#AceNewsReport – July.05: Whether motivated by patriotism or some other reason, a Texas woman who tried to join a July 4 parade without permission ended up arrested Saturday, according to a report.
TEXAS: Parade officials and police said the suspect refused to comply when they tried to convince her to leave the parade, a report said the police were called to the scene on a report that Bostic was allegedly causing a disturbance, the station reported.
#AceNewsReport – June.05: According to court documents, Daniel Jenkins, 22, of Dallas, pleaded guilty yesterday to a federal hate crime and two other charges in connection with his involvement in a scheme to target gay men for violent crimes, announced Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Prerak Shah, and FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew J. DeSarno of the Dallas Field Office. Jenkins is the last of four defendants to plead guilty to charges stemming from the scheme.
TEXAS: A Dallas man pleaded guilty yesterday to federal hate crime charges in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas: Jenkins pleaded guilty to one hate crime count, one count of conspiracy to commit hate crimes, kidnapping, and carjacking, and one count of use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
“The Department of Justice and the Civil Rights Division are committed to confronting the scourge of hate-based violence gripping communities across our nation,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “We denounce hate-based violence in all of its forms, including violence targeting individuals based on sexual orientation and gender identity. We will continue to diligently investigate and prosecute violent, bias-motivated crimes to the fullest extent. As noted by Attorney General Garland, we stand ready to use every tool in our arsenal to address the rise in hate and we will work to hold perpetrators of hate-motivated violence accountable.”
“These defendants brutalized multiple victims, singling them out due to their sexual orientation. We cannot allow this sort of violence to fester unchecked,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah of the Northern District of Texas. “The Department of Justice is committed to prosecuting hate crimes. In the meantime, we urge dating app users to remain vigilant. Unfortunately, predators often lurk online.”
“Investigating hate crimes is one of the FBI’s highest priorities because of the devastating impact they have on families and communities,” said FBI Dallas Special Agent in Charge Matthew DeSarno. “We are committed to the pursuit of offenders and holding them accountable for perpetrating these harmful crimes. No one should have to live in fear of violence because of who they are, where they are from or what they believe. We will continue working with our law enforcement and community partners to detect and prevent violent incidents motivated by hate or bias. We also urge the public to report any suspected hate crimes to the FBI and local law enforcement.”
According to court documents filed in connection with his guilty plea, Jenkins admitted that he and his co-conspirators used Grindr, a social media dating platform used primarily by gay men, to lure gay men to a vacant apartment and other areas in and around Dallas for robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, and hate crimes over the course of approximately a week in December 2017. Jenkins admitted that he and his co-conspirators held victims against their will; pointed a handgun at victims and took their personal property, including their vehicles; and traveled to local ATMs to withdraw cash from the victims’ accounts. Jenkins further admitted that he and his co-conspirators physically injured at least one victim and taunted the victims based upon the co-conspirators’ perception of the men’s sexual orientation.
In March 2019, Michael Atkinson pleaded guilty to conspiracy and kidnapping charges in connection with this case. In December 2019, Daryl Henry and Pablo Ceniceros-Deleon pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime and other charges in connection with this case. Sentencing for these three defendants is set for June 23.
Daniel Jenkins’ sentencing is set for Oct. 6. Pursuant to the terms of the plea agreement, Jenkins faces a sentence of up to 26 years in prison.
The FBI’s Dallas Field Office conducted the federal investigation; a separate criminal investigation is being conducted by the Dallas Police Department. Special Litigation Counsel Rose E. Gibson and Trial Attorney Kathryn Gilbert of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division along with Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicole Dana of the Northern District of Texas are prosecuting the case.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.31: Update 03/31/2021 7:05 am*** The suspect was taken into custody by the Cedar Park Police Department. It is now safe for everyone to leave their homes. The investigation is still ongoing and charges are pending. Nothing further at this time:
Earlier TODAY LEANDER, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A manhunt is underway for Miles Speight, 19, who police said may have stabbed his mother to death this morning.
Miles Speight, 19 (courtesy: Leander Police Dept.)
Officers found Speight’s mother dead in her home in the 12000 blk of Hero Way West at 2:45 a.m.
Speight fled on foot, possibly armed with a knife before police arrived.
Police described him as Black, 5’10” 150 lbs. with a shaved head wearing unknown color shorts and a T-shirt.
The police department of the small town about 3 hours away from Dallas has asked residents to stay home and lock their doors.
The investigation is still ongoing.
There is a large police presence in the area of Hero Way West and Ran Road. Officers are searching for a male suspect possibly armed with a knife that may be on foot in the area. We are asking all residents in the area to stay in their homes and lock their doors.
