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  1. cliff665 says:

    Oops, I screwed up and double posted. Please pull the second one. It didn’t look like the first one went in so I came back later and posted it again. I apologize.

    The ability to respond to posts was useful, any chance you’ll be able to add that? Also, we like to print and read offline. Any chance we’ll be able to do that? Cut and paste to a Word document works, but it’s a pain.

    Thanks for all you’ve done, and continue to do. It takes courage to stand up with a high profile these days.

    Regards,

    Cliff

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  2. orionatl says:

    can yall put a “home” category under your banner.

    it seems impossible when entering “www.wmptywheel.net” in the google to come up with anything other than a specific ew post.

    thus putting emptywheel under ie “favorites” results in returning later to a single, already-posted essay.

    i cant find a way to access the entirety of the site with one entry in “favorites:

    tx

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  3. matthew carmody says:

    I see that orionatl beat me to it on the need for a “Home” button to make navigation easy.

    Other than that, I actually like the way the comments look
    I became a member of fdl specifically for your work and I’d like to set up a monthly system with you guys but I refuse to use PayPal.

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  4. Chacounne says:

    I’ll second Cliff’s request for a printer friendly button for posts :) I know you’re still getting up and running, so no hurry, just when you get a chance.
    Thanks,
    Heather

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  5. Set says:

    Howdy! I wish there were a “share” button so I could distribute this among all my social networking sites. Keep up the awesome work!

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  6. pdaly says:

    @Laura:

    Laura,

    I just noticed no one has yet answered your question.
    Marcy T Wheeler blogs under the pseudonym emptywheel.
    M. T. Wheel. ==> it’s her abbreviated name.

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  7. Cliff says:

    Grist for your mill, as if you needed more.

    “Enterprising law-enforcement officers… can flick a distant switch and turn a standard mobile phone into a roving mic or eavesdrop on occupants of cars equipped with travel assistance systems.”

    Scientific American December 2011 pg 24, “Freedom Fighter – Which side was Steve Jobs on”.

    First time I’ve seen this in print. Usually the discussion is focused on cell phone location tracking, or last week, root kits. The capability to remotely turn a phone into a bug has been part of US “national technical means” since at least the 1950’s. Ironically, the higher the technology, the easier it is to do.

    Moving Bradley Manning to Leavenworth seems to have effectively “disappeared” him.

    Since I’m on a roll, almost 500k people were added to those “not in the labor force” in November. Happy f**** Thanksgiving to them. Household Data, summary table A-1, BLS news release http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf

    Thanks for all you do.

    Cliff

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  8. helen johansen says:

    Judge Cebull’s mere act of forwarding the racist (And, by the way, misogenous-the President’s mother and a dog?!) email is solid cause to demand and get his resignation. At a minimum he should not be allowed to hear any cases involving people of color or women. (His comments are not a defense and further by them he violates the Hatch Act.) He is a disgrace

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  9. harpie says:

    Hi, Marcy,
    I didn’t notice this until today, and I think no one else mentioned it in the thread…don’t even know if you care at this point, or if it matters, or if there’s anything you can do about it now, but there is a typo in this title:

    SCOTUS and the Designated Strip Sea[r]ch Observers

    Thanks for all the fabulous work you do!

    harpie

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  10. Theresa Kadlec says:

    A dear friend is currenlty experiencing DOJ/DEA misconduct. I am so disappointed in our government. I have never seen anything like this. If you would like to see prosecutorial misconduct in progress and review this case… I think we would all learn a lot about prosecutorial misconduct and the importance of a “Win” in court for DOJ. This man is truely innocent, I worked with him daily, my name was on every email sent from the company… can you believe that I was never questioned? There are so many things frightening about this out of control department. Please help

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  11. david says:

    following arizona sherrif and da’s problems does anybody anywhere remember the word conspiricy? why hasnt anybody been charged with this yet?

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  12. Angelo M Martis says:

    Dear Standard Shartered and ING-Direct,

    I have an deposito slip of $ 900,000,000.00 usd and a certificate of that.I it was send by Johnson Smith and Douglas Flint from the HSBC.
    I have see that you have also I have also ian ING account it can be Huse in the hole world.I want you to contact me directly about it.

    Sign:Angelo Martis

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  13. Angelo M Martis says:

    Dear Bank,
    Hsbc have transfer my $ 195,000,000.00 usd to my ING account but it is still not reflect and they say that the Netherland Gouvernmet have my funds/money.But the Gouvernmentsay that they dont know about it.Last week ING told me to go to ING whith the documents to claim my money ,but first contact HSBC about it.We are planing to go to the banks because this time have to gif me my money.ING say that if i have all the legal papers i have to go to ING Amsterdam to take my money.

