Thursday, August 16, 2018

DOJ: Royal Bank of Scotland Agrees to Pay $4.9 Billion for Financial Crisis-Era Misconduct

Looks like Detroit is going to have a Happy New Year.

It also looks like criminal charges are still in play.

Settlement Is Largest Penalty Imposed On A Single Entity By The Justice Department For Financial Crisis-Era Misconduct

The Justice Department announced today a $4.9 billion settlement with The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (RBS) resolving federal civil claims that RBS misled investors in the underwriting and issuing of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) between 2005 and 2008. The penalty is the largest imposed by the Justice Department for financial crisis-era misconduct at a single entity under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989, which authorizes the federal government to seek civil penalties against financial institutions that violate various predicate criminal offenses, including wire and mail fraud.

“Many Americans suffered lasting economic harm as a result of the 2008 financial crisis,” said Acting Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio.  “This settlement holds RBS accountable for serious misconduct that contributed to that financial crisis, and it sends an important message that the Department of Justice will pursue financial institutions that illicitly harm the American economy and our consumers.”

"This resolution – the largest of its kind – holds RBS accountable for defrauding the people and institutions that form the backbone of our investing community,” said Andrew E. Lelling, U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. “Despite assurances by RBS to its investors, RBS’s deals were backed by mortgage loans with a high risk of default. Our settlement today makes clear that institutions like RBS cannot evade responsibility for the damage caused by their illicit conduct, and it serves as a reminder that the Justice Department, and this Office, will hold those who engage in fraudulent conduct accountable.”

“The actions of RBS resulted in significant losses to investors, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which purchased the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities backed by defective loans,” said Associate Inspector General Jennifer Byrne of the Federal Housing Finance Agency-Office of Inspector General’s (FHFA-OIG). “We are proud to have partnered with the U.S Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts on this matter.”

The settlement includes a statement of facts that details – using contemporaneous calls and emails of RBS executives – how RBS routinely made misrepresentations to investors about significant risks it failed to disclose about its RMBS. For example:
  • RBS failed to disclose systemic problems with originators’ loan underwriting. RBS’s reviews of loans backing its RMBS (known as “due diligence”) confirmed that loan originators had failed to follow their own underwriting procedures, and that their procedures were ineffective at preventing risky loans from being made. As a result, RBS routinely found that borrowers for the loans in its RMBS did not have the ability to repay and that appraisals for the properties guaranteeing the loans had materially inflated the property values. RBS never disclosed that these material risks both existed and increased the likelihood that loans in its RMBS would default. 
  • RBS changed due diligence findings without justification. RBS’s due diligence practices did not remove fraudulent and high-risk loans from its RMBS. For example, when RBS’s due diligence vendors graded loans materially defective, RBS frequently directed the vendors to “waive” the defects without justification. One due diligence vendor, which tracked waivers by most major participants in the RMBS industry, concluded that RBS waived material defects 30% more frequently than the industry average. RBS’s waiver of material defects routinely resulted in the securitization of loans with excessive risk. When it engaged in such waivers, RBS never included enhanced “scratch-and-dent” disclosures that would have alerted investors that loans with excessive risks were included in the RMBS.
  • RBS provided investors with inaccurate loan data. RBS’s due diligence frequently found that loan data – which RBS passed on to investors, who used the data to analyze the risks associated with its RMBS – were riddled with errors. Many inaccuracies made the loans look less risky than they actually were. RBS, however, did not require originators to correct the data errors. In one deal, where RBS identified over 600 data errors associated with 563 loans (including debt-to-income ratios understated by as much as 2700%), RBS failed to disclose these errors even to the originator; instead, RBS reassured the originator that RBS had not required originators to correct data errors in the past and did not anticipate doing so for that deal.
  • RBS failed to disclose due diligence and kick-out caps. To develop and maintain business relations with originators, RBS agreed to limit the number of loans it could review (due diligence caps) and/or limit the number of materially defective loans it could remove from a RMBS (kick-out caps). RBS’s scheme reached its height in two deals issued in October 2007. In both of these RMBS, RBS identified hundreds of underlying loans that carried a particularly high risk of default and would cause losses to the RMBS investors. RBS kept these materially risky loans in the RMBS, without disclosing their inclusion to investors, because RBS had agreed to a kick-out cap limiting the number of defective loans that RBS could exclude from the securities in exchange for receiving a lower price for the loan pool. As a result, over the entirety of its scheme, RBS securitized tens of thousands of loans that it determined or suspected were fraudulent or had material problems without disclosing the nature of the loans to investors. 

Through its scheme, RBS earned hundreds of millions of dollars, while simultaneously ensuring that it received repayment of billions of dollars it had lent to originators to fund the faulty loans underlying the RMBS. RBS used RMBS to push the risk of the loans, and tens of billions of dollars in subsequent losses, onto unsuspecting investors across the world, including non-profits, retirement funds, and federally-insured financial institutions. As losses mounted, and after many mortgage lenders who originated those loans had gone out of business, RBS executives showed little regard for this misconduct and made light of it.

These are allegations only, which RBS disputes and does not admit, and there has been no trial or adjudication or judicial finding of any issue of fact or law.

The settlement was the result of a multi-year investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Massachusetts.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Justin D. O’Connell, Brian M. LaMacchia, Elianna J. Nuzum, Steven T. Sharobem, and Sara M. Bloom of Lelling’s Office investigated RBS’s conduct in connection with RMBS, with the support of the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Office of the Inspector General.
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Cocktails & Popcorn: What Do Keith Ellison, Donald Trump & John Conyers Have In Common?

