Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Bethany Christian Has A Few DeVos Issues Beyond Trafficking Tiny Humans

DeVos is behind the stealin' of the children, the land, and the votes.

What you will read is just one ratline of child welfare.

The States are just handed the chattel, with no chain of command because parental rights are just terminated under abandoment laws in child welfare, yet no politician will speak upon this because that is how their campaigns are funded.

They fund our campaigns; we fund their campaigns.

Deported parents may lose kids to adoption, AP investigation finds

An AP investigation identified holes in the system that allow judges to grant custody of migrant children to American families — without notifying their parents.

As the deportees were led off the plane onto the steamy San Salvador tarmac, an anguished Araceli Ramos Bonilla burst into tears, her face contorted with pain: "They want to steal my daughter!"

It had been 10 weeks since Ramos had last held her 2-year-old, Alexa. Ten weeks since she was arrested crossing the border into Texas and U.S. immigration authorities seized her daughter and told her she would never see the girl again.

What followed — one foster family's initially successful attempt to win full custody of Alexa — reveals what could happen to some of the infants, children and teens taken from their families at the border under a Trump administration policy earlier this year. The "zero-tolerance" crackdown ended in June, but hundreds of children remain in detention, shelters or foster care and U.S. officials say more than 200 are not eligible for reunification or release.

Federal officials insist they are reuniting families and will continue to do so. But an Associated Press investigation drawing on hundreds of court documents, immigration records and interviews in the U.S. and Central America identified holes in the system that allow state court judges to grant custody of migrant children to American families — without notifying their parents.

And today, with hundreds of those mothers and fathers deported thousands of miles away, the risk has grown exponentially.

States usually seal child custody cases, and the federal agencies overseeing the migrant children don't track how often state court judges allow these kids to be given up for adoption. But by providing a child's name and birthdate to the specific district, probate or circuit court involved, the AP found that it's sometimes possible to track these children.

Alexa's case began in November 2015 under the Obama administration, years before Trump's family-separation policy rolled out. Her 15-month separation from her mother exposes the fragile legal standing of children under the care of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement and a flawed, piecemeal system that can change the course of a child's life

It took 28 minutes for a judge in a rural courthouse near Lake Michigan to grant Alexa's foster parents, Sherri and Kory Barr, temporary guardianship. Alexa's mother and the little girl's immigration attorney were not even notified about the proceedings.

Based on their experiences with Alexa, the Barrs had become convinced that Alexa's mom was a bad mother and that the little girl would be abused if she were reunited with her.

"My wife and I are sick over this," Kory Barr told the judge, who wished him good luck as he granted the foster parents' request two days after Christmas.

The federal system that had custody of Alexa says the state courts never should have allowed foster parents to get that far, no matter how good their intentions. But each state court system, from New York to California, runs wardship and adoption proceedings differently — and sometimes there are even variations between counties.

In Missouri, an American couple managed to permanently adopt a baby whose Guatemalan mother had been picked up in an immigration raid. That seven-year legal battle terminating the mother's parental rights ended in 2014. In Nebraska, another Guatemalan mother prevailed and got her kids back, but it took five years and over $1 million in donated legal work.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement and Bethany Christian Services, the agency that placed Alexa in foster care, would not comment on her case. But Bethany said foster parents are informed they're not allowed to adopt migrant children.

Since the 1980s, however, Bethany acknowledged that nine of the 500 migrant children assigned to its foster program have been adopted by American families. The children, ages 3 to 18, were adopted after it was determined it wouldn't be safe or possible for them to go back to their families; at least one asked to be adopted by his foster parents, and another was a trafficking victim, Bethany said.
"We never want families to be separated," Bethany CEO Chris Palusky said. "That's what we're about, is bringing families together."

John Sandweg, who headed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement under the Obama administration, said he worries that many more migrant children recently taken from their families may never see them again.

"We have the kids in the U.S. and the parents down in Central America, and now they'll bring all these child welfare agencies into play," Sandweg said. "It's just a recipe for disaster."
In Ramos' darkest days, she would lay on her bed, stare at the ceiling and sob, her hand on her stomach.

"This girl, she was here, in my womb," she said. "We are meant to be together. Always."
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Alexa's mother was born in the middle of a bloody civil war in El Salvador that gave way to violent street crime. She was pregnant at 13; that daughter was raised by grandparents.
Starting at age 19, Ramos had four sons with another man over the course of a decade, followed by the arrival of Alexa in 2013. She and her daughter looked alike — both bright-eyed, with dark hair framing their smooth skin.

It was after the children's father found another woman that the abuse began, Ramos said.

"The worst time was when he kicked me so hard it left a bruise and it never went away," she later told an asylum officer. Without makeup, a dent in the center of her forehead is apparent.

Ramos went to a shelter, but said she became increasingly convinced that her former partner would track her down and kill her. She applied for a U.S. visa, she said, but got nowhere.

During a custody battle in their home city of San Miguel, Ramos said her children's father filed false police reports, including one alleging that she encouraged a 17-year-old girl to have sex with an adult. With the help of his own mother, who told authorities her son had made up the accusations, she successfully cleared her name and the cases were dropped.

Yet it was that information — later deemed "outdated and unsubstantiated" by the U.S. Justice Department — that was used in a Michigan court as support for the argument that Alexa should be permanently separated from her mother.

More than two weeks after their separation, ICE agents moved Ramos seven hours away to a rural Louisiana facility surrounded by high fences topped with coiled razor wire. While Alexa and her foster family decorated a Christmas tree, Ramos slept in a pod of bunkbeds.

Two months after her arrival there, Ramos used a translator to speak on the phone with an asylum officer who asked about her family, why she left El Salvador and what her children's father might do if she went back. Alexa was safe, Ramos told the officer, but "I think he will kill me."

The next day, Ramos got word that she had "demonstrated a credible fear of persecution or torture," according to the asylum supervisor at the Department of Homeland Security.

Her case was assigned to Oakdale Immigration Court in Louisiana, where the three judges had denied 95 percent of all asylum requests that year, compared to the national average of about 50 percent. She said she called the list of pro bono lawyers she was provided, to no avail.

Without a lawyer, her chance at asylum slipped away. Like everyone else around her, she was being deported.

The federal government offers all deported parents the chance to take their children with them, but Ramos said she was ordered to sign a waiver to leave Alexa behind. "The agent put his hand on mine, he held my hand, he forced me to sign," she said.

Immigration agents then handcuffed Ramos and put her on a plane south, soaring over the volcanos and jungles of Central America.

At the time, it was unusual for parents to be deported while their children remained behind in federal foster care, but that occurred again and again this summer. More than 300 parents were deported to Central America without their children this summer, many of whom allege they were coerced into signing paperwork they didn't understand, affecting their rights to reunify with their children. Some parents also contended that U.S. officials told them their children would be given up for adoption.
"And the reality is that for every parent who is not located, there will be a permanent orphaned child, and that is 100 percent the responsibility of the administration," U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw said in August while overseeing a lawsuit to stop family separations.

