. It would be the only way to get everyone on board.

Here is the deal, invite the right players to the right party where they have a more powerful say in the process and how it’s conducted and you are more likely to get them on your side than if you sit and argue with them about what you are trying to do and why.

Give those players a position to oversee that surveillance and to ensure it is following the law to the letter and they are not going to be in much of a position to argue the idea with you any more.

Sooner or later, whether we face it now or wait, the Government’s inability to gain the right intel on suspected criminals that pose the most danger to our society will eventually bite us in the ass.

It’s best to face this head on and tell the Government that if they want this, we want an oversight committee with the right players, not those the Government cherry picks for the job.

We want that committee made up of individuals the citizens of this country will trust. It’s the only way, it’s called compromise. Something not many are truly good at, the Government, well they are least likely to ever compromise on anything. Always so demanding, never willing to play the game without cheating right? 

Cristal M Clark  

@thecrimeshop

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