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Celestial Goddess of the Woodshed vs. The "Legal Geniuses"
(trademark pending) Final Boss Fight - Detroit
Q: What Do Keith Ellison, Donald Trump & John Conyers Have In Common?

I do hope everyone knows why Keith Ellison is being smeared, just 2 days before election, right?

Oh, you do not believe it is a smear?

Very well.

I need someone to explain to me how there is a video of him snatching his ex-girlfriend from the bed, cursing her out to get out his house.

My first questions are:

  • "Who was recording the video?" 
  • "How come the person recording the video did not intervene?"
  • "How come it took years for this to come into question?"
  • "Why did this come out days before an election?"
  • "How come there was no police report?"
  • "Why is the media reporting on a third party statement, without any formal Ethics or DOJ, or the U.S. Treasury referral for investigation?"
  • "Why is the media omitting anything dealing with the DNC lawsuit and Wikileaks?"
  • "Why does Perkins Coie Sucks?"
Oh, you ask, how do I know Perkins Coie Sucks?

Well, transposable models happens to be their forte' and they are "Legal Geniuses" (trademark pending) and I can prove it, in multiple dimensions and jurisdictions.

I think they are practicing their psyop skills for the Epic Final Boss Fight.


Democratic Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison wants ex-girlfriend Karen Monahan to know that the two “don’t have to destroy each other” over her claim that Ellison physically abused her.

Monahan, a liberal activist for Sierra Club, accused Ellison of physically and emotionally abusing her and claims to have a video of him dragging her off a bed, although she has yet to produce it.

Ellison is the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and on Tuesday won the party’s nomination for Minnesota attorney general. He has repeatedly denied Monahan’s

(RELATED: DNC Finally Breaks Silence On Ellison Allegations. Here’s What It Said)

A reporter for local Minnesota station WCCO asked Ellison on Wednesday what he would say to Monahan if he could.

“I would say: we loved each other, we don’t have to destroy each other,” Ellison said.

“Is that what you think she is trying to do?” asked the interviewer.

“I don’t know, I don’t want to speculate on motive,” Ellison answered.

Monahan’s son Austin first aired the allegations against Ellison on Saturday and claimed to have witnessed the alleged video of Ellison’s abuse.

“I was using my moms computer trying to download something and I clicked on a file, I found over 100 text and twitters messages and video almost 2 min long that showed Keith Ellison dragging my mama off the bed by her feet, screaming and calling her a ‘fucking bitch’ and telling her to get the fuck out of his house,” Austin wrote in a viral Facebook post.

“Sitting all this time, watching what our mom went through and not being able to say or do anything was hard as hell. None of you know the hell our family has gone through. I don’t think half of you would even care,” Austin added.

“We watched her so called political friends stand by say or do nothing. People had an idea what happened and never reached out to my mom. The same people who are posting about social justice are ready to smear my mom, protect a person who abused her and broke the law.”

Like her son, Monahan has also said that she expects to be smeared for speaking out against Ellison.
“I was well prepared for the smears, etc. It is exactly what I wanted to bring to light,” she tweeted Monday.

“This issue is so much bigger than my story, but with each story that surfaces, we make a dent each time and it brings us closer to justice.”

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Pennsylvania Uncloaks Child Welfare Fraud In The U.S. & Around The World - Welcome To Detroit

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For there are eunuchs who were born that way; others were made that way by men;
 and still others live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. 
The one who can accept this should accept it.” 
Then the little children were brought to Jesus for Him to place His hands on them 
and pray for them; and the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 
But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them! 
For the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”…
Q; Where is the best place to hide if you are into doing nasty things to tiny humans?

A: In plain sight.

In this particular development of an international take down of child welfare fraud in the name of the christian tax exempt god, you have only one, small area, that is being unveiled, and that is the ecclesiastic structure of the Catholic Church, Holy See.

For those of you who are unaware, there are major criminal trials going on dealing with individuals over the fraudulent financial activities, collapsing the Vatican Bank, child trafficking and child pornography.

There are Catholic issues dealing with the trafficking of tiny humans in Argentina.

There are Catholic issues dealing with the trafficking of tiny humans in India.

There are Catholic issues dealing with the trafficking of tiny humans in the U.S. child welfare system of foster care and adoption, including refugees, the international term for foster care and adoption.)

But have no fear, we shall soon get to the religious factions of trafficking tiny humans operations in Islam and Judaism, shortly, because it is important to understand that each religion has a unique, historical approach when it comes to chattel law.

I know, personally, as the original source, that the Holy See, and the Archdiocese of Detroit know, in detail, of what goes on in the name of god when it comes to children in their care.

How do I know?

They sent me a letter, in response to a federal legal action, that said, in general:

"Whoops, our bad.  We so sorry."
signed by the attorneys for the Archdiocese of Detroit and the Holy See.

Always remember, you can not stop those who never get caught.

Stay tuned, we shall soon be entering the nasty, deep, dark world of the christians, when it comes to child welfare fraud, and something tells me that our point of departure is going to be Detroit, because it all started in Detroit.

It is all about the Public Private Partnerships, or rather the no-bid contracts.

Detroit has been trafficking tiny humans since the Underground Railroad, seriously, think about it.

