What Has Made America’s Inner Cities Into A Violent Warzone

The stories coming out from Chicago and Baltimore paint an increasingly pessimistic picture: that America’s inner cities are transitioning into a warzone, where violence has returned to levels not seen since the drug wars of the early 1990s.
Take for example Chicago, five men were killed and at least 20 people shot over the four-day Christmas holiday weekend. Last year, 59 people were shot over the same period, leaving 11 dead.
Across the United States, homicides rose about 9% last year with more than one-third of the increase concentrated in Chicago neighborhoods, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Despite the overall deterioration of American inner cities, there was some improvement in areas such as Los Angeles and Washington, D. C., where declines in violent crimes have been in downward trajectories since the 1990s.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Thu, 12/28/2017 –.

“What The H*** Is Going On In Chicago” And Other Highlights From Trump’s Speech To FBI Grads

With the feud between the White House and FBI growing bigger by the day, you know…in light of FBI Agent Peter Strzok’s efforts to collude with Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to institute an “insurance policy”intended to make sure Trump would never win in 2016, no one had any idea what to expect when Trump took the stage earlier this morning to address graduates of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.
As it turns out, Trump had nothing but praise for the FBI grads but he did re-launch his full-frontal assault on Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago’s surging violent crime problem, asking “what the hell is going on in Chicago?”
As a quick reminder, courtesy of stats from HeyJackAss!, here’s a quick recap of “what the hell is going on in Chicago.” In aggregate, 3,451 people have been shot so far in 2017, or roughly 1 person every 2.4 hours, and 651 have died from there injuries. Per the chart below, the violent crime is a persistent cloud over the city of Chicago with shootings and murders happening on a daily occurrence

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 15, 2017.

Watch Live: Rosenstein Takes The Hot Seat As Republican Fury Over FBI Bias Heats Up

Moments from now Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has the unfortunate role of overseeing Special Counsel Mueller’s Russia investigation, will take the hot seat before the House Judiciary Committee to get grilled by Republicans on what increasingly appears to be a hopelessly conflicted FBI.
As we’ve pointed out repeatedly over the past week (see here for the latest: “Trump Should Go F Himself” – Texts Leak From FBI Agents On Russia Probe, Hillary Emails Investigation), Mueller’s lead FBI agent, Peter Strzok, was completely exposed as a political hack after anti-Trump text messages between he and his mistress were revealed. The text messages allegedly resulted in his sudden dismissal back in August even though they were not revealed to the public until recently.


This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 13, 2017.

Public Enemy No. 1: Walls Closing In On Peter Strzok As Questions Arise Over His Involvement In FISA Application

Over the past 10 days we’ve learned a lot about FBI agent Peter Strzok, a man who very likely would have lived the remainder of his life in relative obscurity as an FBI counterintelligence agent but for his sudden dismissal from Special Counsel Mueller’s “Russian Collusion” investigation.
As we noted on December 2nd (see: Mueller’s Top FBI Agent Probing Clinton Emails, Russian-Collusion “Removed” After Anti-Trump Texts Found), Strzok’s life became far more complicated when it was revealed that his dismissal from Mueller’s team was linked to the discovery of multiple “anti-Trump text messages” shared with a colleague…a colleague with whom he happened to be having an extramarital affair.
Of course, like most twisted Washington D. C. scandals, his overt political bias and anti-Trump text messages were only the tip of the iceberg as it was subsequently discovered that Strzok not only held a leading role in the Hillary email investigation but potentially single-handedly saved her from prosecution by making the now-infamous change in Comey’s final statement to describe her email abuses as “extremely careless” rather than the original language of “grossly negligent.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 12, 2017.

“Astonishing And Disturbing” Email Exposes Mueller Deputy As Anti-Trumper

The rumblings that Special Counsel Mueller’s Russia investigation is perilously compromised by political bias are about to grow a whole lot louder.
Just a couple of days after it was revealed that FBI veteran, Peter Strzok, was removed from Mueller’s team due to the discovery of anti-Trump text messages exchanged with a colleague (whom he happened to be having an extra-marital affair with), and hours after the WSJ editorial board called for Mueller to step down for being “too conflicted”, Judicial Watch has released emails obtained via FOIA that reveal another agent and a Mueller deputy, Andrew Weissmann, praising former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates’ efforts to defy a direct order from President Trump on the enforcement of his travel ban executive order.
“I am so proud. And in awe. Thank you so much. All my deepest respects.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 5, 2017.

