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Who were pedophile Epstein and prosecutor Acosta protecting with ‘bizarre’ deal?

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

By Noreen Marcus and Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The secret deal that lawyers for pedophile Jeffrey Epstein struck with then-U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta a decade ago did much more than protect the disgraced billionaire from an extended prison term. It also shut down a South Florida grand jury probe that could have reached to others in Epstein’s international sex-trafficking ring.
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U.S. appeals court in Miami to consider how much public can be allowed to know about 9/11

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A federal appeals court panel will hear arguments in Miami on Thursday about how much the public should be allowed to know about what led up to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.
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A new transparency push calls on Trump, intelligence chiefs to declassify all 9/11 records

Monday, April 30th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Faced with persistent government stonewalling, a growing opposition that’s grounded in America’s heartland and taking root on Capitol Hill is calling on President Trump and the nation’s law enforcement and intelligence chiefs to declassify all documents related to investigations of the 9/11 attacks.
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Miami Officer Arrested for Running Ponzi Scheme on Other Cops

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

A Miami cop was arrested by the FBI this week at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport as he tried to board a flight to Costa Rica– skipping town to avoid prosecution for his Ponzi scheme loan company.
Miami Police Department Officer Dermis Hernandez, 41, ran a Ponzi scheme that targeted active and retired cops. But it was one of Hernandez’s colleagues who tipped off investigators that something wasn’t right about the officer’s investment practices.
Hernandez is the second Miami police officer arrested in 2018 so far. Officer Adrian Santos was arrested in January for doing cocaine at popular Miami nightclub E11even.
The Miami U.S. Attorney’s Office reports that Hernandez owned and operated a Costa Rican loan company that deceived clients into expecting returns of over 20 percent.
But federal prosecutors said his company was a scam. He used the proceeds from his company to enhance his personal lifestyle and payback early investors.
FBI Agent Sarah Halleran said,
“In truth, Hernandez and his co-conspirators used the investor funds for personal enrichment and to pay the returns of other investors.”
Hernandez lured clients to invest in his company; he claimed the investments carried little to no risk. Hernandez’s company purportedly provided high-interest loans to property owners in Costa Rica.  But Hernandez showed potential clients fake papers that depicted that his company had property rights in Costa Rica.
Clients would then invest in Hernandez’s company under the guise that they were going to be repaid.
One of Hernandez’s clients paid him $10,000 from a personal police retirement fund; the client expected a 20% return on the investment per year, but of course that investment return never came.
Another victim told FBI agents he was guaranteed a 24 percent return on his personal investment of $125,000, but only received $17,000 back in interest payments.
An officer that invested with Hernandez didn’t get his expected return and then went

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9/11 victims subpoena secret FBI records; next subpoenas to Saudi Arabia, State Dept.

Monday, April 16th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Armed with subpoena power granted by a federal judge, 9/11 victims suing Saudi Arabia have told the FBI to hand over long-hidden records, including an uncensored copy of a startling 2012 summary report about an investigation of an apparent co-conspirator of the suicide hijackers.
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Miami Officer Arrested for Running Ponzi Scheme on Other Cops

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

A Miami cop was arrested by the FBI this week at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport as he tried to board a flight to Costa Rica– skipping town to avoid prosecution for his Ponzi scheme loan company.
Miami Police Department Officer Dermis Hernandez, 41, ran a Ponzi scheme that targeted active and retired cops. But it was one of Hernandez’s colleagues who tipped off investigators that something wasn’t right about the officer’s investment practices.
Hernandez is the second Miami police officer arrested in 2018 so far. Officer Adrian Santos was arrested in January for doing cocaine at popular Miami nightclub E11even.
The Miami U.S. Attorney’s Office reports that Hernandez owned and operated a Costa Rican loan company that deceived clients into expecting returns of over 20 percent.
But federal prosecutors said his company was a scam. He used the proceeds from his company to enhance his personal lifestyle and payback early investors.
FBI Agent Sarah Halleran said,
“In truth, Hernandez and his co-conspirators used the investor funds for personal enrichment and to pay the returns of other investors.”
Hernandez lured clients to invest in his company; he claimed the investments carried little to no risk. Hernandez’s company purportedly provided high-interest loans to property owners in Costa Rica.  But Hernandez showed potential clients fake papers that depicted that his company had property rights in Costa Rica.
Clients would then invest in Hernandez’s company under the guise that they were going to be repaid.
One of Hernandez’s clients paid him $10,000 from a personal police retirement fund; the client expected a 20% return on the investment per year, but of course that investment return never came.
Another victim told FBI agents he was guaranteed a 24 percent return on his personal investment of $125,000, but only received $17,000 back in interest payments.
An officer that invested with Hernandez didn’t get his expected return and then went