So far, only 6 dioceses in Pennsylvania have been completed by the grand jury.

We still have 48 contiguous states, with Alaska, Hawaii, all U.S. Territories and any other area of the world where the U.S. has a military presences, to uncloak.

"…[i]n the writings of Nicholas, the Roman pontiff, it is narrated that the same Constantine said: 'Truly if my own eyes had seen a priest of God or any of those who wrap themselves in the robes of the monastery sinning, my cloak would have been stretched out and would have covered him up, so that no other would see him."

John of Salisbury, c1129, Policraticus

Priests with ties to Detroit among 300 accused in Pa. sex report

Three priests with ties to Metro Detroit are among 300 Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania accused of molesting more than 1,000 children since the 1940s, according to a state grand jury report released Tuesday that accused senior church officials of covering up complaints.
The accused include:

♦Ronald Yarrosh, who worked as an assistant promotion director for the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions in Detroit in 1974 and 1975. He returned to Detroit from 1977 to 1981.

Yarrosh worked in Pennsylvania parishes from 1982 until April 2004, when the Pennsylvania State Police searched his rooms found a "tremendous amount" of child pornography, the grand jury's report said.

The Pennsylvania State Police filed 110 counts of sexual abuse of children against Yarrosh after discovering hundreds of child pornography photos, books, magazines, videos and DVD's in his possession.

♦Robert E. Spangenberg, who worked an associate pastor at Old St. Mary's in Detroit's Greektown, sometime between 1974 and 1977, starting a new job in a parish in Pennsylvania in 1977. He worked in parishes in five other states through 1997.

The diocese was first notified of a problem with Spangenberg's ministry in 1988. A woman wrote to the diocese and to the Vatican in order to obtain help for her son, the report says.

Documents provided by the Diocese of Pittsburgh show Spangenberg was involved with at least two children. The report does not say where those alleged incidents occurred.
Spangenberg died in 2006.

♦Anthony J. Cipolla, who was a priest from 1972 to 2002 in multiple parishes in Pennsylvania.
Cipolla was first accused of sexually abusing children, specifically, two brothers who were ages 9 and 12 in 1978 while Cipolla was assigned to St. Francis Xavier in Pittsburgh. The abuses occurred in Cipolla' s bedroom in the rectory and also in a hotel room in Dearborn, the report said.

Cipolla was moved by his superiors from parish to parish throughout the diocese several times during his tenure, for a total of eight moves in a 16-year period, the report says.

Cipolla died in 2016.

An official with the Archdiocese of Detroit confirmed Wednesday that Yarrosh and Spangenburg worked in Detroit. No record of Cipolla serving in ministry in the archdiocese was found, said Holly Fournier, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Fournier said the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions confirmed that from 1977-81, Yarrosh was based in Detroit while traveling the country to make mission appeals during masses.

"We have no records of allegations brought to the AOD. In addition, we weren’t notified by his order or the Allentown diocese regarding the later allegations," Fournier said of Yarrosh.

Fournier said Spangenburg was a religious order priest, with the Congregation of the Holy Spirit Province of the United States, also known as Spiritans.

"He briefly served as associate pastor at Old St. Mary’s in Greektown from July 1975 until December of that same year when he moved to a parish in Pittsburgh," Fournier said.

"We have no records of allegations brought to the AOD. In addition, we weren’t notified by his order or the Pittsburgh diocese regarding the later allegations," she said.

Fournier said regarding Cipolla, she found an article that indicates he may have taught at St. Anselm School in Dearborn Heights for one year, in the late 1960s or early '70s.

"This would have been before his ordination into the priesthood in 1972. However, we were unable to find any record of his employment, so we can’t confirm this," she said.

The archdiocese has no records of allegations against Cipolla, she said.

"The accusations against him, including about an incident in Dearborn, were brought to Pittsburgh police and the Pittsburgh diocese. To our knowledge, the abuse was not reported to Dearborn police, and the Pittsburgh diocese did not advise us on this case," Fournier said.

On Monday, Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron issued a letter calling for an accounting for the failures that have occurred.

"This summer’s news reports affirm why we — as bishops, priests, Church representatives and lay people — must be ever vigilant to protect children from abuse and must re-double our efforts of outreach and healing to those most harmed by sexual abuse," Vigneron said in his letter.

The roughly 900-page report accused senior church officials, including a clergyman who is now the archbishop of Washington, D.C., of systematically covering up complaints.

The “real number” of abused children and abusive priests might be higher since some secret church records were lost and some victims never came forward, the grand jury said.

U.S. bishops adopted widespread reforms in 2002 when clergy abuse became a national crisis for the church, including stricter requirements for reporting accusations to law enforcement and a streamlined process for removing clerics who abuse children. But the grand jury said more changes are needed.

"Despite some institutional reform, individual leaders of the church have largely escaped public accountability,” the grand jury wrote in the report. “Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all.”

Top church officials have mostly been protected and many, including some named in the report, have been promoted, the grand jury said, concluding that “it is too early to close the book on the Catholic Church sex scandal.”

In nearly every case, Pennsylvania prosecutors found that the statute of limitations has run out, meaning that criminal charges cannot be filed.

More than 100 of the priests are dead. Many others are retired or have been dismissed from the priesthood or put on leave. Authorities charged just two as a result of the grand jury investigation, including a priest who has since pleaded guilty, though some of those named had been charged years ago.

