Friday, February 22, 2019

HOW THE PLOT THICKENED

Smollett may he a TV star, but he wasn’t the brightest star on the horizon when he paid Abel Osundairo $3,500 with his personal check

Daily Mail
February 21, 2019

Police say Smollett knew Abel Osundairo, the older brother, because he bought 'designer drugs' from him. In text messages that predate the hoax attack, he asked Abel for 'Molly' - the street name for ecstasy - multiple times.

Following the court hearing during which Smollett’s bail was set at $100,000, prosecutors gave this detailed description of how he put the hoax together.

On January 25, he texted Abel asking him when he was planning to go to Nigeria, a trip that had been prearranged.

They were familiar with one another because Abel had once filled in as a character on Empire who was a love interest of Smollett's character, Jamal Lyon.

Abel replied that he and his brother were leaving on January 29 to which Smollett replied: 'Might need your help on the low.

'You around to meet up and talk face to face?'

That afternoon, they met up at the CineSpace studio and Smollett drove Abel home.

During the car ride, he told him about his 'displeasure' over 20th Century Fox's reaction to the letter he allegedly sent himself days earlier.

He said he wanted to stage an attack and suggested that Ola, Abel's younger brother, get involved.

Once they got to the brothers' home, they summoned Ola outside and Smollett asked the pair if he could trust them.

Smollett then allegedly laid out what he wanted them to do and gave them a $100 bill to buy ski masks, a red hat, gloves, rope and bleach to use.

'He stated that he wanted the brothers to catch his attention by calling him an Empire faggot Empire nigger. He detailed that he wanted Abel to attack him but not to hurt him too badly and give him a chance to fight back.

'He also included that he wanted Ola to place a rope around his neck, pour gasoline on him and yell: "This is MAGA country" and "Make America Great Again,"' a proffer that was released by the State's Attorney's office said.

Police have found surveillance footage of the ride and have phone records which put Smollett in the area of the brothers home at the time.

On January 27, he picked the brothers up from their home and drove them to where he wanted the attack to happen in the late morning.

He warned them not to bring their cell phones with them and showed them a surveillance camera on the corner which he believed would capture the incident.

Smollett drove the brothers home and provided them with a $3500 personal check made payable to Abel, which was backdated to January 23, 2019.

He then flew to New York City to take part in a reading of a play.

The attack was scheduled to take place at 10pm on January 28 but was set back several hours by Smollett's delayed flight from New York to Chicago on the day of the incident.

His flight landed at 12.30am, January 29.

At 12.49am, he called Abel and their conversation lasted three minutes. During this call, he instructed him to carry out the attack at 2am.

Abel then ordered an Uber to pick the pair up at their home and take them to the crime scene.

They took the Uber part of the way but then got out and hopped in a taxi to take them the remainder of the distance.

At 1.22am, they arrived within three blocks of it. At 1.45am, Smollett left his apartment building to go to a Subway and the brothers made their way towards the intended spot.

Smollett, however, was late. They did not cross paths until 2.04am which is when they carried out the attack. At the exact moment it was occurring, an NBC News employee was getting out of her car nearby. She told police later that she did not hear anything suspicious, despite Smollett alleging that the attackers yelled racial slurs.

The attack only lasted 45 seconds and was 'just outside the view of the desired nearby camera that Smollett had pointed out to the brothers approximately 15 hours earlier.'

The brothers then ran away on foot, heading southbound towards the Chicago River. They then got in a taxi at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Fifteen minutes later, they got out of the cab a few blocks from their house.

Two minutes later, at 2.27am, Smollett's manager reported it to police and police arrived at Smollett's apartment at 2.42am, 12 minutes later.

While being interviewed, he not only described the attack but claimed to have received a phone call on January 26 from someone who said 'hey you little faggot' and hung up. He said the call happened near a camera and that it captured the attack. It was the same camera he pointed out to the brothers in the hope that it would capture their staged ambush.

EDITOR’S NOTE: As for that cut under Smollett’s eye, that was not inflicted by Abel or Ola. It turns out that it was self-inflicted. Smollett simply scratched himself under his right eye.

