Category: Corruption

Undercover NYPD officers infiltrated and surveilled Black Live Matters protests in 2014 and 2015 – Salon.com

After a grand jury decided against indicting the officers involved in the death of Eric Garner, undercover New York Police Department officers infiltrated the ensuing protests organized by Black Lives Matter at Grand Central Terminal. Court documents obtained by the Guardian reveal that officers posed as protestors and even gained the confidence of organizers so that they could access the group’s private text messages.

The documents contained emails between undercover officers and other NYPD officials, the Guardian reported, in addition to surveillance photos. The undercover officers apparently had substantial access to the protestors’ plans and whereabouts. In one email, an NYPD official confirmed that an undercover officer had been successfully embedded within a group at the station — the site of numerous protests following Garner’s death.

Report: Russian Elite Invested Nearly $100 Million In Trump Buildings, Records Show | The Huffington Post

“I can tell you, speaking for myself, I own nothing in Russia,” President Trump said at a news conference last month. “I have no loans in Russia. I don’t have any deals in Russia.”

But in the United States, members of the Russian elite have invested in Trump buildings. A Reuters review has found that at least 63 individuals with Russian passports or addresses have bought at least $98.4 million worth of property in seven Trump-branded luxury towers in southern Florida, according to public documents, interviews and corporate records.

Trump’s Son-In-Law Gets $400 Million From Foreign Backers, Influence In White House

Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, is getting a sizeable chunk of change in the amount of over $400 million from a Chinese company that is looking to invest in his family’s Manhattan office tower on 666 Fifth Ave.

Real estate experts suspect foul play considering its largely favorable terms for a property that has been struggling financially. As part of the deal, the Kushners will only have to pay 20% of what they owe on their existing mortgage.

Trump adviser admits to contact with DNC hacker | TheHill

Roger Stone, President Trump’s former campaign advisor, on Friday admitted to having private conversations with a hacker who helped leak information from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) during last year’s campaign.

Stone insisted to The Washington Times that the conversations were “completely innocuous.”

“It was so perfunctory, brief and banal I had forgotten it,” Stone told The Times of a private Twitter conversation he had with a hacker known as “Guccifer 2.0.”

The Editors: Why Believe the President? | Commonweal Magazine

A man who routinely lies when nothing is at stake can be counted on to lie when everything is. If Trump’s campaign did collaborate with Russia’s interference in the presidential election, that would be an impeachable offense, as well as a criminal one. In that case, Trump would be in no hurry to come clean. The only way to find out what really happened is to let our intelligence agencies continue their investigations without interference from the White House. Once they’ve finished their work, they should report their findings not only to the House and Senate intelligence committees—whose Republican chairmen have already been enlisted by the Trump administration to do damage control—but also to an independent commission made up of nonpartisan experts rather than elected officials.