In November 2014, 59 percent of voters in Denton backed the bill prohibiting fracking within city limits amid rising concerns that the oil-and-gas-extraction technique would cause serious harm to the environment. The Texas Oil & Gas Association and the Texas General Land Office sued the city in response.
On May 18, Texas governor Greg Abbott signed the House Bill 40 into law, making it the state’s prerogative to decide whether to allow #fracking in cities.
“The Denton City Council voted 6-1 to amend to repeal Initiative Ordinance No. 2014-01, known as the hydraulic fracturing ban. As this ban has been rendered unenforceable by the State of Texas in HB 40, it is in the overall interest of the Denton taxpayers to strategically repeal the ordinance,” a statement, published on the official website of the city of Denton, reads.
The City Council stressed that the decision was arrived at after taking into account all the residents’ concerns and the long-term interests of the city.
#Fracking is the practice of using high-pressure injections of water, sand and toxic chemicals into underground shale formations to extract natural resources. A number of researchers believe that #fracking can cause serious damage to the environment, and even trigger minor earthquakes.
#AceNewsServices – USA:Jan.24: A Texas court in Dallas sentenced journalist Barrett Brown to 63 months behind bars for links to the hacktivist collective Anonymous.
Barrett Brown (Photo from Wikipedia.org)
In April the independent journalist entered a plea deal agreeing to charges of transmitting threats, acting as an accessory to hacking, and obstructing with the execution of a search warrant. In addition to the prison term, the 33-year-old has been ordered to pay nearly $900,000.
Brown had been facing a possible sentence of 8.5 years. His legal team and online supporters, however, argued that the more than two years the hacktivist had already spent in prison were enough.
The controversial case drew attention as a possible crackdown on free press when federal prosecutors charged Brown with fraud for merely sharing a link to a compilation of stolen credit card information from intelligence contractor Stratfor.
The charge was later dropped as part of plea deal he made in April.
The trove of data contained within the link related to subscriber data pilfered from Strategic Forecasting, or Stratfor, a private intelligence company, when it was hacked by Anonymous in December 2011. Thousands of emails obtained in that compromise were later given to the whistleblower website WikIleaks and were subsequently published online.
However, in his sentencing statement Thursday morning Brown alleged that the Statfor hack served as the primary motivation in the government’s case against him.
“The fact that the government has still asked you to punish me for that link is proof, if any more were needed, that those of us who advocate against secrecy are to be pursued without regard for the rule of law, or even common decency,” Brown told the judge.
The $890,000 restitution money will go to Stratfor, Combined Systems and the Law Firm of Puckett and Faraj. All three companies were targeted by Anonymous.
Hacker and activist Jeremy Hammond pleaded guilty in May 2013 to violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act as a member of the Internet collective known as Anonymous for his role in the Stratfor breach. Brown’s mother, Karen Lancaster McCutchin, was sentenced in November 2013 to six months’ probation and a $1,000 fine after she pleaded guilty to helping her son keep laptops from federal agents.
“The Barrett Brown case is such an obvious injustice that a public campaign by his lawyers to place the Beckel statement back into its proper context would be an obvious step for his defence team,” Assange wrote on his site after the December sentencing hearing, noting that the situation personally involves him and WikiLeaks.
#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – October 16 – The federal government is ramping up its response to the Ebola crisis after a second Dallas nurse became ill and it was disclosed that she had been cleared to fly a day before her diagnosis.
While Ebola patients are not considered contagious until they have symptoms and only two persons have been known to contract the disease in the U.S., the revelations Wednesday raised new alarms about whether hospitals and the public health system are equipped to handle the deadly disease.
Pham, 26, became infected while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient to die in the United States. Pham, who graduated from Texas Christian University’s nursing program in 2010, is the first person known to contract the disease while in the United States.
Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Monday Pham was “clinically stable.”
Frieden also apologized to officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. He said his comments Sunday that Pham’s infection was the result of a “breach of protocol” did not reflect on Pham or the hospital’s efforts.
“I apologize if people thought I was criticizing the hospital,” Frieden said at a press conference Monday. “And I feel awful that a health care worker became infected while helping an Ebola patient.”
#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – Public support for President Barack Obama’s health care law is languishing at its lowest level since passage of the landmark legislation four years ago, according to a new poll.
‘ Obama’s health care fails to gain support; Americans expect fixes, not repeal ‘
The Associated Press-GfK survey finds that 26 percent of Americans support the Affordable Care Act. Yet even fewer — 13 percent — think it will be completely repealed. A narrow majority expects the law to be further implemented with minor changes, or as passed.
“To get something repealed that has been passed is pretty impossible,” said Gwen Sliger of Dallas. “At this point, I don’t see that happening.”
Sliger illustrates the prevailing national mood. Although a Democrat, she’s strongly opposed to Obama’s signature legislation. But she thinks “Obamacare” is here to stay.