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Robert Mueller involved in FBI release of deceptive statements about Sarasota 9/11 probe

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A recent government court filing is raising questions about then-FBI Director Robert Mueller’s involvement in the public release of deceptive official statements about a secret FBI investigation of Sarasota Saudis with apparent ties to the 9/11 hijackers.
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FBI asks two courts to block further disclosures about its 9/11 investigation of Sarasota Saudis

Monday, December 11th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Saying it has released every scrap of information it can about a Sarasota terrorism investigation it once hid from both Congress and the 9/11 Commission, the FBI went to court twice in the last two weeks to block any further disclosures.
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Ex-FBI agent says 9/11 Commission misled public about hijackers who attacked Pentagon

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
In a powerful sworn statement, the FBI agent who led a 400-member Los Angeles-based task force on the 9/11 attacks has accused the 9/11 Commission of making “incorrect” statements to the American public about his team’s investigative findings.
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Appeal: How much information about 9/11 must FBI share with public?

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A federal appeals court has been asked to overturn a Miami district court judge and order a Freedom of Information Act trial to determine whether the FBI made a proper search for records about its secretive 9/11 Review Commission.
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FBI probe of tie between Saudi ambassador, al Qaeda leader put on ice

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The FBI now appears never to have restarted a suspended 2002 investigation into why a captured al Qaeda leader possessed the unlisted phone number of an offshore company tied to Saudi Arabia’s U.S. ambassador, Prince Bandar bin Sultan.
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Saudi Arabia cites FBI’s Meese Commission in asking judge to toss 9/11 victims’ lawsuit

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Forced back into court by an act of Congress and faced with tens of billions of dollars in potential civil liability, oil-rich Saudi Arabia is asking a U.S. judge again to throw out a lawsuit brought against it by thousands of 9/11 victims.
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Watch: Idaho Police Arrest Man for Video Recording FBI Building

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGr2M8nzbHY?feature=oembed&w=620&h=349] Police in Pocatello, Idaho arrested a man for filming an FBI building from public property. It is becoming an all too common occurrence for officers to stop and detain citizens for recording police or law enforcement activity of any kind. But the aforementioned video recording is a First Amendment protected activity, so anyone has the right to do so.
In June Sean Johnson was doing a First Amendment audit on the Pocatello FBI building. The First Amendment gives everyone in America freedom of speech and freedom of press, which includes video recording. Johnson was on a public sidewalk across the street from the FBI building during his audit.
Johnson was recording the entrance gate of the FBI building. Included in Johnson’s footage are vehicles going in and out of the FBI gate.
Quickly into the video a city officer approaches Johnson and asked for his ID. Johnson refuses to give the officer any ID on the premise that he is filming on a public sidewalk. The officer isn’t buying it and says that Johnson is committing a public voyeurism crime. That is a crime that doesn’t exist in Idaho.
Idaho code does not have a public voyeurism law. There is a video voyeurism law listed under “Chapter 66: Sex Crimes.” But video voyeurism deals with sex crimes and videoing sexually exploited content etc. Nothing about the video voyeurism law addresses filming law enforcement or law enforcement buildings.
But, the officer was determined that Johnson was breaking a law, so after so many chances of trying to get his ID, the officer arrests Johnson for failing to provide ID and obstructing.
Idaho law enforcement officials even received a memo from the state that reads: “remember the public has the right to photograph the exterior of Federal Buildings from publicly accessible spaces, such as streets, sidewalks, parks or

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Miami judge rules out FOIA trial, says FBI document on 9/11 funding to remain secret

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Secret FBI information about who funded the 9/11 attacks will remain hidden indefinitely after a Miami federal judge reversed herself last week and decided that the FBI was not improperly withholding it from the public.
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FBI asks Miami judge to reconsider, keep secret ‘sensitive details’ about 9/11

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The FBI is pushing back against a federal judge’s findings that certain classified details about the funding of the 9/11 attacks and the 19 al Qaeda suicide hijackers should be made public.
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Trial looms as judge denies FBI request to keep 9/11 records secret for privacy reasons

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
In a ruling that could lead to the release of significant new information about 9/11, including details about who funded the al Qaeda terrorist attacks, a Miami federal judge has rejected FBI assertions that many records should be kept secret due to privacy considerations.
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Mysterious Saudi businessman in 9/11 puzzle surfaces – online