The AP asked the State Department, as well as embassy officials in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, whether they were working with deported parents to find their children in the U.S.

The State Department deferred to the Department of Homeland Security, which said in a statement: "DHS is not aware of anyone contacting embassy or consulate in a foreign country to be reunified with a child. This is unsurprising given the fact that these parents made a knowing decision to leave their child in a foreign country."
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By April 2016, Alexa was transferred to the care of Bethany Christian Services, one of the nation's largest adoption agencies. As thousands more Central American children crossed the border alone during President Barack Obama's second term, the nonprofit agency's work providing temporary and long-term foster care to unaccompanied children had begun to grow.

Over the years, the Michigan-based agency has received support from local donors that include Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her family members, who have contributed more than $3.1 million. One DeVos relative worked for Bethany, and another served on its board.

As the agency started receiving more Central American children, several former Bethany social workers said they were encouraged to recruit new foster families at the agency's traditional base, the Christian Reformed Church, and other local churches.

"All of a sudden when we had these younger kids to place, everyone was really excited about that," said Sarah Zuidema, a former Bethany supervisor who grew up within the denomination. "They just felt that if these kids could know Jesus, everything would be OK."

Among the families who stepped up to help were the Barrs — Kory, a physical therapist at a nearby rehabilitation hospital, and his wife, Sherri, who ran a home-organization business. The Barrs had three daughters who were raised in a devout home and already had fostered two Salvadoran sisters in 2013.

Bethany's outreach to local families was part of a rising Christian movement to mobilize support to address what Bethany has called the "global refugee crisis." The movement emphasizes that fostering is aligned with spiritual beliefs, and urges families to approach the role with open hearts.

When Bethany placed Alexa in the Barrs' home, the couple signed a form promising they would not try to seek custody because the Office of Refugee Resettlement was legally responsible for the child. But eight months later, fearing for the girl's safety, that is exactly what they did.

On June 5, 2016, Alexa celebrated her third birthday 3,000 miles away from her mother. The next month, a social worker sent Ramos Facebook photos showing Alexa wearing an American flag tank dress, drawing outside in the Michigan sunlight. In another shot, the girl appears at the Barrs' front door clad in a hot pink ensemble, next to a little red wagon and the family dog.

Around this time, Alexa began meeting with a play therapist and, based on their observations of the girl, the Barrs became deeply suspicious that she had been exposed to abuse before she reached their home. Ramos said they then began limiting her phone contact with her daughter.

The foster program notified the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, which opened an investigation but decided the complaint lacked sufficient evidence.

Ramos had cried when social workers approached her about the abuse allegations and insisted that Alexa had always been safe in her care. Because Alexa had spent nearly a third of her life away from her mother, she then grew distressed at the thought that her daughter might have been harmed during their separation.

In August, the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights, which has a federal contract to advocate for the best interests of immigrant children navigating the legal system, began investigating whether Alexa could safely be returned to her mother. An evaluator repeatedly visited Ramos and interviewed her family, neighbors and employer.

Meanwhile, Salvadoran diplomatic officials began making periodic visits to Grand Rapids to check on Alexa and advocate for her release.

"The foster family started putting up barrier after barrier to delay her departure," said Patricia Maza-Pittsford, El Salvador's consul general in Chicago.

Finally, the girl's immigration attorney, the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. immigration courts all reached agreement: It was past time for Alexa to be back with her mother.
Just days before Christmas 2016, a federal immigration judge ordered her deported. The Barrs were told to pack up Alexa's things and have her ready to go at a moment's notice.

Alexa had learned to speak English, bonded with her foster sisters and captured their hearts. The Barrs were certain she had been abused and remain so to this day. So they hired a lawyer and went to court.

"The Office of Refugee Resettlement is planning to put Alexa on a plane back to her abuser," the couple said in a handwritten application seeking guardianship. Alexa's mother, they wrote, "has not owned her crimes, not been rehabilitated."

During an emergency hearing, Kory Barr pounded on the judge's bench as he begged him to help them keep the girl in Michigan and insisted that child-welfare experts needed more time to investigate.

"Every day they are telling us this could happen very fast," he said. "We have her bags packed."
Judge Mark Feyen confessed he wasn't familiar with the federal agencies involved, saying, "This is kind of hard to pin down exactly who the interested parties are."

Responding to their concerns that Alexa's life could be in danger, Feyen granted the Barrs temporary custody after their attorney, Joshua Mikrut, asserted he had a "loose understanding" that a prior order had been issued suspending Ramos' parental rights, though he didn't know where. The judge asked him to return with proof, and also scheduled a full guardianship hearing for a few weeks later.
"Every time I get one of these, I learn a little more," the judge said.

Within days, a federal immigration judge granted an emergency motion to stay Alexa's departure.
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When state courts gain control of a child being detained by the federal government, that child can become invisible in the system. Alexa and her mother were held in federal custody. But states — not the federal government — typically run child-welfare systems.

Alexa's mom didn't know where to turn, and she didn't have the money to hire an attorney. But she did have Facebook.

In El Salvador, in the days surrounding the Michigan guardianship hearing, she posted a series of increasingly desperate videos — which went viral in Central America and in one case attracted 2.5 million views — speaking directly to the Barrs, to her daughter, to anyone who might help her get Alexa back.

"I'm the girl's mother. You aren't anything to her — you just met her because I traveled with her," she sobbed in one video, her voice breaking as she addressed the Barrs. "Look inside your hearts. . I had her in my belly for nine months. I'm the mother and I'm waiting for her."

In another video, she cried as she displayed dolls modeled on the Disney movie "Frozen" that she bought to give Alexa for Christmas.

Outraged and sympathetic comments poured in and word reached Salvadoran government officials in El Salvador and the Chicago consul's office. Pressure mounted.

A month after the Barrs were granted guardianship of Alexa, the Justice Department weighed in sharply.

"The Barrs obtained their temporary guardianship order in violation of federal law," U.S. prosecutors argued. The Barrs' attorney and the Michigan judge also violated federal law by seeking and granting guardianship, and failed to inform Ramos or Alexa's lawyers about the proceedings, they wrote.

More than a month after they had petitioned to keep Alexa, Sherri and Kory Barr despairingly gave up. The federal government, they wrote the judge, "seems to have us painted into a corner with no way out."

While Mikrut acknowledges the Barrs sometimes were blinded by their passion, he said the federal system should allow challenges to its decisions about the welfare of children in its care.

A few days later, the Barrs sent Alexa home with a huge bag of toys and clothes and a letter from "Papa Foster," as Kory Barr called himself.

"Mi querida Alexa," he began, or "my dear Alexa." He wrote about how she loved her first snow, how they pretended to hold wrestling matches, how he cried at the thought of life without the "baby" of their family.

"I hope this is not the last time we see you, but if it is, I want you to know that I will keep you in my heart forever," he wrote.
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Alexa was stunned when she landed in El Salvador in February 2017. Her mother sobbed and clung to her, but the girl barely recognized this woman who called herself Mama. When could she go home to "Mama Foster, Papa Foster" and her three blonde, blue-eyed sisters? And what was this woman saying?