“I like the idea that if you have a pre-existing condition you can’t be turned down, but I don’t like the idea that if you don’t have health insurance you’ll be fined,” said Sliger.
The poll was taken before Thursday’s announcement by the White House that new health insurance markets have surpassed the goal of 6 million sign-ups, so it did not register any of the potential impact of that news on public opinion. Open enrollment season began with a dysfunctional HealthCare.gov website last Oct. 1 but will end Monday on what looks to be a more positive note.
Impressions of the health care roll-out while low, have improved slightly.
Thomas Eric Duncan filled out a series of questions about his health and activities before leaving on his journey to Dallas.
On a Sept. 19 form obtained by The Associated Press, he answered NO to all of them.
Among other questions, the form asked whether Duncan had cared for an Ebola patient or touched the body of anyone who had died in an area affected by Ebola.
“We expect people to do the honourable thing,” said Binyah Kesselly, chairman of the board of directors of the Liberia Airport Authority in Monrovia. The agency obtained permission from the Ministry of Justice to pursue the matter.
Neighbours in the Liberian capital believe Duncan become infected when he helped bundle a sick pregnant neighbour into a taxi a few weeks ago and set off with her to find treatment.
#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW – April 10 – Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications (Roskomnadzor) has warned against hosting Internet resources on the network addresses of the CloudFlare service, making it possible to accelerate the work of websites and protect them from outside threats.
The press service of the Russian communications watchdog said on Thursday that hosting in this system increased the risk of inclusion of a website in the black lists of resources with banned information.
The CloudFlare project had been created in the United States in 2009 and the network of this service is now located in San Jose, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, New Jersey, Dallas, as well as in Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo.
“Cases of inclusion of network addresses of the CloudFlare service in the unified register of banned information have become more frequent. It is caused by the active use of this service by the websites that violate Russian legislation,” Roskomnadzor said. It added that such websites hide information on the location of their hosting provider.
“This makes interaction of Roskomnadzor with the real hosting provider more difficult and factually excludes the possibility of timely removal of illegal information for the restoration of access to blocked resources,” the agency explained, adding that CloudFlare representatives refuse from co-operation and do not reply to Roskomnadzor’s official notifications.
Due to the absence of response from the service, many conscientious Internet resources, using its services, are blocked by communications operators in Russian.
#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – April 05 – (VOA) – Former U.S. President George W. Bush has a new title to add to his resume: painter.
The subjects of his paintings? World leaders – a theme he knows well.
Bush’s portraits go on display in his presidential library and museum in Dallas, Texas Saturday.
The exhibit, titled “The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy,” will feature his paintings of world figures he worked with during his presidency from 2001 to 2009, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama (BBC)
Bush began his painting hobby two years ago. In an interview on NBC with his daughter Jenna Bush Hager, who works for the network,
Bush said although he does not think he is a great artist, “a whole new world has opened up” for him.
“An alarming amount of “chatter” is being heard about nuclear weapons with a number of respected & credible journalists and news commentators suggesting recent weapons movements in conjunction with a number of firings of high-ranking military officers suggest a possible nuclear false-flag.”
How much Control has The US Got Over Companies That Do Not Toe The Line – or as it used to be called the party line! Sounds too much like we are in Red China or another such communist state! But no, this is good old ” America Land Of The Free” or so we are led to believe!
Though when good old ” Uncle Sam” says jump companies that want to remain in business or even in the country, ask how high!
So is it or should we say was it – you choose! That a company called Lavabit closed its doors!
An extract courtesy of RT.com confirms just what Ladar Levison of Dallas Texas said or was told to say- you choose!
“I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit. After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations,” owner and operator Ladar Levison of Dallas, Texas wrote in the statement. “I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot.”
“I feel you deserve to know what’s going on–the First Amendment is supposed to guarantee me the freedom to speak out in situations like this. Unfortunately, Congress has passed laws that say otherwise,” wrote Levison. “As things currently stand, I cannot share my experiences over the last six weeks, even though I have twice made the appropriate requests.”
The real coincidence is that this email service was the highly encrypted email service reportedly used by NSA leaker Edward Snowden! And this had gone offline – and its administrator claims the company is legally barred from explaining why.
The Global Post wrote on July 12 that the Sheremetyevo Airport press conference hosted by Snowden later that day was announced to human rights groups under the email address “email@example.com” and signed by “Edward Joseph Snowden.” Washington Post foreign affairs blogger Max Fisher and Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald have both since reported that Lavabit is indeed Snowdon’s email provider.
So maybe if you are like me and more people are joining this view every day – you can see government control at work, the question in my mind is not how far have they gone, but how far are they willing to go!
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