    Sign:Angelo Martis

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  14. Angelo M Martis says:

    I have let FBI and United Nation to screan and contact all the banks that have my money.They say that they will go to all the banks to make them gif me my money.

    Sign:Angelo Martis

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  15. Angelo M Martis says:

    Bregmann from FIBI have also my 9 Billion usd.
    IMF have also billions from me you can ask them about it.

    Sign:Angelo Martis

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  16. Ken Hardy says:

    I’ve been a bit surprised not to have seen any posts on the site on the recent Robert Bales preliminary hearing. I find new info revealed during the proceedings on what was happening–and said–at Bales’ base that night very revealing (not to mention petrifying) about the environment and attitude for our military in Afghanistan.

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  17. Timbo says:

    Been away from here for awhile.

    Has anyone tracked down whether or not there were prisoners held at the Benghazi US Consulate compound or not? There’s only the youtube video of Broadwell making statements that there were (CIA held prisoners in Benghazi US Consulate) and some claims by CIA that “she didn’t get that right at all”. All rumor—unverifiable or verifiable?

    I’m going to go through your archives now over the next few hours and see if I can find any discussion of this. Am thinking that if that was true than the whole resignation thing/Congressional harping is not what we we’re being told in US media at all…

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  18. Crowd Source This Please says:

    can someone help me out here please? i cannot listen to this – can someone tell me why D-Day is leaving blogging???

    Firedoglake’s David Dayen: Exiting The Liberal Blogosphere

    The soon to be former blogger, David Dayen, explains why he is leaving blogging. David also asks if the liberal blogesphere losing its added value and how we can hold power accountable in the Obama era.

    http://majority.fm/2012/12/18/1218-david-dayen-exiting-the-liberal-blogosphere-social-security-back-on-the-table/

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  19. Mark Murata says:

    I recently made a video about how the CIA created Al Qaeda and used it to attack Egypt. Here it is, in case you are interested:

    Mark Murata

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  20. rosemarie jackowski says:

    The Right of the People to Petition Their Government

    I want everyone to know about a new petition on We the People,
    a new feature on WhiteHouse.gov, and ask for your support. Will you add your
    name to mine? If this petition gets 25,000 signatures by January 31, 2013,
    the White House will review it and respond!

    This is a National, an International, and a local issue.

    Please sign, put it on Facebook and Twitter. Time is running out.

    If the petition gets enough support, the Obama Administration will issue an official response.

    You can view and sign the petition here:

    http://wh.gov/UKpQ

    Below is the petition.

    *End the DRONES…Stop the killing of children and innocent
    civilians.*

    The USA has Drone bases in many areas in and out of the US. There is
    probably a Drone base near you. One is located in New York, near Syracuse.
    The Hancock Drone Base must be shut down. Children are being killed in
    Afghanistan and Yemen from bases close to us. This is a war crime and a
    crime against humanity.

    All Drone Bases must be shut down immediately.

    The world will be a better place when we love the children in Afghanistan,
    and all children, as much as we love our own.

    For more information contact:
    Rosemarie Jackowski
    Bennington VT
    [email protected]

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  21. Awaiting Moderation says:

    when you write a piece for another site other than emptywheel.net would you please let your readers know somewhere on your front page??? i would have not known about the below linked essay at Alternet.org if i had not read a comment on one of the threads to a post. that is not very efficient. do not hestitate to toot your own horn when needed – you have certainly earned the right to do so. many thanks for all that you have done and continue to do.

    The Prosecution of Aaron Swartz Paints Obama’s Justice Department as Needlessly Cruel and Capricious

    A powerful indictment of our justice system, the Swartz case exemplifies the sick hypocrisy of persecuting information activists while corrupt corporations and bankers get off easy.

    http://www.alternet.org/activism/prosecution-aaron-swartz-paints-obamas-justice-department-needlessly-cruel-and-capricious?paging=off

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  22. John Teial says:

    Regarding Zero Dark Thirty, the actress said on the Daily Show that Maya is not a composite character but based on one woman. It seems very likely that “Jen” is Alfreda Frances Bikowsky.

    Both Maya and Frances have red hair and both were close friends with Jennifer Matthews who was killed in the triple cross bombing.