Alexa had lost all her Spanish and spoke English to her mother, using words like "water" and "chicken." Ramos, who spoke almost no English herself, had to point to pictures or call friends to translate.

The Ramos' small brick home, shared with two of Alexa's brothers, is on a quiet dirt street a few blocks from the main drag, a colorful and chaotic mix of shops and services.

Alexa pined for her house in suburban Grand Rapids, its green lawn, her pink room. She rarely giggled and didn't want to play or eat.

Children traumatically separated from their parents are more likely to suffer from emotional problems throughout their lives, according to decades of scientific research. And some more recent studies have found that separation can damage a child's memory.

Ramos showed Alexa baby pictures to help her relearn their relationship.

"I am your mother. I love you so very much," she told her in Spanish, over and over.

Slowly, over time, Alexa began to smile and understand her native tongue. She bonded again with her mother and brothers. Bright and energetic, she now often winds her small arms around her mother's waist and neck. When she wants attention, she whispers in her mother's ear.

Ramos still struggles with the pain of the separation, and to support her family on the few dollars a day she earns at a pizzeria. She often posts Facebook photos and videos of herself with her daughter, a visual assertion of their bond.

She fears for parents who were separated from their children under the zero-tolerance policy and has taken to Facebook to urge them to fight to get their kids back.

"If they give our children up for adoption without our permission, that isn't justice," she said during a recent interview in a park. "They are our children, not theirs."

For months after she came home, Alexa asked if she could talk to the Barrs but Ramos wasn't ready. She had a change of heart when she learned Sherri Barr was ill and now lets them talk every so often.
"I do not feel resentment for them because they also love her and because the family is going through a bad time," Ramos said. "We all deserve an opportunity."

The Barrs worry about Alexa's safety in El Salvador, but say they also worry about Ramos' well-being. They now consider their relationship with mother and daughter part of God's plan.

"No one wins in this one," Sherri Barr said.

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DOJ: FinCen & INTERPOL Are Being Purged Of Leakers Covering Up The Stealin' Of Children, Land & Votes

If the U.S. Department of Justice is proceeding with criminal referrals from conjugal collaborations of the U.S. Treasury OIG, who has tied up any loose ends, and the FBI, that means we have ourselves another one of those transposable models!

That is correct, law enforcement, which includes our Inspector Generals, are coming together to finally, go after stealin'.

In this particular situation, we have someone, with an oddly long name, who was taking pics of suspicious banking transactions (really it is money laundering but you cannot call it money laundering until there is a charge) and probably thought she was slick sending it out to reporters in a flash drive her handler gave to her.

I bet she did it as one of those patriot thangs.

But, then, I stepped back and took another look at this to see that, perhaps, this "Leaker With The Long Name", may have been set up as the fall gal, to distract the public attention away from the fact that she more than likely has a handler and there was more exfiltration, or leaking, whatever your preference of espionage, like making SARs 'disappear' the way the "other" Michael Cohen over there at Och-Ziff was caught all up in.

I wonder what encrypted app was used to intercept her pics and communications to the reporter?

Secret Finding: 60 Russian Payments "To Finance Election Campaign Of 2016"

Which one is Reporter 1?

I am going with Jason Leopold, but you can leave your comments, below.


BuzzFeed News Reporter

Anthony Cormier

BuzzFeed News Reporter
BuzzFeed News Reporter

Here Is The Money Trail From The Russian "Agent" And Her Republican Partner

GOP Operative Made "Suspicious" Cash Withdrawals During Pursuit Of Clinton Emails

Here's Why The FBI And Mueller Are Investigating "Suspicious" Transactions By Russian Diplomats


We have us a pool of suspects.

FUN FACT! You can encrypt a data in a pic?

I wonder if her handler was playing Call of Duty or PubG when it went down, which is a great way of sending encrypted data, you know.

The charges seemed a bit lenient considering we are in the midst of a major house cleaning investigation with INTERPOL, which is why I believe she is going to absolve herself by singing.

Singing is good for the soul when you realize you participated in the stealin' of children, land and votes.

Much love to the Public Corruption Units across the country!

Hey, has anyone checked on Michael Cernovich, lately?

Senior FinCen Employee Arrested And Charged With Unlawfully Disclosing SARs

Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards Illegally Photographed SARs and Other Sensitive Government Information and Transmitted Them To Reporter In Connection With Approximately 12 News Articles Over 1-Year Period

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and Eric M. Thorson, Inspector General for the Department of Treasury, announced today the filing of a criminal complaint charging NATALIE MAYFLOWER SOURS EDWARDS, a/k/a “Natalie Sours,” a/k/a “Natalie May Edwards,” a/k/a “May Edwards,” who is a Senior Advisor at the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”), with unlawfully disclosing Suspicious Activity Reports (“SARs”) and conspiracy to do the same.  EDWARDS was arrested yesterday and will be presented this afternoon in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a senior-level FinCEN employee, allegedly betrayed her position of trust by repeatedly disclosing highly sensitive information contained in Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) to an individual not authorized to receive them.  SARs, which are filed confidentially by banks and other financial institutions to alert law enforcement to potentially illegal transactions, are not public documents, and it is an independent federal crime to disclose them outside of one’s official duties.  We hope today’s charges remind those in positions of trust within government agencies that the unlawful sharing of sensitive documents will not be tolerated and will be met with swift justice by this Office.”
FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said:  “In her position, Edwards was entrusted with sensitive government information.  As we allege here today, Edwards violated that trust when she made several unauthorized disclosures to the media.  Today's action demonstrates that those who fail to protect the integrity of government information will be rightfully held accountable for their behavior.”
Treasury Department Inspector General Eric Thorson said:  “Our criminal investigators have been at the center of this investigation as a core part of our responsibility to detect and prevent threats to the integrity and efficiency of Treasury programs and operations.  We are committed to working with our law enforcement partners and with FinCEN and other Treasury officials, and appreciate their cooperation and support.”
Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker said:  “Protecting sensitive information is one of our most critical responsibilities, and it is a role that we take very seriously.  We have fully and proactively supported Treasury’s Office of Inspector General’s investigation of leaks of protected information, and thank them for their hard work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to hold accountable those responsible.”
According to the Complaint[1] filed today in Manhattan federal court:
The mission of FinCEN is to “safeguard the financial system from illicit use and combat money laundering and promote national security through the collection, analysis, and dissemination of financial intelligence and strategic use of financial authorities.”[2]  Among other things, FinCEN manages the collection and maintenance of SARs regarding potentially suspicious financial transactions, which, under the Bank Secrecy Act, U.S. financial institutions and other parties are required by law to generate and deliver to FinCEN.  Under the BSA and its implementing regulations, willful disclosure of a SAR or its contents by government employees or agents except as necessary to fulfill official duties is a felony.
Beginning in approximately October 2017, and lasting until the present, EDWARDS unlawfully disclosed numerous SARs to a reporter (“Reporter-1”), the substance of which were published over the course of approximately 12 articles by a news organization for which Reporter-1 wrote (“News Organization-1”).  The illegally disclosed SARs pertained to, among other things, Paul Manafort, Richard Gates, the Russian Embassy, Mariia Butina, and Prevezon Alexander.  EDWARDS had access to each of the pertinent SARs and saved them – along with thousands of other files containing sensitive government information – to a flash drive provided to her by FinCEN.  She transmitted the SARs to Reporter-1 by means that included taking photographs of them and texting the photographs to Reporter-1 over an encrypted application.  In addition to disseminating SARs to Reporter-1, EDWARDS sent Reporter-1 internal FinCEN emails appearing to relate to SARs or other information protected by the BSA, and FinCEN non-public memoranda, including Investigative Memos and Intelligence Assessments published by the FinCEN Intelligence Division, which contained confidential personal, business, and/or security threat assessments. 
At the time of EDWARDS’s arrest, she was in possession of a flash drive appearing to be the flash drive on which she saved the unlawfully disclosed SARs, and a cellphone containing numerous communications over an encrypted application in which she transmitted SARs and other sensitive government information to Reporter-1.
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EDWARDS, 40, of Quinton, Virginia, is charged with one count of unauthorized disclosures of suspicious activity reports and one count of conspiracy to make unauthorized disclosures of suspicious activity reports, both of which carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison.  The statutory maximum penalties are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencings of the defendants would be determined by the judge.
Mr. Berman praised the investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Treasury Department, and the Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General.  He also thanked the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia for its assistance with the investigation.
This case is being handled by the Office’s Public Corruption Unit.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kimberly J. Ravener and Daniel C. Richenthal are in charge of the prosecution.