NEW AWARD CATEGORY

by Bob Walsh

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced a new award category. It is for the BEST ATTEMPT TO MAKE WHITE CONSERVATIVES IN GENERAL AND DONALD TRUMP SPECIFICALLY LOOK LIKE SHIT REGARDLESS OF TRUTH. There is only one nominee, Jussie Smollett.

I actually just made this up. That doesn't mean it isn't true.

ITS FOR YOUR OWN GOOD YOU UNGRATEFUL BASTARDS

by Bob Walsh

The legislature of the formerly great state of California is about to make California safe from the danger of sugar.

They want to heavily tax sugar sweetened drinks, prohibit the sale of larger-than 16 ounce sugared drink in food service and restaurant settings and (depending on whose noise you believe) prohibit promotional pricing of sugar sweetened drinks in retail settings.

Similar stupidity was attempted in New York state a few years back. The courts said the state did not have the authority to take the action.

The current notion, not yet on paper, is to tax sugared drinks 2 cents per fluid ounce in addition to whatever other taxes and costs might be there already.

David Chiu, one of the legislators (from SF) pimping this, has said that the idea is to force consumers to "think twice" about their choices.

In CA it is specifically illegal for local jurisdictions to impose soda taxes. That doesn't mean the state can't.

And these are the dumb fucks that we keep re-electing to run our state.

MAYOR SLYVESTOR TURNER INSISTS THE FBI INVESTIGATION IS NOT AN INVESTIGATION

Phony Houston Drug Warrant Prompts FBI Investigation and Review of 1,400 Cases

By Jacob Sullum

reason
February 21, 2019

The fraudulent search warrant that authorized last month's deadly Houston drug raid has prompted an FBI investigation and a review of more than 1,400 cases involving the narcotics officer who obtained the warrant.

"The FBI Houston Field Office has opened an independent civil rights investigation into allegations that a search warrant obtained by Houston police officers was based on false, fabricated information," the FBI announced in a press release yesterday. "The execution of that search warrant at 7815 Harding Street, Houston, TX, on January 28, 2019, resulted in the deaths of Rhogena Nicholas and Dennis Tuttle as well as serious injuries to several Houston police officers."

Officer Gerald Goines, who was shot in the neck during the no-knock raid, obtained the warrant by claiming that he had sent a confidential informant into the house on January 27 to buy heroin from a man matching Tuttle's description. The C.I. supposedly returned with "a quantity of brown powder substance," subsequently identified as black-tar heroin, and reported that there many more bags of it in the house, along with a 9mm semi-automatic handgun. Police found neither of those things, or any other evidence of drug dealing, when they searched the house the next day after they killed Nicholas and Tuttle during a shootout they started by breaking into the house and killing the couple's dog with a shotgun.

After two informants named by Goines and every other C.I. known to work with him denied participating in the "controlled buy" he described, investigators concluded that Goines had invented the episode. Goines "lied in an affidavit," Police Chief Art Acevedo said last Friday, and "more than likely...will be charged with a serious crime." Under Texas law, lying in a search warrant affidavit is aggravated perjury, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison. Under federal law, willfully depriving someone of his constitutional rights "under color of any law" is punishable by a prison term up to life or by execution "if death results."

The Harris County District Attorney's Office, meanwhile, is examining "more than 1,400 criminal cases" in which Goines has been involved since joining the Houston Police Department in 1984. "Our duty is to see that justice is done in every case," Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a press release yesterday. "Although the criminal investigation of Officer Goines is ongoing, we have an immediate ethical obligation to notify defendants and their lawyers in Goines' other cases to give them an opportunity to independently review any potential defenses." The defendants in 27 pending cases were notified yesterday, while "notification in older cases will be ongoing."