The investigation of six of Pennsylvania’s eight dioceses — Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton — is the most extensive investigation of Catholic clergy abuse by any state, according to victim advocates. The dioceses represent about 1.7 million Catholics.

Details on the allegations against Yarrosh say on April 29, 2004, he was removed from priestly ministry and entered a hospital for evaluation and treatment.

On May 12, 2004, the Pennsylvania State Police filed 110 counts of sexual abuse of children against him. Yarrosh pleaded guilty to charges of theft and possession of child pornography and was sentenced to three to 23 months.

After his release in 2005, Yarrosh registered with the Pennsylvania State Police as a sexual offender. Yarrosh was still a priest, the report says.

In November 2006, it was discovered that Yarrosh had taken trips to New York City with a 7-year-old child, the report says. Yarrosh also was found to be in possession of pornography, in violation of his court supervision.

Yarrosh was sentenced to 4 to 10 years in state prison for violating the terms of his supervision. In June 2007, the diocese dismissed Yarrosh from the priesthood.

Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions remains in operation in Detroit. No one from the organization was immediately available for comment.

The grand jury report on Spangenberg did not provide a date for his employment in Detroit. Records indicate it was likely between 1974 and 1977.

According to the report, the state grand jury said most information on Spangenberg came through newspaper articles and Spangenberg's own obituary.

The Diocese of Pittsburgh was first notified that there was a problem with Spangenberg's ministry in 1988. A woman wrote to the diocese and to the Vatican, naming Spangenberg as her son's abuser.

She stated another priest from Spangenberg's order was helping them with counseling. She wrote that she was upset that her letter was simply "noted" and that she has not heard from anyone regarding the matter since.

Officials did not take the accusation by the victim's family seriously enough to remove him, the report says, but they did reassign Spangenberg to a retirement home in Florida.

The grand jury report says in 2009, an adult male reported that when he was 15 to 16 years of age, he and Spangenberg engaged in sexual encounters.

The boy reported that he was involved in street prostitution with young boys known as "Hustlers." He was befriended by Spangenberg and said Spangenberg promoted the activity by engaging the boy in sexual activities after he ran away from home.

Spangenberg also paid the boy a finder's fee for him to locate younger hustlers to have sex with, the report says. The boy reported that Spangenberg enjoyed sniffing glue while Spangenberg performed oral sex on him.

The report said Spangenberg would pay for his sexual services with money from the collection box, typically one-dollar bills, and also would pay the boy in drugs and alcohol.

In Cipolla's case, criminal charges were filed again him after the victims' mother called the Pittsburgh Police Department.

The report says the charges were not pursued to a conclusion because, according to the mother, she was harassed and threatened by church officials to drop the charges and to "let the church handle it."

Members of the Pittsburgh Police Department who investigated the abuse of the brothers testified before the grand jury. They interviewed the first victim, who said on July 25, 1978, he had gone to St. Francis Xavier church/rectory for communion instructions.

The victim reported that he was taken to Cipolla's bedroom after he had answered some questions on his catechism instructions.

In the bedroom, the victim was told, "I (Cipolla) did this to you before. I'll do this again."

According to the victim, Cipolla shut all of the curtains and told the victim to take off his clothes.

Cipolla took all of his clothes off and Cipolla placed a thermometer in the boy's mouth and a stethoscope to his chest and told him he was going to examine him again.

The boy reported that Cipolla proceeded to molest and sexually assault him.

Cipolla told him that this was their secret and it would be a sin if he told anyone. He was made to sign a paper saying he would not tell anyone, the report said.

Detectives were told by parents that when the victim came home, he seemed scared. When they questioned him about it, he told them what had happened.

The second victim was interviewed by the detectives and reported that he was a victim of the same type of conduct as his brother. He believed that these incidents occurred "during the early vacation period of the summer of 1977."

He explained that after school let out for the summer and before a trip to Dearborn, he was told to get a physical examination.

Cipolla informed his mother that if her son came to the rectory, he would check her son's heart and blood pressure and they would not have to spend any money.

When the second victim arrived at the rectory, he was told to take off all of his clothing. Cipolla took his blood pressure, checked his heart with a stethoscope, then sexually assaulted him.

The first victim explained to the grand jury how the abuse affected his life, the report said.

"He noted his suffering (losing his father to suicide and losing his brother who was struck and killed by a car) and stated that he would have been able to handle it better 'without [the sexual abuse] happening to me, you know. I feel like I would've had a way more sound mind,' " the report said.

He said, "Basically, when a child is fooled with in any way, shape, or form, it is a lasting injury. It is a lifelong injury...I still have, you know, my issues with authority at points; and I still have my anger issues, but making great strides," he said.

"And if there is anything that you as a grand jury can do to ensure that you -- if you can save just one child, I have done my job. You have done yours. Please, please protect the children. Please."

All Hail The Whistleblowers: Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro Announces Grand Jury Report Of Sexual Abuse Of Children By Catholic Dioceses & Vatican

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DEFANGO: John "Pookie" Brennan Lost his Clearance - DEFNEW 8/15/2018

President Trump has revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced at the top of the press briefing. She read a statement by the president that said, “Mr. Brennan has a history that calls into question his objectivity and credibility.” 

"Pooky lost his security clearance."