[1] The charges contained in the Complaint are merely accusations, and EDWARDS is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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Cocktails & Popcorn: The Detroit Public Corruption Probe 2.0 Show Is Starting

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"What up, doe."
Sssshhh...the show is starting.....

Star witness in Leland bribery case 'a thief,' city says

Take a tour of the $1 million dollar property near the Detroit River that is at the center of a lawsuit involving the star witness in the bribery case against Councilman Gabe Leland. Robert Snell, The Detroit News

Detroit — The star witness against Detroit City Councilman Gabe Leland is a thief who stole a million-dollar property from the city, according to city lawyers who leveled damning allegations that could damage the businessman's credibility in a high-profile corruption case. 
The allegation against businessman Robert Carmack emerged Monday asLeland was released on a personal recognizance bond, the latest development in a bribery scandal that could send him to federal prison for more than 10 years.

The city sued Carmack in June, accusing him of stealing 10 acres of industrial property near the Detroit River in southwest Detroit and flipping the land for a $750,000 profit.

Carmack is the central figure in the bribery case against Leland and says he wore a secret recording device during conversations with the Detroit city councilman — portions of which are included in the indictment. Leland is accused of agreeing to accept $15,000 and free car repairs from Carmack. 

"As we learned in law school — res ipsa loquitor — the (thief allegation) speaks for itself," Leland's lawyer Steve Fishman told The News on Monday.

The civil lawsuit involves Carmack, his company B&C Land Development Corp. and a Great Recession-era land deal involving property that has quadrupled in value.
In June 2007, City Council approved selling the vacant land to B&C for $250,000, according to the lawsuit.

The city sent a deed and related documents to Carmack prior to the deal closing. But the closing never happened and the sale was abandoned, city lawyers allege.

Five years later, in September 2012, Carmack recorded a fraudulent affidavit alleging B&C bought the property, according to the lawsuit.

In 2016, Carmack fraudulently filed a property transfer affidavit with the Detroit assessor's office making B&C the property's taxpayer ahead of a sale to another firm, Moby Dick Ventures LLC, the city's complaint alleges.

On March 2, 2016, Carmack sold the property for $1 million, according to the city. A recent property listing showed the land for sale for $2.75 million.

"The (city's) title to the property is unequivocally superior to Moby Dick's interest insomuch as Moby Dick took alleged title from a thief," city attorney Michael Muller wrote in the lawsuit.

Carmack has done nothing wrong, one of the businessman's civil lawyers said.

"Mayor Mike Duggan is acting as if he is the God Father of the Mafia, but his scare tactics will not silence Robert Carmack," attorney Andrew Paterson wrote in an email to The News. "Mr. Carmack is a reputable businessman who has not engaged in any unlawful conduct. The city of Detroit's frivolous lawsuit is nothing more than Mayor Duggan retaliating against Mr. Carmack for exposing corruption at Detroit City Hall. Mr. Carmack will not be silenced and is looking forward to exposing Mayor Duggan for the fraud he is and Mr. Carmack is definitely looking forward to providing truthful testimony regarding Councilman Gabe Leland's corrupt conduct.

"Mr. Carmack is credible, honest and has absolutely nothing to hide, which is why a federal grand jury indicted Councilman Leland based upon the credible evidence Mr. Carmack provided to the federal authorities," Paterson added.

A Duggan spokesman declined to comment.

The city wants the judge to rule that the city has valid title to the property along with possession of the land.

Carmack has denied the allegations and asked Wayne County Circuit Judge Leslie Smith to dismiss the Moby Dick lawsuit.

Carmack also has a criminal defense lawyer who is handling matters related to the Leland case but the attorney's identity was unclear Monday.

Meanwhile, U.S. Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Stafford on Monday ordered Leland to surrender his passport and restricted the councilman's travel to Metro Detroit. He stood mute to bribery and bribery conspiracy charges and Stafford entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf.

Inside court, one of the city's most powerful politicians was just another defendant. Leland sat in the front row next to a pony-tailed lawyer, eyes on the purple carpet, and waited in line behind six others facing charges — including drug, tax and gun crimes and three facing immigration offenses —before the magistrate judge heard his case.

Leland said little beyond "yes, ma'am" when Stafford asked routine questions.
Outside court, the councilman professed his innocence.

"I'm innocent and I'm looking forward to trial," Leland told reporters outsidecourt.


The three-count indictment capped a tumultuous year for Leland, 35, who has lived under a cloud of suspicion since The Detroit News obtained sealed FBI wiretap affidavits that revealed he was the target of a federal bribery probe.

Recorded conversations played a prominent role in the indictment, which portrayed the Detroit Democrat as a greedy, expletive-spewing schemer who used his political power to stall votes on a businessman's real-estate matter last year while demanding bribes.

“I held it up again,” Leland told the businessman, who The News has identified as Carmack. “It stayed … right in committee brother.”

On May 16, 2017, Leland offered to help the businessman in exchange for $15,000 and free car repairs, the government claims.

“I should ask for thirty,” Leland said, according to the indictment, “but I’m nice to you.”
Fishman downplayed the recorded conversations.

"I’ll tell ya, it doesn’t sound like what they think it sounds like," Leland's lawyer told reporters. “Anybody that’s opining about the case doesn’t know s--- from Shinola about the facts."