Judges routinely rubber-stamp search warrant applications like the one that Goines submitted in this case, where a single officer acting on an anonymous tip claims to have arranged a drug purchase by an unnamed C.I. Since there is no way for the judge to verify the applicant's claims, he simply has to trust that the cop is not making shit up. Once it is clear that a cop is willing to make shit up, that trust evaporates, calling into question the validity of every search warrant he has ever obtained. As the Houston Chronicle reported last week, Goines had already been accused of perjury and mishandling evidence in an ongoing drug case where he was also suspected of inventing a C.I. It seems likely that many defendants will have grounds to challenge convictions based on Goines' testimony or on evidence discovered in searches authorized by warrants that he obtained.

"We welcome closer scrutiny into his work," Nicole DeBorde, a lawyer for Goines, told The New York Times. "He's been a police officer for 35 years, and what I'm hearing is that he's a man of integrity and his colleagues think highly of him." If so, one has to wonder what integrity means within the Houston Police Department's Narcotics Division.

Addendum: By noting that judges cannot independently verify controlled buys described by narcotics officers, I did not mean to imply that there were no grounds for Houston Municipal Court Judge Gordon Marcum, who approved the warrant in this case, to be skeptical of Goines' affidavit. Tuttle and Nicholas had lived at 7815 Harding Street for more than three decades; they were well-known in the neighborhood and publicly listed as residents. Yet in his affidavit, Goines refers to Tuttle as "a white male, whose name is unknown." That should have been a red flag indicating that Goines' investigation, which supposedly "had been going on for approximately two (2) weeks," was less than thorough. Goines also said he "advised" the C.I. that "narcotics were being sold and stored" at the house, but he cited no evidence of that, notwithstanding his two-week investigation. Goines claimed another narcotics officer, Steven Bryant, recognized the brown powder as heroin, a detail that Bryant has since contradicted. One wonders what Bryant would have said if Marcum had asked him to verify Goines' account.

THE FBI IS TRYING TO SET UP A NATIONWIDE DNA DATA BANK. SHOULD YOU BE WORRIED?

By Trey Rusk

Running Code 3
February 20, 2019

DNA kits purchased by millions of Americans have been turning over their DNA samples and the identities of users to the FBI. Some people are surprised. They shouldn't be.

If the FBI is looking for a violent offender through DNA data bases, they can probably locate them even if the criminal hasn't submitted their own DNA. The FBI can be led to the culprit through a relative's DNA sample.

Example: Joe Blow the Psycho Killer has left his DNA profile at several crime scenes. The FBI looks into the data base and finds a near match. The near match is a relative who submitted a DNA sample to a private company to check their ancestry. The relative is contacted and through samples of other relatives and interviews the FBI is led by reliable DNA evidence to Joe Blow the Psycho Killer.

In 2017 a new law signed by President Trump requires law enforcement to forward DNA samples of arrestees to the FBI just like they have been doing with fingerprints. Only this process is easier.

I don't know why people are shocked to know their DNA was given to law enforcement. Aren't they aware that if they have a cell phone all of their movements are tracked and text messages stored. If interested, their conversations can be monitored with a FISA warrant.

The bottom line is that Americans have no privacy. Web searches, Facebook, Instagram and a host of other services that you agree to are all monitoring everything you do. You really don't even have to agree to anything. Banks, Hospitals and large corporations routinely announce breaches of their networks.

Most people don't have to worry about their DNA information because they aren't criminals. However, If you ever wondered if the FBI kept a file on you. The answer is probably.

So there are no more secrets. I've never known of a secret that could be kept anyway.

That's the way I see it.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Secret? The Hell's Angels have a saying: Three people can keep a secret if two of them are dead.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

‘NO KNOCK’ VS. ‘KNOCK AND ANNOUNCE’ SEARCH WARRANTS

The Houston drug raid that left two homeowners shot dead and four officers shot, has raised cries to ban ‘no knock’ search warrants

By Howie Katz

Big Jolly Times
February 20, 2019

The January 29 Houston PD drug raid that left two homeowners shot dead and four officers shot, continues to make the news amid cries to ban ‘no knock’ search warrants.

The raid on the Harding Street house did not go well, to say the least. The occupants of the house, Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas, were killed in a shootout with Houston PD narcotics officers, four of whom were wounded by the gunfire. On top of that, there is evidence that the search warrant affidavit was fabricated by one or more of the raiding officers.