"That intelligence keeps calling me, man," Said John "Pookie" Brennan

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

DEFANGO: Double Feature New Jack City + Qanon me if you can - DEFNEWS 8/14/2018

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DEFANGO: Lift the Drama Doughts and News - DEFNEWS 8/13/2018

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All Hail The Whistleblowers: Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro Announces Grand Jury Report Of Sexual Abuse Of Children By Catholic Dioceses & Vatican

The level of child abuse in the church is gut wrenchingly, bloody horrid, but what is even worse is that the world if finally finding out that this has been going on since the beginning of the peculiar institution.

Just remember, we are a christian nation.

Welcome to the deep, dark world of child welfare, which includes foster care and adoption.

This goes on around the world and no one cares because it is a multi-trillion dollar operation.

There is so much more to come and it will not be pretty, but I will make into a fairy tale so that those who will be drowning in their own cognitive dissonance, can grab on, at any time, to a lifeline of reality.

The Holy See is the child trafficking ratline and the Vatican Bank is the fiduciary.

There is so much more to come and it is time the world wake up from the religious propaganda.

Michigan is next.

Get ready.

On a mission...

Thank you, Jeff Sessions, Josh Shapiro, the Grand Jury of Pennsylvania, Survivors & Those Who Did Not Survive, in the name of the tax exempt god.


Report identifies more than 1,000 victims of priest abuse

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- More than 1,000 children -- and possible many more -- were molested by hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in six Pennsylvania dioceses, while senior church officials took steps to cover it up, according to a landmark grand jury report released Tuesday.

The grand jury said it believes the "real number" of abused children might be "in the thousands" since some records were lost and victims were afraid to come forward. The report said more than 300 clergy committed the abuse over a period of decades.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said the two-year probe found a systematic cover-up by senior church officials in Pennsylvania and at the Vatican.

"The cover-up was sophisticated. And all the while, shockingly, church leadership kept records of the abuse and the cover-up. These documents, from the dioceses' own `Secret Archives,' formed the backbone of this investigation," he said at a news conference in Harrisburg.

Significantly, the report faulted Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the former longtime bishop of Pittsburgh who now leads the Washington archdiocese, for what it said was his part in the concealment of clergy sexual abuse. Wuerl defended himself, releasing a statement Tuesday that said he had "acted with diligence, with concern for the victims and to prevent future acts of abuse."

The grand jury scrutinized abuse allegations in dioceses that minister to more than half the state's 3.2 million Catholics. Its report echoed the findings of many earlier church investigations around the country in its description of widespread sexual abuse by clergy and church officials' concealment of it.

The panel concluded that a succession of Catholic bishops and other diocesan leaders tried to shield the church from bad publicity and financial liability by covering up abuse, failing to report accused clergy to police and discouraging victims from going to law enforcement.

Yet the grand jury's work might not result in justice for Catholics who say they were molested as children. While the probe yielded charges against two clergymen -- including a priest who has since pleaded guilty, and another who allegedly forced his accuser to say confession after each sex assault -- the vast majority of priests already identified as perpetrators are either dead or are likely to avoid arrest because their alleged crimes are too old to prosecute under state law.

The document comes at a time of renewed scrutiny and fresh scandal at the highest levels of the U.S. Catholic Church. Pope Francis stripped 88-year-old Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of his title and ordered him to a lifetime of prayer and penance amid allegations that McCarrick had for years sexually abused boys and had sexual misconduct with adult seminarians.

Wuerl has come under harsh criticism over his response to the McCarrick scandal, with some commentators questioning his claims of surprise and ignorance over allegations that McCarrick molested and harassed young seminarians.

Wuerl replaced McCarrick as Washington's archbishop after McCarrick retired in 2006.
The Pennsylvania grand jury, convened by the state attorney general's office in 2016, heard from dozens of witnesses and reviewed more than a half-million pages of internal documents from the Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton dioceses.

Some current and former clergy named in the report went to court to prevent its release, arguing it violated their constitutional rights to reputation and due process of law. The state Supreme Court said the public had a right to see it, but ruled the names of priests and others who objected to the findings would be blacked out pending a September hearing on their claims.

The identities of those clergy members remain under court seal.

A couple of dioceses decided to strip the accused of their anonymity ahead of the report and released the names of clergy members who were accused of sexual misconduct. On Friday, the bishop of Pittsburgh's diocese said a few priests named in the report are still in ministry because the diocese determined allegations against them were unsubstantiated.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Grand Jury documents link, below.

Fortieth statewide investigating grand jury

Here is the pdf link to the Grand Jury report.

My apologies for not providing the original document.  I am having technical issues uploading.  I will be updating.

For a history of child welfare fraud in Pennsylvania, you can find it here.

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DOJ Atlanta City Hall Staff Bribery Charges - Who Is Next?


This sounds like Detroit and D.C., but hey, what do I know?

Senior staffer of former Mayor Reed charged in city hall bribery investigation

A criminal information unsealed Wednesday morning accused Taylor-Parks of accepting bribes in 2013 from an unidentified city vendor.
“At this point, we really don’t want to talk about the merits of the case,” said her attorney, Jay Strongwater. “She’s devastated by the news.”

The accusations
Prosecutors claim the vendor wrote a $2,000 check to a company Taylor-Parks’ owned and another $2,000 check directly to Parks’ husband, DeAnthony Parks. In exchange, that vendor got more than $80,000 in contract work from the city.