Steve Fishman, lawyer for Detroit Councilman Gabe Leland, talks Monday about secret recordings made during the FBI investigation that led to bribery charges against Leland. Robert Snell, The Detroit News
Leland was charged with bribery conspiracy and two counts of bribery one day after his campaign staffer Elisa Grubbs was charged and accused of delivering the bribe from Carmack.
Leland is the highest-ranking Detroit politician charged with a federal crime since former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was indicted eight years ago and sentenced to 28 years in federal prison.

The indictment marks the next phase of a public corruption crackdown that emerged two years ago in Macomb County before spreading to Detroit. More than 20 people have been charged and prosecutors have secured at least 14 convictions of politicians, a deputy Detroit Police chief and businessmen, including trash mogul Chuck Rizzo and Detroit towing titan Gasper Fiore.
Detroit City Councilman Gabe Leland addresses the media Monday after making an initial appearance at federal court in the bribery conspiracy case. Robert Snell, The Detroit News
If convicted, Leland faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each bribery count and five years for bribery conspiracy.

The conspiracy described by prosecutors dates to spring 2017.

That's when Leland and Carmack discussed land the businessman believed he owned that was going to be sold by the city.

Leland offered to vote and help Carmack delay or prevent the sale in exchange for $15,000 and free car repairs, prosecutors alleged.

Carmack agreed to provide free car repairs, prosecutors said.

The next month, Leland twice cast the sole vote against selling the property.

Two months later, in August 2017, Leland enlisted Grubbs to serve as his bribery bagwoman, prosecutors said.

On Aug. 4, Leland told the businessman he should give the money to Grubbs, and later that day, Grubbs received $7,500 and delivered the money to Leland, according to the government.
Four days later, Leland won the Aug. 8 primary.

Days later, Leland met the businessman at Caucus Club Detroit restaurant. Leland acknowledged receiving $7,500 but said Carmack never paid the balance of the $15,000 bribe, according to the indictment.

Carmack expressed concern about dealing with Leland's campaign staffer.

"You can f-----' trust me," Leland said, according to the indictment. "That's all that matters."
The $7,500 bribe alleged by prosecutors represents less than 10 percent of the $80,730 Leland is paid annually as a city councilman.

Leland, the only white City Council member in a majority black city, was re-elected in November to his second, four-year term on Detroit’s City Council. He took office in January 2014 after serving six years in the state House.

The indictment's allegations closely track details contained in a lawsuit Carmack filed against Leland in April.

Carmack feared he was being extorted by Leland last year, so he approached the FBI, according to the lawsuit.

“The FBI asked (Carmack to) wear a recording device and to pay defendant Leland as defendant Leland demanded,” Carmack’s lawyer wrote in the lawsuit.

A grand jury also is investigating whether Leland extorted cash, booze and food from Kenneth Scott Bridgewater, an owner of the since-shuttered Centre Park Bar in downtown Detroit’s Harmonie Park.
Bridgewater sued Leland in federal court earlier this year, claiming the councilman demanded more than $5,000 in free club access, drinks and food in exchange for help in a dispute with city officials.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

What Do Bill & Hillary Clinton, Julian Epstein & Monica Lewsinsky Have In Common?

Q: What do Bill & Hillary Clinton, Julian Epstein & Monica Lewinsky Have In Common?

A: Detroit.


What the history books have failed to record is that Monica Lewinsky was not even afforded legal representation nor the opportunity to testify.

Just ask Julian Epstein.

Can you say Whitewater?

I can.


On a mission...

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Cocktails & Popcorn: Cherokee Nation & Trump Excoriate Elizabeth Warren On Mocking Tribal Membership

I am just going to leave this right here.






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Michigan Auditor General Begins Its Dark Decent Into The Christian World Of Trafficking Tiny Humans

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This investigation in not limited to the nasty things priests were doing to tiny humans, this is about the culture, the patterns, the rituals of fraud.

This investigation is about the child welfare contracts.

The Michigan Auditor General is about to present the next report on the Child Placing Agencies, which I guarantee, is going to be uglier than the Child Protective Services audit.

The Auditor General is parsimoniously honing down to the extent of Medicaid fraud in child welfare, along with many other nasty things that go along side with the trafficking of tiny humans.

This investigation is not limited to Michigan, it is international, but I will tell you one thing, it all started here in Michigan and it always starts with child welfare because no one cares.

Accused priest works as contract psychologist for state

A Catholic priest who was stripped of his priestly faculties in early October also works for the state as a contract psychologist.

Dr. Robert Gerl works with the state’s disability determination service out of a Kalamazoo office, said Bob Wheaton, a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The department's understanding is that the psychologist working for the department is the same Gerl whose priestly faculties were revoked by the Diocese of Lansing for credible allegations of sexual assault of an adult male alleged to have occurred decades ago, Wheaton said. The department was looking into the claims, which it learned of through media reports, he said.

Gerl does not work directly with patients in his role with the state, Wheaton said.

Randall Levine, Gerl’s lawyer, urged people not to rush to judgment regarding his client. In a statement, Levine said he was sure Gerl would be vindicated of the allegation of “inappropriate conduct that is supposed to have occurred more than 35 years ago.”

“This is the only person who has ever complained about Mr. Gerl,” Levine said. “He has enjoyed a lifetime of honorable service to the church as a priest, the schools as a counselor and in the community as a respected therapist.”

Gerl declined comment when contacted last week by The Detroit News.

Gerl has no direct contact with state clients, Wheaton said, noting that his contract involves reviewing paper documents to discern whether a person is eligible to receive disability or Social Security benefits. He’s been employed by the state since July 2016.

Gerl has had his full license to practice psychology since 2011, though he worked with a limited license prior to that while completing school, according to state records. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has said it is reviewing the allegations "reported in recent news stories involving this individual."

The Diocese of Lansing removed Gerl’s permission to publicly minister in the diocese on Oct. 5, a couple days after the diocese surrendered its files to Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office as part of an ongoing investigation into clergy sex abuse and potential cover-ups dating back to the 1950s in Michigan’s seven dioceses.

Andrea Bitely, a spokeswoman for Schuette's office, said she could not comment on any details of Schuette's investigation into the dioceses.

The investigation was launched after a grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania revealed hundreds of abuser priests who molested more than 1,000 children since the 1940s. Schuette’s office has asked any victims or people with information about alleged incidents to contact investigators at Michigan.gov/CI or at (844) 324-3374.

Gerl is a senior priest who has not been assigned to a parish in a number of years, Diocese of Lansing spokesman Michael Diebold said last week. He was unable to provide details of Gerl’s work for the diocese because his was one of the files Schuette’s office took on Oct. 3.

Online church bulletins indicate Gerl filled in at churches in the Lansing area as recently as June. 
Following Lansing’s announcement, the Diocese of Kalamazoo issued its own statement saying that Gerl had also served in Kalamazoo. He worked at Nazareth College from 1986 to 1991, at St. Thomas More Parish in Kalamazoo from 1997 to 2000, and at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Portage from 2000 to 2009.