    From Washington Post reporter Joby Warrick, who confirmed that Frances and Jennifer Matthews were close friends-

    “There is a group of very, shall we say, strong personalities within the counterterrorism division, you’ve named 2 of them, they were good friends, they worked together on these cases, and the list of people the IG has identified as potentially deserving of disciplinary review for their actions before 9/11 never been published, but we know from multiple counts that Jennifer Matthews had been on that list…”

    54 min mark at http://www.peterbcollins.com/2011/09/28/wall-st-protests-get-traction-dc-protest-starts-october-6-journalist-joby-warrick-recreates-december-2009-attack-at-khost/

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  23. j. cale says:

    Dear Emptywheel,

    Did USA open the gates and let the loving arms of ______ ______? Or is it so black out that there’s a “blackout” on the “blackout”?

    re: decision by the Hon. Chief Justice John Roberts to grant Taitz a full Supreme Court Conference on.February 15, 2013 (albeit in secret).

    Case is titled: Noonan, Judd, MacLeran, Taitz v Bowen

    – provided a mountain of evidence of Barack Obama using a last name that is not legally his, a forged Selective Service application, forged long form and short form birth certificates and a Connecticut Social Security number 042-68-4425 which was never assigned to him according to E-Verify and SSNVS.

    On April 15, 2010 Obama posted his 2009 tax returns on line. He forgot to fllatten
    the PDF file and his full unredacted Social Security number xxx-xx-4425 became
    known to the public. This number immediately raised suspicions of Attorney Orly
    Taitz, as it started with 042, a digit combination which was assigned to the
    state of CT and Obama was never a resident of CT. E-verify and SSNVS showed
    that this number used by Barack Obama was never assigned to him. We have an
    individual sitting in the WH as the US president and Commander-in-Chief, in
    control of our nuclear arsenal, while using a stolen/fraudulently obtained
    Social Security number from a state where he never resided. http://www.petition2congress.com/9026/start-immediate-investigation-barack-obamas-use-forged-ids-ct-ssn/

    thanks for your great work!! <3

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  24. john Bertucci says:

    wow, this is one great link to know – great work, merci Marcy! I just posted link to yr timeline to Peter Dale Scott fb, and he immediately shared with over 7,000 friends – you rock! and I’ll be back regularly

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  25. lefty665 says:

    Just posted a comment in “incapacitating terrorists…” that’s awaiting moderation. I included @xxxxx.com in my name. DUH. Please be kind enough to remove it while moderating. Thanks.

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  26. zip29y says:

    When are we going to be able to vote “NONE OF THE ABOVE” and have them counted? There will be no democracy in this country until we have a vote of No Confidence. (And, in the mean time, how about Occupy setting up None of the Above polls at elections. Should make for far more interesting vote returns.)

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  27. lefty665 says:

    moderator – I just posted with a bad email address, and reposted with good address and minor change. Please send “awaiting moderation” post to the bit bucket. Thanks, and sorry for the inconvenience.

    BTW, does SS/DOJ activity coincide with Swartz’s Bradley Manning FOIA’s?

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  28. Greg Bean (@GregLBean) says:

    Is there any chance you could make the comments searchable en masse?

    Occasionally I’d like to search comment content for a topic but mostly I would like to search for my name to see if there have been any responses I might be interested in.

    It can be hard to remember articles I’ve commented on and difficult to find if anyone has replied and yet I feel I should do them the service of seeing their reply and responding if needed.

    Thanks, and keep up the great work.

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  29. What Constitution? says:

    Great article on Scott Block today. FWIW, Any chance that you might be able to redact the address of the author of the letter you linked in today’s Scott Bloch article? Obviously it’s from a court file and is a public record as such, but it probably wasn’t intended for such wide distribution….. just suggesting.

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  30. john francis lee says:

    I am very glad to have found your blog. Mentioned by Glenn Greenwald … but you’re better than him :)

    Wish you didn’t use gmail … it’s not possible that you missed their promise to read not only all your mail but any I or any one else might send you, is it?

    No matter, thanks for the comment page in lieu of non-gmail.com.

    Oh, yeah … looking for needles in our haystack to repeal the AMUF, to Roll-Back and Re-Do The 21s Century in the USA, actually.

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  31. Pat S says:

    5 thoughts on “Forbes’ Flawed Report on NPR and Sourcing by Gender”

    Here’s “Forbes'” Flawed Bias:
    redd.it/1dq3nd

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  32. Tom C. says:

    Were you ever able to obtain a copy of the new (2013) Technical Cooperation Agreement between the US and Saudi Arabia? If so can you email me a copy please?