Channel 2 Action News confirmed the dates and amounts the feds highlighted coincide with city payments to a company called Bridgenet for a Piedmont Park Wi-Fi project.

Bridgenet’s owner, Paul Marshall, recently cut a plea deal with the feds in an unrelated fraud case in return for his cooperation in other investigations.

First appearance postponed
Taylor-Parks was scheduled to make a first appearance before a federal magistrate Wednesday afternoon. The appearance was postponed after Strongwater told the judge that she is in a hospital for an undisclosed medical condition.

“Hopefully we can get Katrina back on her feet, and at that time we’ll be in court for this initial appearance and the bond,” Strongwater said.

The complaint also states that Taylor-Parks signed financial disclosures with the city “falsely attesting that she was not self-employed or employed by any business or entity other than the city.”

In April, federal prosecutors subpoenaed records from City Hall related to Taylor-Parks and DeAnthony Parks, who is also a city of Atlanta employee.

The subpoena for Taylor-Parks sought personnel records, financial disclosure and ethics statements and requests for permission by Taylor-Parks to seek outside employment.

Prosecutors demanded her travel records and reimbursements from 2011 to 2017, as well as her requests and approvals for leave.

What does it mean for the larger investigation?
Former federal prosecutor Caren Morrison told Channel 2’s Aaron Diamant that based on her read of the charging document, she expects Taylor-Parks will eventually plead guilty.

She also believes the case may go higher than Taylor-Parks.

“If this is somebody who worked closely with the mayor, there’s no way she could do these kinds of activities without the mayor at least having some idea of what was going on,” Morrison said.

[SPECIAL SECTION: Atlanta City Hall Investigation]
Taylor-Parks is just the latest casualty of the feds' sweeping corruption probe of city hall under Reed that’s already lead to four guilty pleas and four prison sentences.

Strongwater wouldn’t say if his client is cooperating with prosecutors and said he had no idea if Reed knew about the alleged bribes.

Current mayor responds
Taylor-Parks served as Reed’s deputy chief of staff for eight years -- a position she held under Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms until Taylor-Parks recent resignation.

In a statement to Channel 2 Action News, Bottoms said she was saddened by the charge against Taylor-Parks.

“These unfortunate developments stand in stark contrast to her reputation as an effective and experienced City Hall executive,” the statement said. “Our administration has been steadfast in its commitment to create extraordinary and innovative new transparency safeguards."
Bottoms said her administration has been assisting federal investigators.

Former City of Atlanta deputy chief of staff charged with accepting bribes

ATLANTA - Evelyn Katrina Taylor-Parks has been charged with conspiring to accept bribe payments while serving as the City of Atlanta’s Deputy Chief of Staff to the Mayor.
“As the Deputy Chief of Staff, the City of Atlanta and its citizens placed immeasurable trust in Parks to act in the best interests of the city,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak.  “Public officials have a responsibility to lead with integrity. Regrettably, Parks allegedly exchanged the power and trust given to her for bribe money paid by a city contractor.”
“Great trust was placed in Parks as Deputy Chief of Staff and she is charged with abusing that position to serve her own financial interests,” said J. C. “Chris” Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. “Because actions like this erode the public’s trust in government, the FBI will continue to vigorously pursue any public official who chooses to violate that trust.”
“Parks’ alleged engagement in personal benefit over the public’s trust cannot be tolerated as a high ranking city official,” said Thomas J. Holloman, Special Agent in Charge of IRS-Criminal Investigation Atlanta. “Pay to play politics will continue to drive IRS-CI and its partners to follow the money in this saga of city hall malfeasance.”
According to U.S. Attorney Pak, the charges, and other information presented in court: From approximately January 2010 to May 2018, Parks served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Mayor of the City of Atlanta, working with the Chief of Staff, Chief Operating Officer, and Department Commissioners to advance the administration’s legislative agenda with the Atlanta City Council. She also served as a representative on several community outreach committees. From 2011 to February 2014, Parks conspired to accept bribes from a vendor with the City of Atlanta.  The vendor paid Parks thousands of dollars, and in return the vendor received tens of thousands of dollars for City of Atlanta contract work.  Parks filed financial disclosure statements with the City of Atlanta in which she falsely attested that she was not self-employed or employed by any business or entity other than the City of Atlanta.
Evelyn Katrina Taylor-Parks, 49, of Douglas County, Georgia, has been charged in a criminal information with one count of conspiratorial bribery. Parks is expected to plead guilty to the charge at 3:00 p.m. on August 13, 2018, before U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones.
This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey W.  Davis, Chief of the Public Integrity and Special Matters Sections, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jill E. Steinberg, Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division are prosecuting the case.
For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at sends e-mail) or (404) 581-6016.  The Internet address for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is
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All Hail The Whistleblowers: Updates On The Death Of Task Force & Her Child Trafficking Work - Jenny Moore

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Cocktails & Popcorn: Election Fraud In Detroit, So Easy An 11 Year Old Can Change Results In 10 Minutes

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"Who did you want me to make the winner
of the Detroit election?"
And to think ElectionSource has to answer to the Wayne County Board of Canvassers about election irregularities in Detroit.

This is going to be good because they think we are stupid.

An 11-year-old changed election results on a replica Florida state website in under 10 minutes

An 11-year-old boy on Friday was able to hack into a replica of the Florida state election website and change voting results found there in under 10 minutes during the world’s largest yearly hacking convention, DEFCON 26, organizers of the event said.