Dismissed FBI Agent Is One Who Changed Hillary Email Scandal Language From “Grossly Negligent” To “Extremely Careless”

Over the weekend we noted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s top FBI investigator into ‘Russian meddling’, agent Peter Strzok, was removed from the probe due to the discovery of anti-Trump text messages exchanged with a colleague (a colleague whom he also happened to be having an extra-marital affair with).
Not surprisingly, the discovery prompted a visceral response from Trump via Twitter:
Tainted (no, very dishonest?) FBI ‘agent’s role in Clinton probe under review.’ Led Clinton Email probe. @foxandfriends Clinton money going to wife of another FBI agent in charge.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2017

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 5, 2017.

Mueller Goes After Trump’s Bank Accounts, Subpoenas Deutsche Bank

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed Deutsche Bank, demanding that it disclose details of transactions and documents on accounts help by President Trump and members of his family as the “Russian collusion” probe now turns its attention to Trump’s bank accounts. According to Handelsblatt, which first reported the news, the bank received the subpoena several weeks ago. Trump has had a banking relationship with Deutsche Bank dating back nearly two decades and the German lender’s $300 million loan accounts for nearly half of his outstanding debt (based on a July 2016 analysis by Bloomberg). Trump’s debt to Deutsche includes $170m relating to a Washington hotel.
The media is taking the Deutsche Bank news as a sign that Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 alleged campaign is ‘deepening’. However, it was clear that a subpoena was coming more than four months ago (see below) and, besides Michael Flynn, Mueller’s investigation has included interviews with three other former Trump aides recently, former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, former spokesman Sean Spicer and National Security Council chief of staff Keith Kellogg, according to people familiar with the investigation.
As Bloomberg adds, “the news comes as Mueller’s investigation appears to be entering a new phase, with Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, pleading guilty Friday to lying to FBI agents, becoming the fourth associate of the president ensnared by Mueller’s probe. More significantly, he also is providing details to Mueller about the Trump campaign’s approach to Flynn’s controversial meeting with a Russian envoy during the presidential transition.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 5, 2017.

More Anti-Trump Messages Reportedly Sent By Members Of Mueller’s Team: “A Lot More Is Going To Come Out”

Days after it emerged that former Special Counsel investigator Peter Strzok was fired from Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia probe in August for sending anti-Trump text messages to his mistress while the two were working together on the Clinton email investigation, Sara Carter of Circa told a Fox News panel that there are more anti-Trump messages sent by Mueller’s team floating around.
Carter previously emerged as one of the handful of people to review documents obtained by an undercover FBI informantembedded in the Russian uranium industry. Appearing on Hannity’s show Monday night, Carter was asked about rumors of more anti-Trump sentiment expressed by Mueller’s team:
Sean Hannity: I’m hearing rumors all over the place Sara Carter that there are other anti-Trump text-emails out there. And we know about them. Sara Carter: I think you’re hearing correctly Sean and I think a lot more is going to come out. In fact, I know a lot more is going to come out based on the sources I’ve spoken to.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 5, 2017.

Anti-Trump FBI Agent Changed Language Of Hillary Email Scandal From “Grossly Negligent” To “Extremely Careless”

Over the weekend we noted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s top FBI investigator into ‘Russian meddling’, agent Peter Strzok, was removed from the probe due to the discovery of anti-Trump text messages exchanged with a colleague (a colleague whom he also happened to be having an extra-marital affair with).
Not surprisingly, the discovery prompted a visceral response from Trump via Twitter:
Tainted (no, very dishonest?) FBI ‘agent’s role in Clinton probe under review.’ Led Clinton Email probe. @foxandfriends Clinton money going to wife of another FBI agent in charge.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2017

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 4, 2017.

Did Trump Just Admit to Felony Obstruction?

Two dumb things here. First, Trump is stupid enough to own and use an iPhone.
But second, and not-at-all tongue-in-cheek, is the content of this tweet.
If Trump fired Flynn knowing Flynn had lied to the FBI and then attempted to get Comey to drop the investigation into Flynn’s conduct (which he has also admitted to doing, which there is documentary evidence of, and which occurred after he fired Flynn) then Trump knew at the time he asked Comey to “let it go” that Flynn had committed a felony offense.

This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2017-12-02.