State records indicate Gerl was placed on temporary probation in 2006 because he allegedly was referring to himself as a doctor before being granted a doctoral degree in psychology. The incident was alleged to have occurred while he worked as a school psychologist at the intermediate school district in Allegan County. In 2010, he was again cited for failing to meet regularly with a supervisor during his post-doctoral work.

Gerl worked as a school psychologist for Allegan Area Educational Service Agency from 2000 to 2011, according to Tom Scheidel, a spokesman for the agency. He worked at the Hillside Learning and Behavior Center, "a school for special needs students that serves pre-school through age 26."
"As with all AAESA employees, Mr. Gerl passed a background check prior to his employment. He left AAESA in 2011 of his own accord to pursue a different job opportunity," Scheidel said in a statement.

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Microsoft Paul Allen Is Dead But Still In Detroit With Dan Gilbert & Rashida Tlaib

Call me morbid, but Microsoft is in Detroit.

Follow the money.

Follow Rashida Tlaib.

Follow Dan Gilbert.

Microsoft moves into new downtown Detroit office, donates $2 million to Southwest Solutions


Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dead at 65

Paul G. Allen
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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died today from complications with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 65. Allen said earlier this month that he was being treated for the disease.
Allen was a childhood friend of Bill Gates, and together, the two started Microsoft in 1975. He left the company in 1983 while being treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma and remained a board member with the company through 2000. He was first treated for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2009, before seeing it go into remission.
In a statement given to ABC News, Gates said he was “heartbroken by the passing of one of my oldest and dearest friends.” He went on to commend his fellow co-founder for his life after Microsoft:
From our early days together at Lakeside School, through our partnership in the creation of Microsoft, to some of our joint philanthropic projects over the years, Paul was a true partner and dear friend. Personal computing would not have existed without him.
But Paul wasn’t content with starting one company. He channelled his intellect and compassion into a second act focused on improving people’s lives and strengthening communities in Seattle and around the world. He was fond of saying, “If it has the potential to do good, then we should do it.” That’s the king of person he was.
Paul loved life and those around him, and we all cherished him in return. He deserved much more time, but his contributions to the world of technology and philanthropy will live on for generations to come. I will miss him tremendously.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Allen’s contributions to both Microsoft and the industry were “indispensable.” His full statement is quoted below:
Paul Allen’s contributions to our company, our industry, and to our community are indispensable. As co-founder of Microsoft, in his own quiet and persistent way, he created magical products, experiences and institutions, and in doing so, he changed the world. I have learned so much from him — his inquisitiveness, curiosity, and push for high standards is something that will continue to inspire me and all of us as Microsoft. Our hearts are with Paul’s family and loved ones. Rest in peace.
In a memoir published in 2011, Allen says that he was responsible for naming Microsoft and creating the two-button mouse. The book also portrayed Allen as going under-credited for his work at Microsoft, and Gates as having taken more ownership of the company than he deserved. It created some drama when it arrived, but the two men ultimately appeared to remain friends, posing for a photo together two years later.

After leaving Microsoft, Allen became an investor through his company Vulcan, buying into a diverse set of companies and markets. Vulcan’s current portfolio ranges from the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, to a group focused on using machine learning for climate preservation, to Stratolaunch, which is creating a spaceplane. Allen’s investments and donations made him a major name in Seattle, where much of his work was focused. He recently funded a $46 million building in South Seattle that will house homeless and low-income families.

Both Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Sundar Pichai called Allen a tech “pioneer” while highlighting his philanthropic work in statements on Twitter. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said Allen’s work “inspired so many.”

Allen has long been the owner of the Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks as well. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Allen “worked tirelessly” to “identify new ways to make the game safer and protect our players from unnecessary risk.” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Allen “helped lay the foundation for the league’s growth internationally and our embrace of new technologies.”

He also launched a number of philanthropic efforts, which were later combined under the name Paul G. Allen Philanthropies. His “philanthropic contributions exceed $2 billion,” according to Allen’s own website, and he had committed to giving away the majority of his fortune.
Allen’s sister, Jody Allen, wrote a statement on his family’s behalf:
My brother was a remarkable individual on every level. While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend. 
Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern. For all the demands on his schedule, there was always time for family and friends. At this time of loss and grief for us – and so many others – we are profoundly grateful for the care and concern he demonstrated every day.
Some of Allen’s philanthropy has taken a scientific bent: Allen founded the Allen Institute for Brain Science in 2003, pouring $500 million into the non-profit that aims to give scientists the tools and data they need to probe how brain works. One recent project, the Allen Brain Observatory, provides an open-access “catalogue of activity in the mouse’s brain,” Saskia de Vries, senior scientist on the project, said in a video. That kind of data is key to piecing together how the brain processes information.

In an interview with Matthew Herper at Forbes, Allen called the brain “hideously complex” — much more so than a computer. “As an ex-programmer I’m still just curious about how the brain functions, how that flow of information really happens,” he said. After founding the brain science institute, Allen also founded the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence and the Allen Institute for Cell Science in 2014, as well as the Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group in 2016, which funds cutting-edge research.

Even back in 2012, when Allen spoke with Herper at Forbes, he talked about plans for his financial legacy after his death — and he said that a large part of it would be “allocated to this kind of work for the future.”

The Verge, 
The Allen Institute’s President and CEO Allan Jones said:
Paul’s vision and insight have been an inspiration to me and to many others both here at the Institute that bears his name, and in the myriad of other areas that made up the fantastic universe of his interests. He will be sorely missed. We honor his legacy today, and every day into the long future of the Allen Institute, by carrying out our mission of tackling the hard problems in bioscience and making a significant difference in our respective fields.
According to Quincy Jones, Allen was also an excellent guitar player.

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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS: When Congress Taxed Churches: Religion & Politics in the District of Columbia After the Civil War

It is always good to know how the funding systems for the chattel law, or rather the trafficking of tiny humans in the name of the tax exempt god all started.

Obviation is why we preserve the annals of history.

SPEAKER: Sally Barringer Gordon
EVENT DATE: 2018/07/10
RUNNING TIME: 57 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
DESCRIPTION:
Sarah Barringer Gordon presented the annual Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History Maguire Lecture titled "When Congress Taxed Churches: Religion and Politics in the District of Columbia After the Civil War." In 1874, Congress imposed taxes on all religious property in the District of Columbia. Other jurisdictions also debated taxing churches and some did, including Missouri and California. This lecture explores why imposing taxes on all religious property in the District of Columbia seemed like a good idea to many religious and political thinkers in the 1870s, and how the backlash against them created the extraordinarily deferential system that has only increased exemptions over the past 145 years. Gordon's talk was a culmination of four months of research in Library's collections for her upcoming book tentatively titled "Freedom's Holy Light: Disestablishment in America, 1776-1876."
Speaker Biography: Sarah "Sally" Barringer Gordon held the Maguire Chair at the Library's John W. Kluge Center in 2017 and is Arlin M. Adams professor of Congressional law and professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania. She is well known for her work on religion in American public life and the law of church and state, especially the ways that religious liberty developed over the course of American national history.