Thousands of adult hackers attend the convention annually, while this year a group of children attempted to hack 13 imitation websites linked to voting in presidential battleground states.

The boy, who was identified by DEFCON officials as Emmett Brewer, accessed a replica of the Florida secretary of state’s website. He was one of about 50 children between the ages of 8 and 16 who were taking part in the so-called “DEFCON Voting Machine Hacking Village,” a portion of which allowed kids the chance to manipulate party names, candidate names and vote count totals.

Nico Sell, the co-founder of the the non-profit r00tz Asylum, which teaches children how to become hackers and helped organize the event, said an 11-year-old girl also managed to make changes to the same Florida replica website in about 15 minutes, tripling the number of votes found there.
Sell said more than 30 children hacked a variety of other similar state replica websites in under a half hour.
“These are very accurate replicas of all of the sites,” Sell told the PBS NewsHour on Sunday. “These things should not be easy enough for an 8-year-old kid to hack within 30 minutes, it’s negligent for us as a society.”
Sell said the idea for the event began last year, after adult hackers were able to access similar voting sites in less than five minutes.
“So this year we decided to bring the voting village to the kids as well,” she said.

About 50 children participated in the DEFCON hacking event for children on Friday and Saturday. More than 30 of them were able to hack into replicas of secretaries of states, where vote tallies are posted. Photo courtesy of r00tz Asylum
In a statement regarding the event, the National Association of Secretaries of State said it is “ready to work with civic-minded members of the DEFCON community wanting to become part of a proactive team effort to secure our elections.” But the organization expressed skepticism over the hackers’ abilities to access the actual state websites.
“It would be extremely difficult to replicate these systems since many states utilize unique networks and custom-built databases with new and updated security protocols,” it read. “While it is undeniable websites are vulnerable to hackers, election night reporting websites are only used to publish preliminary, unofficial results for the public and the media. The sites are not connected to vote counting equipment and could never change actual election results.”’
But Sell said the exercise the children took part in demonstrates the level of security vulnerabilities found in the U.S. election system.
“To me that statement says that the secretaries of states are not taking this seriously. Although it’s not the real voting results it’s the results that get released to the public. And that could cause complete chaos,” she said. “The site may be a replica but the vulnerabilities that these kids were exploiting were not replicas, they’re the real thing.”
“I think the general public does not understand how large a threat this is, and how serious a situation that we’re in right now with our democracy,” she said.
Matt Blaze, a professor of computer and information science at the University of Pennsylvania who helped organize the “hacking village,” said that thousands of adults including voting security experts also tried to access voting machines and other voting software currently being used in U.S. elections today to become “more knowledgeable about voter technology.”
He also noted that the children who participated in their own challenge last week were dealing with replicas that were in many cases created to be even more formidable to access than the actual websites used by secretaries of states across the nation.
“It’s not surprising that these precocious, bright kids would be able to do it because the websites that are on the internet are vulnerable, we know they are vulnerable,” he said. “What was interesting is just how utterly quickly they were able to do it.”

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Cocktails & Popcorn: Bobby Goodlatte Is Mad At His Judiciary Daddy For Getting Peter Strzok Fired

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"He sold out his father!"
What is quite odd about Bobby Goodlatte, son of the Chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary, is not the fact that he is supporting a Democrat for his father's soon to be vacant seat, but the fact that Peter Strzok was fired for violating national security protocol, in the same exact manner that former Secretary Hillary Clinton did, which is how special access intelligence got onto her unsecured servers and in her emails.

Daddy Goodlatte has a few, unexamined issues, himself, when it comes to questionable activities in Congress.

Bobby Goodlatte sold out his father, but why?

This is so deep.

This definitely calls for Cocktails & Popcorn!

Congressman's son rips him for 'ruining' FBI agent's career

The son of a powerful Republican congressman lambasted his father on Twitter on Monday for "ruining" the career of a recently fired FBI agent who had sent anti-Trump text messages during the Russia investigation.

 The son of U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte also began soliciting campaign donations on Sunday for the Democrat who is running to replace his father, who is retiring.

The Democratic campaign said more than $25,000 had flowed in from across the country in less than 24 hours.

 The elder Goodlatte, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, is leaving his seat in western Virginia after 13 terms.

His son Bobby Goodlatte was an early designer at Facebook and is based in the San Francisco area.

 "I'm deeply embarrassed that Peter Strzok's career was ruined by my father's political grandstanding," the younger Goodlatte wrote on Twitter on Monday.

"That committee hearing was a low point for Congress.

Thank you for your service sir. You are a patriot." Strzok's lawyer said Monday that he had been fired by the FBI. Bobby Goodlatte was referring to his father's role in an extraordinarily combative congressional hearing last month in which Strzok was questioned about the anti-Trump texts he had sent.

 The hearing lasted 10 hours. Strzok said the texts, including ones in which he called Trump a "disaster" and said "We'll stop" a Trump candidacy, did not reflect political bias and had not infected his work.

 Congressman Goodlatte asked colleagues to imagine being investigated by someone who "hated you" and "disparaged you in all manner of ways."

 "Would anyone sitting here today believe that this was an acceptable state of affairs, particularly at an agency whose motto is 'Fidelity, Bravery and Integrity'? I think not," Goodlatte said.

 When Strzok declined to answer some questions on the Russia probe, Goodlatte suggested Republicans might recess the hearing and hold him in contempt.