A Plurality Of Voters Want Special Counsel To Investigate Clinton And Trump

Despite Jeff Sessions’ surprising insistence during his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee earlier this week that there’s ‘no factual basis’ to appoint a special counsel to investigate actions by Clinton and former FBI Director James Comey, a plurality of voters believe special prosecutors should be investigating both the Clinton and Trump campaigns, according to a recent study that was shared with the Hill.
The latest Harvard CAPS/Harris survey found that 44 percent of voters surveyed said a special counsel is needed to investigate both campaigns, meanwhile twenty-seven percent said only Trump needs to be investigated, while 21 percent said only Clinton needs to be investigated and nine percent said neither should be investigated.
The poll’s findings also showed that the number of voters who believe Special Counsel Mueller has found hard evidence of collusion is a paltry 38 percent, while 36 percent say there is no hard evidence yet and 27 percent saying they don’t know.
Unsurprisingly, the survey concluded that the public believes the Mueller investigation is hurting American democracy more than it is helping by implying that powerful, politically-connected Democrats who have the implicit support of the FBI and Deep State intelligence apparatus are immune to prosecution, while an outsider like Trump is not.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 17, 2017.

Anti-White Hate Crimes Are The Fastest Growing Racial Crimes In America

A new FBI report indicates that hate crimes committed against white Americans are the fastest growing racial hate crimes in the United States.
The FBI report on 2016 Hate Crime Statistics shows that in 2016, there were 876 reported anti-white hate crime offenses in the United States. In 2015, this number was 734, indicating a 19.34 percent increase.
There were more racial hate crime offenses altogether in 2016 compared to 2015 – the total tally of hate crimes in 2016 was 6,121, compared to 5,850 in 2015. More than half of those incidents were motivated by the victim’s race.
There were 4,029 single-bias incidents that targeted ‘Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry’ in 2015, compared to 4,229 in 2016.
Anti-Hispanic or Latino hate crimes also increased in 2016. In 2015, the number of offenses targeting Hispanic/Latino Americans was 379. In 2016, that increased to 449, an increase of 18.46 percent. Anti-Black hate crimes actually declined by three offenses.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 15, 2017.

Federal Prosecutors Are Running Amok

It is hard to know where to begin regarding the charges against Paul Manafort, the former campaign director for Donald Trump’s successful presidential bid, but having read the indictments and knowing some background about both the case and the investigation, I cannot say it is exactly a high point of American justice. In fact, when former FBI chief Robert Mueller first was appointed as a special prosecutor to look into the allegations that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia the tilt the election to Trump’s favor, I feared his investigation would turn out to be an assault on the Constitution – and Mueller has done nothing to dispel those fears.
I have included a link to the actual indictment, and while federal indictments can be a bit mind-numbing to read, nonetheless I have found nothing in it that relates to the original reason the Mueller probe was created: alleged Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. Instead, it is clear that Mueller engaged in a legal ‘fishing expedition’ against Manafort and found evidence of tax evasion involving income that Manafort made while serving as a lobbyist for the government of Ukraine.
The criminal charges themselves clearly don’t match up to the original purpose of the investigation. Writes Judge Andrew Napolitano:
Both were accused of working as foreign agents and failing to report that status to the federal government, using shell corporations to launder income and obstruction of justice by lying to the federal government.

This post was published at Ludwig von Mises Institute on November 13, 2017.

Manafort, Gates Under House Arrest After Pleading “Not Guilty” To Mueller Charges

Update: Manafort and Gates have been released to house arrest while they scramble to gather money for their bail, set at $10 million and $5 million, respectively, after pleading not guilty to a 12-count indictment charging them with making tens of millions of dollars while secretly working for the Ukrainian government and then hiding the money from the U. S. government.
The special counsel’s office considers Manafort a flight risk, and lawyers in Mueller’s office argued before Judge Deborah Robinson on Monday afternoon, citing the seriousness of the charges and the extent of Manafort’s ties abroad. The FBI took possession of Manafort’s passport yesterday. In a statement to reporters following the hearing, Manafort’s lawyer, Kevin Downing, called the charges against his client “ridiculous.”
‘There is no evidence that Mr. Manafort or the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government,’ Downing told reporters after Manafort’s court appearance.
‘Mr. Manafort represented pro-European Union campaigns for the Ukranians. And in that, he was seeking to further democracy, and to help the Ukraine come closer to the United States and the EU.’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 30, 2017.

FBI Is Probing Puerto Rico’s $300 Million Power Contract With Whitefish Energy

Just a day after Puerto Rico’s cash-strapped power authority on Sunday canceled its controversial $300 million contract with Whitefish Energy, a small Montana company tasked with rebuilding the island’s power grid after it was completely destroyed by Hurricanes Maria and Irma, the WSJ is reporting that the FBI is looking into the circumstances surrounding the contract.
The contract was canceled on orders from Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello, who pointed to the burgeoning controversy surrounding the company – including its relationship with Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, who is from the same small Montana town where Whitefish is based.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 30, 2017.