    Thank you.

    Tom

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  33. Lake Effect Snow says:

    recently, we have experienced problems executing a simple copy and paste into e-mail – everything gets scrambled and now there is a tag line read more at … the URL is no problem but after than … what’s up???

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  34. john francis lee says:

    Sorry. I thought you’d closed this page and gmail’d you (I wish you and everyone else would snap out of it and stop feeding all your correspondents’ mail to Google and the NSA !) … because comments are closed on “Aaron Swartz, Plea Leveraging & The Bordenkircher Problem” and today I saw a report at wsws.org that simply took my breath away …

    Mother of teen jailed for Facebook post speaks to WSWS

    Justin Carter’s purportedly “terrorist” post was made in the context of an argument on Facebook related to an online game. Justin was accused of being “crazy.” His response, which his mother contends was just her son’s sarcastic sense of humor, was, “I’m f—ed in the head alright. I think I’ma shoot up a kindergarten and watch the blood of the innocent rain down and eat the beating heart of one of them.” Then Justin wrote, “j/k” (which means “just kidding”).

    The next day, they went in front of the judge to set the bond, and the bond was set at $250,000. It was later increased to $500,000. That’s when I realized it was serious. And it was devastating. I never thought that my son would go to jail, and I certainly never thought he would go to jail for being a terrorist.

    TC: In your son’s case, I understand the prosecutor is offering a sentence of eight years in return for a guilty plea, but is threatening to seek more if the case goes to trial. What is it like to have to make that choice?

    JC: It’s hard to put into words the kind of emotions you have with this kind of thing. Every time we get bad news about the D.A. [District Attorney], and hear what they are trying to push for, whether it is 8 years or 10 years—all I can think of is my son when he was a little boy, and what a good person he is.

    The idea that he would be locked away for 8 years or 10 years—he is not a criminal. He’s not cut out for jail. My first thought when I found out was that someone would kill him in jail.

    It’s hard. He’s almost broken when I talk to him on the phone. He’s lost all hope. He doesn’t think he’s ever going to get out. He told me that if he gets out, “I’ll never take sunshine or grass for granted. I’ll never play video games again. If only I can be free again.”

    The boy’s been in prison since 14 February.

    Truly it’s the cops, the prosecutors, and the judges who should be in jail!

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  35. john francis lee says:

    Buried on page 33 is this : Dzhokhar Tsarnaev indicted on 45 counts in Boston Marathon bombing.

    Apparently it was Dzhokhar who ‘radicalized’ himself using the internet. No mention of CIA honcho Graham Fuller’s deep involvement with ‘radicalizing’ Chechen rebels, including Dzhokhar’s uncle Ruslan, who married Fuller’s daughter and operated the Congress of Chechen International Organization out of Fuller’s house when he was Fuller’s son in law.

    I have seen nothing other than the wsws.org report of the indictment.

    Are they going to get away with this? Fuller was the guy behind Iran-Contra. He wa on the ground floor with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan … the “Godfather of Al Qaeda”. He ‘retired’ from the CIA after Iran-Contra … the only way you retire from the CIA is feet-first … and then ran the Chechen Mujahideen.

    How can all of that be swept under the rug? The CIA is up to its neck in the Boston Bombing but the corrupt DOJ is going to try to ignore it.

    Are they going to get away with that? MT Wheel?

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  36. Laser the Liquidator says:

    If you ever want to know what Goldman Sachs is settling the NY Sup Ct ebc1 case (Under SEAL) – and Romney was a “retroactive” CEO…

    please feel free to contact me…

    Scott Bloch knew all of this stuff too
    (It was in the file he received and destroyed)

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  37. Tim Breaux says:

    Hi,

    You wrote a post a while ago about the US-Saudi Technical Cooperation Agreement…did you ever get a copy of the new one? From all the articles in the newspapers it seems like the CIA drones and Special Operations are pare of the new program. Maybe that’s why the State Department won’t post the new copy?
    Tim

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  38. This Hour And The Next says:

    Be careful all … someone could be watching and listening in your home in your daily function of living… preparing meals, washing dishes, doing laundry, bathing, personal care, during sexual intercourse, ect; and of course there are all kinds of games being played by telephone communication, through the mail, or even in your automobile. We are being watched as we shop. You may be ‘tracked’ and under surveillance and not have a clue to it – There are people who have this kind of technology are using it to ad nauseum. They are socially inept and are perverts, sociopathic and psychopathic deviants.