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A mysterious figure at the center of the puzzle about an apparent Sarasota-area support network for 9/11 hijackers is a rich Saudi Arabian businessman with ties to the kingdom’s ruling House of Saud and international and American political leaders.
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WATCH: FBI Agents Seize Cameras from PINAC Reporter Citing “Safety” Issues

Monday, April 24th, 2017

FBI agents in Texas ripped two cameras out of the hands of a PINAC reporter who was standing in front of a federal building legally recording from a public sidewalk Thursday, claiming they were in fear for their safety.
“I don’t want to be struck in the face,” said Keith A. Byers, an Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the El Paso FBI office at 660 South Mesa Hills Drive.
However, David Worden made no indication he would strike the agents in the face with his cameras.
In fact, Worden had been standing on the public sidewalk in front of the FBI building for more than 15 minutes, debating with a pair of other FBI agents about whether or not they had the right to tell him to stop recording, including one agent who made it clear he was not threatened by the cameras.
But Byers stormed up and swiped his camera anyway, a hulking man claiming to be terrified of cameras.
Keith Byers during a previous interview with mainstream media, apparently not fearing the cameras could be used as weapons.
Byers then had the two other agents grab Worden’s wrists to snatch his iPhone, which was live streaming, claiming that it could also be used as a weapon.
“When you don’t put the camera down and you tense up and I’m afraid you’re going to strike me or one of my agents, that’s why I physically took it away from you,” Byers said.
Worden said he was actually trying to call 911 for El Paso police to report the agent for ripping his other camera out of his hands.
“Am I being detained,” Worden demanded to know as they continued twisting his wrist.
“Yes, absolutely, because you’re being noncompliant and noncooperative,” one said, referring to the fact that he did not stop recording when they had “asked” him to do so.
Once

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FBI boss Comey and ‘inexplicable’ delays in matters of ‘highest national importance’

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The FBI’s renewed push to dismiss a Miami Freedom of Information lawsuit seeking records of the enigmatic 9/11 Review Commission and FBI activities “of the highest national importance” should be denied, court papers contend.
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Prodded by federal judge, FBI finally identifies Sarasota Saudis by name in court

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Six years after news broke that the FBI found ties between 9/11 hijackers and a Saudi family who’d moved abruptly out of their Sarasota home two weeks before the terrorist attacks – and didn’t tell Congress – the FBI has identified the family publicly.
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FBI censored documents to protect privacy of accused 9/11 mastermind, accomplice

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Even as the FBI recently has made public more 9/11 records to satisfy the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act in advance of a possible trial, it continues to withhold untold documents that promise to cast new light on that terrible day.
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U.S. judge cites ‘shameful’ FBI delays in making public 9/11 records

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A Miami federal judge Tuesday excoriated the FBI for what she called its “shameful” delays in making public certain records about the bureau’s 9/11 Review Commission.
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James Comey in middle of political fray over Donald Trump and Russians

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

FBI Director James Comey is again in a familiar spot these days – the middle of political tumult.
As a high-ranking Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration, he clashed with the White House over a secret surveillance program. Years later as head of the FBI, he incurred the ire of Hillary Clinton supporters for public statements on an investigation into her emails. Now, Comey is facing new political pressure as White House officials are encouraging him to follow their lead by publicly recounting private FBI conversations in an attempt to dispute reports about connections between the Trump administration and Russia.
It’s an unusual position for a crime-fighting organization with a vaunted reputation for independence and political neutrality. Yet Comey, the former top federal prosecutor in Manhattan who later became deputy attorney general of the United States, is known for an unshaking faith in his own moral compass.
“I’m not detecting a loss of confidence in him, a loss of confidence in him by him,” said retired FBI assistant director Ron Hosko, noting the broad recognition that “these are very tumultuous, polarized, angry, angry times.”
The latest flare-up occurred Friday, when White House officials told reporters that chief of staff Reince Priebus had asked top FBI officials to dispute media reports that Donald Trump‘s campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election. The officials said the FBI first raised concerns about New York Times reporting but told Priebus the bureau could not weigh in publicly on the matter. The officials said Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Comey instead gave Priebus the go-ahead to discredit the story publicly, something the FBI has not confirmed.
As the FBI declined to discuss the matter, pressure mounted on Comey to either counter or affirm the White House’s account. Even the Trump administration

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Stephanie Murphy unites 150+ Congress members calling for response on Jewish centers threats