“Did He Wear A Wire?”: Former Trump Campaign Aide Pleads Guilty To Lying To FBI

Update: Papadopoulos’s attorney has weighed in…
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In addition to the news that former Trump campaign executive Paul Manafort and his longtime deputy, Rick Gates, have been indicted on 12 counts including tax fraud, money laundering, failing to register as a lobbyist for a foreign country, and conspiring against the US, unsealed court documents have revealed that former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty on Oct. 5 to making false statements to the FBI.
Noting that the Russian government often uses foreign intermediaries to accomplish its foreign policy goals, the FBI said it investigated Papadopoulos, who served as a foreign adviser for the Trump campaign starting on March 2016 and continuing through most of the campaign, for any such contacts. This investigation included an interview in January 2017. According to the indictment, there is probable cause to believe that on Jan. 27, Papadopoulos made material false statements and omitted material facts to the FBI regarding his interactions during the campaign with foreign contacts, including Russian nationals.
Specifically, Prosecutors charged Papadopolous with lying to investigators and that he falsely described his interactions with a certain foreign contact, identified as a professor, who discussed “dirt” related to emails concering then-presiential candidate Hillary Clinton, when in fact, he had repeated communications with that contact while serving as an adviser on the campaign. Papadopoulos allegedly told the FBI that those conversations happened before he joined the campaign, statements rebutted by the Justice Department’s timeline.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 30, 2017.

“Unhinged” Billionaire Steyer Urges Nation To “Impeach Mentally Unstable Trump” In Prime Time World Series Ad

In the commercial break before the National Anthem was sung at tonight’s game 5 of The World Series, hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer decided it was time to release his full length ad demanding that President Trump be impeached…
“He’s brought us to the brink of nuclear war, obstructed justice at the FBI, and in violation of the constitution, he has taken money from foreign governments and threatened to shut down news organizations who report the truth. If that isn’t a case for impeaching and removing a dangerous president then what has our government become?
…I’m Tom Steyer, and like you, I’m a citizen who knows it’s up to us to do something.
…this president is a clear and present danger who’s mentally unstable and armed with nuclear weapons…
As a reminder, President Trump was not impressed with Mr. Steyer during the week:
Wacky & totally unhinged Tom Steyer, who has been fighting me and my Make America Great Again agenda from beginning, never wins elections!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2017

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 29, 2017.

Paul Manafort Told To Surrender To FBI On Charges Including Tax Fraud

Update: The Washington Post reports that Manafort was seen entering the FBI’s Washington field office Monday.
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Update: Manafort has been hit with several charges, including tax fraud, WSJ reported. He’s expected in federal court in Washington later Monday, a person familiar with the matter said. Meanwhile, Rick Gates is also reportedly turning himself in.
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Update: CBS News confirms a photojournalist has captured images of Manafort leaving his home this morning with his lawyer.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 30, 2017.

James Bovard: ‘How Facebook Censored Me’

Submitted by James Bovard via USAToday.com,
Facebook said my post’s image of a violent FBI raid ‘incorrectly triggered our automation tools’… But it wasn’t the first time an iconic image vanished…
Responding to Russian-funded political advertisements, Facebook chairman Mark Zuckerberg declared last month that ‘we will do our part to defend against nation states attempting to spread misinformation.’ But Facebook is effectively sowing disinformation by kowtowing to foreign regimes and censoring atrocities such as ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. In the name of repressing fake news and hate speech, Facebook is probably suppressing far more information than Americans realize.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 28, 2017.

J. Edgar Hoover: “Need To Convince Public That Oswald Is Real Assassin”

Amid the thousands of new files released yesterday – though less than expected – were two intriguing memos to, and from, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover on November 24th, 1963 – the day that Jack Ruby killed Lee Harvey Oswald as the gunman was being transported to the Dallas County Jail after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
In a memo issued by Hoover, he appeared to be particularly concerned that the public would have to be compelled to believe that Oswald was a lone actor – not part of a larger conspiracy.
“There is nothing further on the Oswald case except that he is dead.”
In the 1964 Warren Report on Kennedy’s assassination, NBC notes, Hoover was firm in stating that he hadn’t seen “any scintilla of evidence” suggesting a conspiracy – a sentiment he expressed in other public forums, as well, but not in words as blunt as those he used the day Oswald was killed.
Referring to Nicholas Katzenbach, the deputy attorney general at the time, Hoover dictated:

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 27, 2017.