The search warrant obtained by the narcotics officers was a ‘no knock’ warrant. It allows the cops to smash the door in and enter the premises without any warning to the occupants. The purpose of such warrants is to protect officers from being shot if the occupants are known to be armed or to prevent the disposal of contraband.

The protection of officers from getting shot is a legitimate reason for a no knock warrant. But it can be argued that the disposal of evidence is a bogus concern. If there is a large quantity of narcotics and packaging materials in the house, those cannot be flushed down the toilet. Neither can a scale. I once tried to flush about 8 oz of pot down a toilet. No matter how many times I flushed, the marijuana continued to float on top of the water.

The problem with a no knock entry is that the occupant may believe he is being attacked by home invaders and will try to defend himself by shooting at who he believes to be burglars. Although the cops in the Houston raid claim they shouted “police,” Tuttle may not have heard them. That makes sense because Tuttle, 59, had no criminal record and logic says he would not knowingly have shot at the police.

I question the need for no knock search warrants. The drug raids I went on in the Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Orange counties of California were all conducted with ‘knock and announce’ warrants. And although in most of those raids the occupants of the raided houses were heavily armed, none of them led to a shootout.

All drug raids are dangerous. In the war on drugs there will be casualties on both sides regardless of the type of search warrant used. The safety of both cops and crooks, as well as the avoidance of hitting a wrong target, boils down to meticulous planning, pre-raid orientation of all participants and careful execution of the raid.

Drug raids are usually carried out late at night or before dawn in the belief that the suspects will be asleep and will be surprised before they can reach for a gun.

There is really little difference between the way no knock warrants and knock and announce warrants are carried out. In knock and announce warrants, the police have to knock on the door, identify themselves as the police and announce they have a search warrant. The warrants do not specify how loud the knocks and announcements must be, nor do they specify how long officers must wait before they can kick the door in.

In the raids I went on, we knocked gently on the door and in a normal voice stated “This is the police, we have a search warrant,” and – crash - the door got kicked in. So, what is the difference between no knock warrants and knock and announce warrants? About 10 seconds.

A knock and announce entry, which is designed to let the occupants know it’s the police that want to enter the premises, doesn’t work unless the cops pound on the door and shout out loud “This is the police, we have a search warrant,” and then wait at least one minute during daylight and two minutes at night before kicking the door in. Of course, if after knocking on the door, they hear what sounds like the occupants trying to dispose contraband, they can break in immediately.

At a town hall meeting Monday, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told an angry crowd, “The no-knock warrants are going to go away like leaded gasoline in this city.” He is now bellowing about restricting the use of no knock warrants, but since there is so little difference in the way the two types of warrants are carried out, Acevedo is just blowing more hot air.

JUSSIE SMOLLETT COMES A CROPPER

by Bob Walsh

Jussie Smollett may be in deep kimchi. He has been charged by a Grand Jury with filing a false police report, which can be either a felony or a misdemeanor depending on how it is charged. It is also possible that he may face federal mail fraud charges over the letter that he got so pissed off that it was ignored. It seems highly likely that he sent it to himself.

So far he is hanging tough and the cops are talking with his lawyer about him surrendering. I won't be surprised if he runs. I would GUESS that he sees his career as being over if the is convicted, or cops to the charges and I BELIEVE that his career is the most important thing in his life right now or he would not have painted himself into a dumbass corner in the fashion that he has.

By the time you read this, about 12 hours after I am typing it, we might have a pretty good idea which way this is going to break. He may, just maybe, save himself if he kisses a lot of ass and eats a lot of crow.

What I find interesting and remarkable is that ANYBODY who had any brains and a stinkometer that was even slightly working would have looked sideways at his initial story. The media and Trump haters WANTED to believe the story, so they did, even though it was highly improbably on it's face. A stinkometer is not infallible. Sometimes highly unlikely stories are proven to be true, or at least can not be proven to be false. That being said, if it looks like horseshit and smells like horseshit there is a pretty fair chance that it is horseshit and not a chocolate cupcake. Before you swallow it whole, you should be sure.