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy called Wednesday for federal authorities to respond swiftly and strongly to threats made to Jewish centers throughout the nation and got more than 150 of her colleagues to sign on.
Murphy and U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley, a New York Democrat who chairs the House Democratic Conference, sent the letter to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director James Comey expressing “deep concern regarding the recent spate of anonymous bomb threats made via telephone against Jewish Community Centers” and urged them to swiftly assess the situation and advise Congress about what is going on.
She also called for prosecutions and efforts to deter threats and to assist centers to enhance security.
“This is not an idle concern, given that there have been at least three casualty-causing attacks at JCCs or other Jewish institutions in the last two decades,” she added, referring to the shootings in Kansas, Seattle and California. “This is a national problem and, as such, it requires a national solution.”
The letter makes no explicit reference to rising concerns about a new wave of anti-Semitism in America, nor does it make any criticism of President Donald Trump for not explicitly condemning anti-Semitism, as many of her colleagues have charged.
It notes there have been at least 68 incidents targeting 53 Jewish centers in 26 states, according to the JCC Association of North America.
That includes the Roth Family JCC of Greater Orlando, which is one of several centers to have received multiple threats.
Among the signatories are U.S. Reps. Val Demings, Darren Soto, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Alcee Hastings, Charlie Crist, Ted Deutch, Frederica Wilson, Lois Frankel, Mario Diaz-Balart, Gus Bilirakis, and Kathy Castor of the Florida delegation. The vast majority in a list of the first 116 signatories, provided with an accompanying press release, are Democrats, though

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‘Penttbomb 2.0’ and the FBI’s brush-off of reports alleging 9/11 ties to Saudi Arabia

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
FBI officials who briefed the 9/11 Review Commission on the bureau’s sprawling 9/11 investigation code-named PENTTBOMB steered the discussion away from Saudi Arabia by repeatedly disavowing or downplaying reports by agents alleging terrorist ties to the kingdom.
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As trial date draws near, FBI releases more about secretive 9/11 Review Commission

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
In moves aimed at heading off an unusual Freedom of Information Act trial in Miami next month, the FBI has released new information about the secretive work of its 9/11 Review Commission.
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Blake Dowling: The Russian (hackers) are coming

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

We hear about the Russian mob and Russian hackers all the time, especially in politics and technology.
The Russian mob is all over the dark web selling ransomware toolkits and fake credit cards. The Russians created ransomware, a threat that continues to wreak havoc all over the world in various forms.
We can’t all be comedian Bert Kreischer and be friends with the Russian mob. Nice work, Machine.
See the Showtime special about Bert in Russia if you dare. I knew Bert when he was a young Florida State frat boy (ATO) and was always up for a rowdy evening.
You can see the clip here; be warned, it contains adult language.
Moving on …
In recent years, talk has moved from the Russian mob and hackers to the Russian government.
We all know the stories about the Democratic National Committee emails and stories of our new POTUS (An acronym I hate, by the way. So annoying. I used it just to bother myself).
So, what is really going on? Is the Russian state backing hackers to cause chaos around the globe, interfering with our elections, communications and media? It would certainly appear so.
Let’s be real, their president does not mess around; their Olympic Athletes are more juiced up than an Orange Grove, and their attempts at hacking appear to be legit, but the Kremlin has always denied involvement.
Bulgaria, Germany, France, Britain and the U.S. – all targets of various types of cyber-attacks.
Last month, a joint report by the National Security Agency, CIA, and FBI concluded that the Russian intelligence services did, in fact, target U.S. organizations involved with our most recent presidential election.
Their goal? To create chaos, steer public opinion and disrupt our democratic processes.
This type of warfare has been going on for years, but in the past year, it has really taken a more public spin.

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No discipline for FBI agent accused of writing 9/11 report FBI now calls bogus

Monday, January 9th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The FBI agent who wrote a powerful investigative report about 9/11 that the bureau later publicly repudiated faced no apparent discipline even though the FBI subsequently deemed his report to be “poorly written” and “wholly unsubstantiated.”
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Miami federal judge denies FBI motion to postpone trial on secret 9-11 records

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A Miami federal judge Thursday denied the FBI’s request to delay for 90 days a trial to decide whether certain secret records about 9/11 should be made public.
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New FBI document shows active probe of support network for 9/11 hijackers in 2012

Monday, December 19th, 2016

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
As late as October 2012, federal prosecutors and FBI agents in New York City were actively exploring filing charges against a suspect for providing material support to the 9/11 hijackers and other crimes.
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