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  39. JoeP says:

    Marcy & colleagues,

    Would you please consider a brief/modest post reminding the world about CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou, who is rotting away inside FCI Loretto in Pennsylvania?

    At the very least a reminder of who he is and perhaps a link to/excerpt from his “Letters from Loretto” + his address (if even a small % of your readers were to send John a card or even just a “Stay Strong!” message scrawled on a single-page of college-ruled notepaper, I’ve no doubt that would be a great boost to his morale!!

    John entered the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Loretto, Pennsylvania on February 28, 2013.

    He can be reached at: John Kiriakou 79637-083, Federal Correctional Institution, Loretto, P.O. Box 1000, Loretto, PA 15940. [PLEASE note: the writer’s name + return address MUST be clearly printed on the envelope for an inmate to actually receive the mail! So be sure to include a return address!!]

    He is permitted to receive mail from anyone, and soft cover books and magazines only from individuals. Hard cover books may be received directly from a publisher, a bookstore or Amazon.com.

    John endeavours to answer every piece of mail he receives from the Outside World℠ and genuinely appreciates hearing from folks.

    I’m sure you and your colleagues have a lot “on your plate(s)” but I respectfully and humbly ask you to make even a brief posting on John, especially as we’re coming up on the one-year anniversary of his incarceration (and he’s depressingly served this year inside a proper federal prison “gladiator academy” w/ “hardened” criminals rather than in the “work camp” white-collar Club Fed to which he was originally ‘sentenced’).

    (“CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou: Prison Broke Promise of Nine Months in Halfway House, Will Resume Letters” – http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2014/01/06/cia-whistleblower-prison-broke-promise-of-nine-months-in-halfway-house-will-resume-letters/)

    Thanks.

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  40. James Oberly says:

    Hello, Marcy: Can you register me, please, as a commenter on Emptywheel posts? Neither your old nor new system recognizes my username as ‘joberly’ Thanks…

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  41. TomVet says:

    Hi Marcy,
    I just spotted this on Stars and Stripes and it scares me to no end.
    Wanted: Cyberwarriors, no experience or knowledge necessary

    It seems they’re looking to build a force of trained monkeys/cyborgs/robots to run their cutely codenamed programs for them because they can’t afford real techies from Silicon Valley who are too expensive. Not to mention that the real techies might have some ethical considerations the DoD is not fond of.

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  42. byron greene says:

    i was poison and my home was illegally wire tap. i have evidence of this, made allegations to NCIS now i have find out i am the one being investigated.

    Look at youtube under (navy poison)

    Please help Byron

    To whom it may concern:

    This is what happens when a member of the military comes forward and reports a sexual assault.
    I have contacted federal agencies and been informed NCIS has jurisdiction over this case, what does any citizen to do when a federal agency does not investigate the allegations. The strong arm tactics of the agent in charge to drop this case, no been able to file a complaint against any of the agents through the NCIS IA department, the agent in charge telling me I am not allowed to talk to a Federal Prosecutor. The U.S Navy investigating their own and not showing any attempt to investigate this case is where I find myself.

    I contacted agent Ryan Heflan (732) 866-2235 gave him the detail of my case in Nov/Dec of 2011, I have spoke via phone about six or seven times with him throughout the year 2012. Beginning of 2013 Agent Dart Kelly (732) 866-2166 took over, he needed everything in writing regarding the case in question, which I did about Jan 2013. I got in contact with Agent Kerry Nelson (571) 305-9787 (Internal Affairs) Oct /Nov of 2012 to file a complaint against Agent Heflan and after Agent Kelly took over I attempted to file a complaint against him to, with no success. Agent Nelson did not allowed me to file a complaint against the agents in question; I spoke to Agent Nelson about ten times 2012 through 2013 every time she informed me I needed to talk to the Agent in charge.

    To resolve this:

    The Justice Dept or the FBI need to get involve.

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  43. lefty665 says:

    BMAZ, Nice guidance the other day to anonymous about registering and using a consistent id. I trust you’re aware that some information on the registration screen is viewable from the main blog. For example: If there’s a web site listed it’s a hot link off the user id. Ain’t exactly anonymous. Some of us don’t care so much, but it might be a surprise to others.

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  44. Me says:

    Hi Marcy, do you have a snail mail PO box address for those of us who don’t have e-mail and couldn’t figure out encryption anyway? Thanks, want to send you a short private message

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