Elizabeth Warren Is Native American Under The One-Drop Rule Of Law

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That is correct.

According to Elizabeth Warren, she is Native American and has a DNA test with lots of Main Stream Media to back up her claims.

Trump said he would tear off a million dollars of his own money if she was Native American.

Well, guess what?

She lost.

In order to recognized in the United States as an official Tribal Card Member, you have to either be of a documented lineage from the Dawls Rolls or the some, not all, of the other rolls.

As the story goes over a few hundred years, of course Elizabeth could never tell you, many of the West African slaves when they first arrived, ran away and went down south to Florida.

Since the cultures were basically the same, they ended up procreating.

The armies came in to reclaim chattel resulting in many deaths and lots of children being sold for the purposes of christian assimilation and other nasty things.

Many left the area through force migration called the Trail of Tears but before they left, they were called out the mountains to register on the rolls.

Many did not and ran over the hills up north for fear of losing their children and being sold into Traite des Blanches due to the new chattel law.

The Virginia Racial Integrity Act, some of the anti-amalgamation laws being generated post-Emancipation Proclamation, began to change the chattel registration terms of mullato, quadroon, octroon, into blood quantum, where most of the tribes cut off at one-sixteenth, meaning a great-grandparent has to have been on the registration rolls and many Native Americans were registered into one of these chattel categories as "Negro", being of amalgamated decent.

An Act to Preserve Racial Integrity 
1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia, That the State Registrar of Vital Statistics may as soon as practicable after the taking effect of this act, prepare a form whereon the racial composition of any individual, as Caucasian, negro, Mongolian, American Indian, Asiatic Indian, Malay, or any mixture thereof, or any other non-Caucasic strains, and if there be any mixture, then the racial composition of the parents and other ancestors, in so far as ascertainable, so as to show in what generation such mixture occurred, may be certified by such individual, which form shall be known as a registration certificate. The State Registrar may supply to each local registrar a sufficient number of such forms for the purpose of this act; each local registrar may personally or by deputy, as soon as possible after receiving said forms, have made thereon in duplicate a certificate of the racial composition as aforesaid, of each person resident in his district, who so desires, born before June fourteenth, nineteen hundred and twelve, which certificate shall be made over the signature of said person, or in the case of children under fourteen years of age, over the signature of a parent, guardian, or other person standing in loco parentis. One of said certificates for each person thus registering in every district shall be forwarded to the State Registrar for his files; the other shall be kept on file by the local registrar.
Every local registrar may, as soon as practicable, have such registration certificate made by or for each person in his district who so desires, born before June fourteen, nineteen hundred and twelve, for whom he has not on file a registration certificate, or a birth certificate. 

2. It shall be a felony for any person wilfully or knowingly to make a registration certificate false as to color or race. The wilful making of a false registration or birth certificate shall be punished by confinement in the penitentiary for one year.

3. For each registration certificate properly made and returned to the State Registrar, the local registrar returning the same shall be entitled to a fee of twenty-five cents, to be paid by the registrant. Application for registration and for transcript may be made direct to the State Registrar, who may retain the fee for expenses of his office.

4. No marriage license shall be granted until the clerk or deputy clerk has reasonable assurance that the statements as to color of both man and woman are correct. 
If there is reasonable cause to disbelieve that applicants are of pure white race, when that fact is stated, the clerk or deputy clerk shall withhold the granting of the license until satisfactory proof is produced that both applicants are "white persons" as provided for in this act. 
The clerk or deputy clerk shall use the same care to assure himself that both applicants are colored, when that fact is claimed. 

5. It shall hereafter be unlawful for any white person in this State to marry any save a white person, or a person with no other admixture of blood than white and American Indian. For the purpose of this act, the term "white person" shall apply only to the person who has no trace whatsoever of any blood other than Caucasian; but persons who have one-sixteenth or less of the blood of the American Indian and have no other non-Caucasic blood shall be deemed to be white persons. All laws heretofore passed and now in effect regarding the intermarriage of white and colored persons shall apply to marriages prohibited by this act. 

6. For carrying out the purposes of this act and to provide the necessary clerical assistance, postage and other expenses of the State Registrar of Vital Statistics, twenty per cent of the fees received by local registrars under this act shall be paid to the State Bureau of Vital Statistics, which may be expended by the said bureau for the purposes of this act. 

7. All acts or parts of acts inconsistent with this act are, to the extent of such inconsistency, hereby repealed. 


Appendix (excerpt) 
Alexander Francis Chamberlain, A.M., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Clark University...says: "In some regions considerable intermixture between negroes and Indians (Science, New York, Vol. XVII, 1891 pp. 85-90), has occurred, e.g., among the Pamunkeys, Mattoponies, and some other small Virginia and Carolinian tribes." "It is also thought probable that many of the negroes of the whole lower Atlantic coast and Gulf region may have strains of Indian blood." This probably accounts for the increasing number of negroes who are now writing to our Bureau demanding that the color on their birth certificates and marriage licenses be given as "Indian." 
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"Damn that science & technology!"

Assuming that Elizabeth was aware of all these arcane laws, perhaps, this was her way of calling for the enforcement of the One-Drop Rule, but in this day in age, applied to genotypes and DNA testing.

In essence, if you have one drop of "non-white blood", or, in this instance, one tiny chromosome marker that shows you in the 1/1000th range, you are automatically, by default of that one, contaminated drop of blood, forever associated with that group, or race, or whatever pseudo-scientific labeling system they use for data registration for predictive modeling crap.

Yes, by this same logic, racial purity classification applies to anyone who has one-drop of the Negro blood which is why it is impossible to implement any type of reparations because everyone has had someone in their cookie jar at some point in their U.S. genealogy.

In short, this chattel classification of the one-drop racial purity laws are a joke and begs the question as to why we continue to teach this out dated method of human asset management when we are filing patents left and right on human genomes and protein strands.

That racial horse and buggy is being traumatized by those fandangled motor cars!

And that is why Elizabeth Warren will never be legally recognized, under U.S. Laws as being a registered, card carrying member of any North American Native Tribe, because if she did have a tribal card, she could cross any North American border without a passport.

I bet she cannot even tell one personal story of children being ripped from their parents to be put into Indian boarding schools or of family members living in abject poverty on reservations that have yet to get a casino to launder money for political campaigns or access to sovereign land for special projects.

All I can say is that everyone should keep having babies and check whatever race box you wish for the birth certificate, just to skew the data for their crappy predictive modeling because it is really fun to screw up and invalidate their fake theories and methodologies, based upon horse and buggy methodologies.

I wonder what she has to say about the ICWA ruling?

I wonder what she has done to have the nation apologize for what they have done to "her people".

Warren releases results of DNA test

WASHINGTON — Senator Elizabeth Warren has released a DNA test that provides “strong evidence’’ she had a Native American in her family tree dating back 6 to 10 generations, an unprecedented move by one of the top possible contenders for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president.