Democrats objected and Goodlatte eventually let the hearing proceed.

 A day before he tweeted about his father's treatment of Strzok, the younger Goodlatte had requested donations in support of the Democrat who is running for the open seat in Virginia's 6th District.

 "I just gave the maximum allowed donation to Jennifer Lewis, a democrat running for my father's congressional seat," he wrote. "I've also gotten 5 other folks to commit to donate the max. 2018 is the year to flip districts — let's do this!"

 Political observers have described the House district in Virginia, which includes Roanoke, as safely Republican.

Lewis has received about $73,000, according to the latest Federal Elections Commission data.

Her Republican opponent, Ben Cline, has pulled in nearly $400,000.

 Following Goodlatte's tweet on Sunday, more than $25,000 had flowed in from across the country by Monday afternoon, according to Lewis' campaign manager, Josh Stanfield.

 He said mostly smaller donations, such as $100, came first from northern California and then from places like Iowa and Alaska.

 "(Bobby Goodlatte) never expected this to go viral," Stanfield said. "Everyone is sort of caught off guard. But obviously it's compelling for some reason. We'd be delighted if he'd come back to the 6th and canvass with us."

All Hail The Whistleblowers: Task Force Is Dead - She Told Us It Was Going To Happen

Much love, Task Force
Task Force, is the pseudo name for a law enforcement officer who was in a victim protection program from being severely beaten, spine broken, because she was investigating the trafficking of tiny humans, from the biomedical testing on children, neonatal cloning, organ harvesting and child sex trafficking, in the child welfare system.

She has spoken in great lengths of the threats and her fears of something happening to her.

We do not know what happened as of yet, but she should be hailed as a whistleblower who dedicated her life to ending the residuals of the peculiar institution.

No one listened.

No one ever listens when it comes to children because no one cares.

While media is stuck on the sensation of waking up to what the rest of the real world has known for the last few centuries of the United States, survivors such as this woman refuse to be silenced with money or the glittery dangling carrot of fame.

Retaliation is not gender specific, nor does it take into consideration age, even if it is a child.

Media needs to stop ignoring us, because we are watching you.

She liked popcorn.

Investigative Journalist Found Dead in D.C. Hotel Room Weeks After Reporting Bill Clinton to FBI & DHS for Allegedly Raping Boy

Investigative Journalist Jen Moore was found dead in a suburban Washington D.C. hotel room Monday, according to police and shocked and distraught friends and colleagues.
Moore died of an apparent seizure. Police are closely investigating the cause of death after former FBI Agent Robyn Gritz, a friend of Moore’s, made inquiries with homicide detectives Monday afternoon in Prince Georges County, Maryland. Preliminary reports from police said the death was not the result of suicide.
Moore’s body was found by employees at the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Washington, D.C. East – in Capitol Heights, Maryland. The investigation is ongoing. An autopsy had not been scheduled as of late Monday.

Moore, an advocate who investigated abused and trafficked children, had been in the process of investigating allegations by a 26-year-old man that — as a young boy — he was sexually assaulted by Bill Clinton and pimped out at private sex parties attended by other D.C. elites.
In fact, just four weeks before her death, Moore filed details of the alleged victim’s claims with the Department of Homeland Security, detailing the allegations against Clinton. Moore contacted Homeland Security beginning on July 6th through July 9th, records show. A week later, she contacted the FBI with identical details about the victim and the shocking allegations against Clinton.
FBI sources report no case has been opened on the evidence supplied by Moore. Homeland Security officials could not be reached for comment.

Moore had approached True Pundit’s Thomas Paine in June with the allegations against Clinton. Paine conducted a series of face-to-face interviews with Moore and the alleged victim in various locales. By July, the victim agreed to tell his story to Paine. But Moore and the traumatized victim wanted to contact Homeland Security and the FBI first to see if they would open a criminal case against Clinton prior to publicizing the claims.
“Jen thought that with a criminal probe, federal agents could use the victim possibly to dangle in front of Clinton to see if he made a mistake or tried to pay him off,” Paine said. “She was worried about the safety of the victim and was working to find him safe harbor until this story broke.
Now she is the one who turned up dead.”
Paine and True Pundit were vetting the details provided by the victim. Paine said the allegations were “credible” and the victim’s testimony and details were beyond convincing.
Paine said Moore accepted the risks with the story and understood things could get very ugly very fast. Per conversations with True Pundit’s Paine:
“She was worried about the victim because he was the first to break the ice,” Paine said. “There were others waiting to tell their stories but he was the catalyst.
Did she think she could be harmed? Absolutely. This woman was fearless. Absolute warrior. A former cop. I don’t think she was afraid of anyone or anything.”
According to interviews, the victim in this case claimed he was sexually assaulted by Clinton on a yacht in New England and knows the identities of several other child victims who were subjected to identical abuses. The victim also confirmed he witnessed other children and people being sexually and physically abused and possibly worse on numerous “boat parties.” These parties were attended by elite members of D.C. political class, according to Moore and the victim.
Both young boys and young girls, the victim said.
Moore supplied these details to federal agents and documented the interactions with a number of alleged victims. Within a month, she is dead.
In the exchange below, Moore discusses an extended stay with the alleged Clinton victim after his interview with Paine. During the interview, the victim sporadically vomited and shivered as he recalled details of his alleged abuse, Paine said.
This story is developing.

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