Warren, whose claims to Native American blood have been mocked by President Trump and other Republicans, provided the test results to the Globe on Sunday in an effort to defuse questions about her ancestry that have persisted for years. She planned an elaborate rollout Monday of the results as she aimed for widespread attention.

The analysis of Warren’s DNA was done by Carlos D. Bustamante, a Stanford University professor and expert in the field who won a 2010 MacArthur fellowship, also known as a , for his work on tracking population migration via DNA analysis.He concluded that “the vast majority” of Warren’s ancestry is European, but he added that “the results strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor.”

Bustamante calculated that Warren’s pure Native American ancestor appears in her family tree “in the range of 6-10 generations ago.” That timing fits Warren’s family lore, passed down during her Oklahoma upbringing, that her great-great-great-grandmother, O.C. Sarah Smith, was at least partially Native American.

Smith was born in the late 1700s. She identified as white in historical documents, though at the time Indians faced discrimination, and Smith would have had strong incentives to call herself white if possible.

The inherent imprecision of the six-page DNA analysis could provide fodder for Warren’s critics. If O.C. Sarah Smith were fully Native American, that would make Warren up to 1/32nd native. But the generational range based on the ancestor that the report identified suggests she’s between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American. The report notes there could be missed ancestors.

Undergoing the test and releasing the results reveal how seriously Warren is taking the attacks from Trump, who has been able to effectively caricature and diminish his national foes via nicknames and conspiracy theories. Trump pushed then President Barack Obama into releasing the long form of his birth certificate to prove what most knew was already true: He was born in America.

The move is also another indication of how seriously Warren is considering running for president. And while it’s unclear whether the test will convince Trump and his die-hard supporters, Warren will be able to point to it with other, more open-minded voters. Once Obama produced his birth certificate in 2011, the racist “birther’’ movement, which thrived on the Internet and was stoked by Trump, largely evaporated.

Warren is seeking reelection in Massachusetts and is expected to easily win a second term. She has said that she will take a “hard look” at running for the Democratic nomination for president once the midterm elections are over. She’s already released 10 years worth of her tax returns and made her personnel files available to The Boston Globe, showing that ethnicity was not a factor in her rise in law.

By taking a DNA test, Warren is showing that if she runs for president, she plans to be a very different candidate than Hillary Clinton was. The 2016 Democratic nominee for president chafed at releasing personal information and was dogged throughout her campaign by her use of a private server while she was secretary of state.

Warren provided a sample of her DNA to a private lab in Georgia in August, according to one of the senator’s aides. The data from that test was sent to Bustamante and his team for analysis. Warren received the report last week.

Warren didn’t use a commercial service, but Bustamante is on the scientific advisory board for Ancestry, which provides commercial DNA tests. He’s also consulted on a project for 23andMe, another major DNA testing company.

Warren said she was committed to releasing the report regardless of the results. However, Warren’s aides would not say whether she or any of her three siblings had previously done a commercial DNA test that would have provided them with some assurance about Bustamante’s analysis.

There were five parts of Warren’s DNA that signaled she had a Native American ancestor, according to the report. The largest piece of Native American DNA was found on her 10th chromosome, according to the report. Each human has 23 pairs of chromosomes.

“It really stood out,” said Bustamante in an interview. “We found five segments, and that long segment was pretty significant. It tells us about one ancestor, and we can’t rule out more ancestors.”
He added: “We are confident it is not an error.”

Detecting DNA for Native Americans is particularly tricky because there is an absence of Native American DNA available for comparison. This is in part because Native American leaders have asked tribal members not to participate in genetic databases.

“The tribes have felt they have been exploited,” explained Lawrence Brody, a senior investigator with the Medical Genomics and Metabolic Genetics Branch at the National Institutes of Health. “The amount of genetic data that is available from Native Americans is sparse.”

To make up for the dearth of Native American DNA, Bustamante used samples from Mexico, Peru, and Colombia to stand in for Native American. That’s because scientists believe that the groups Americans refer to as Native American came to this land via the Bering Strait about 12,000 years ago and settled in what’s now America but also migrated further south. His report explained that the use of reference populations whose genetic material has been fully sequenced was designed “for maximal accuracy.”

Bustamante said he can tease out the markers that these South Americans would have in common with Native Americans on the North American continent.

Bustamante also compared Warren’s DNA to white populations in Utah and Great Britain to determine if the amounts of Native American markers in Warren’s sample were significant or just background noise.

Warren has 12 times more Native American blood than a white person from Great Britain and 10 times more than a white person from Utah, the report found.

Warren has come under blistering attacks from Trump for making claims of Native American heritage. His taunts of her as “Pocahontas” have become part of his standard rally monologue.
Earlier this month at rally in Iowa, Trump said he hoped Warren would run for president because it would allow him to find out “whether or not she has Indian blood.”

In July, during a rally in Montana, Trump imagined debating Warren during the 2020 presidential election and said that he’d try to make her take a DNA test by throwing it at her onstage. “We have to do it gently, because we’re in the #MeToo generation, so we have to be very gentle,” Trump said.
He also offered to provide $1 million to her charity of choice if she takes the test.

Warren’s Senate campaign has used clips from Trump and his spokeswoman Sarah Sanders attacking her for making the Native American claims in a slickly.

There’s even footage of Warren calling Bustamante to get the results of her DNA test.
“The president likes to call my mom a liar. What do the facts say?” asks Warren, sitting at a desk by behind a Macintosh laptop.

“The facts suggest that you absolutely have Native American ancestry in your pedigree,” replies Bustamante, who was also captured on film by Warren’s team.

Bustamante is considered one of the leading DNA analysts in the world. When several DNA experts were asked by the Globe, earlier this year, how they’d recommend Warren go about taking a DNA test, his name came up repeatedly.

He has never donated to Warren’s campaigns. (A different California professor with the same name donated $200 to Obama in 2008, federal records show.)

Questions over Warren’s ethnicity have dogged her since her 2012 Senate campaign. That’s when GOP operatives found archival stories in the Harvard Crimson of a Harvard Law School spokesman referring to her as a Native American as a way to show the school had a diverse faculty.

During her academic career as a law professor, she had her ethnicity changed from white to Native American at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she taught from 1987 to 1995, and at Harvard University Law School, where she was a tenured faculty member starting in 1995. (She was a visiting professor at Harvard during the 1992-1993 academic year.)

In an interview with the Globe published last month, Warren explained that she identified herself as Native American in the late 1980s and early 1990s as many of the matriarchs of her family were dying and she began to feel that her family stories and history were becoming lost.

Ivy League universities, like the ones where Warren taught, were under great pressure to show they had diverse staffs.

The University of Pennsylvania filled out a document explaining why it hired a white woman over minority candidates — clear evidence it didn’t view her as a Native American addition. And the Globe interviewed 31 Harvard Law School faculty members who voted on her appointment there, and all said her heritage was not a factor.

Correction: 
Due to a math error, a story about Elizabeth Warren misstated the ancestry percentage of a potential 6th to 10th generation relative. The generational range based on the ancestor that the report identified suggests she’s between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American.


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