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Cop commits suicide, stages death to look like he was killed in the line of duty

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Fox Lake Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz is pictured in this undated handout photo provided by Lake County Sheriff's Office in Illinois, September 1, 2015.
The northern Illinois policeman, who was thought to be killed in the line of duty in early September, actually committed a "carefully staged suicide," US authorities now say. Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was found fatally injured on September 1 after he reported he was pursuing three suspects on foot in northwest of Chicago. Officials, who then called Gliniewicz a hero, said on Wednesday that "overwhelming amount of evidence" suggests the officer staged his death to cover years of financial embezzlement.
"This staged suicide was the end result of extensive criminal acts that Gliniewicz had been committing," said George Filenko, Lake County Major Crimes Task Force commander.
Gliniewicz used police department money to buy personal items, stealing and laundering money over seven years, Filenko added. He said the 52-year-old officer was shot twice with his own weapon, one bullet hit the right side of the front of his protective vest, and the other struck him in the upper left chest, which apparently killed him.

Hundreds of local, state and federal law enforcement officers searched around Fox Lake, about 60 miles (100 km) north of Chicago and near the Wisconsin border after Gliniewicz's death. And the Federal Aviation Administration even established a no-fly zone over the search area.

Comment: Is this becoming a trend? Just yesterday, Sott.net carried another article that described an Arkansas officer who shot himself and tried to blame it on a suspect who didn't exist.


Male-on-male rape in military may be as much as 15 times higher than reported by Pentagon

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Far more military men are being raped by other men and experience other sexual traumas than is reported by the Pentagon because of the stigma attached to such assaults, says a new study released Tuesday by the American Psychological Association.

"Rates of military sexual trauma among men who served in the military may be as much as 15 times higher than has been previously reported, largely because of barriers associated with stigma, beliefs in myths about male rape, and feelings of helplessness," the APA said in releasing findings published in its periodical Psychological Services.

If the survey of male combat veterans is accurate, it could mean the U.S. armed forces are dealing with an epidemic of male-on-male sex crimes. Comparing the new study's numbers and the Pentagon's survey results produced some shocking statistics. The Rand Corp., which conducted the most recent Pentagon sexual assault survey in 2014, found that about 12,000 men reported being assaulted. Sexual assault in the military is defined as unwanted sexual contact, including rape and other assaults or the attempt to commit those acts.

Of the 12,000 male victims, 3,850 reported "penetrative" attacks — meaning they were raped. Extrapolating the study's estimates of up to 15 times greater than the Pentagon's count, it would mean that as many as 180,000 men are assaulted in one year and, of those, 57,750 are "penetrative" attacks. The scholarly survey refers to "male sexual trauma," which translated to this survey question response: "I was sexually assaulted while serving in the military."

Comment: Given the US Armed Forces' destructive behavior abroad, it likely attracts its share of psychopathic individuals. These predators do not have a sexual orientation in the normal sense of the term since they have no capacity for love or true human bonding. Hervey Cleckley's work, The Caricature of Love, presents a picture of the male psychopath's drive for dominance over others, particularly over other males. As such, it would not be surprising that the US military is mired with sexual predation of this type.


Around the country cops quietly begin rebelling against the drug war

It is a rare occurrence when police officers in America organize to undermine the very Drug War they vociferously fight for politicians. Police Chief Leonard Campanello of the Gloucester, Massachusetts Police Department, however, did just that earlier this year when he decided to treat — not arrest — heroin addicts who came to his department seeking help. His revolutionary "ANGEL" program has proven successful for addicts and their families in Gloucester, but it has also inspired other departments across the country to adopt similar programs amid growing officer fatigue over the ineffectual arrest and incarceration of addicts.

Comment: Failed war on drugs: Doctors create more heroin addicts than street dealers


Forbes ranks Putin as World's most powerful person third year in a row

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The influential American magazine Forbes prepared a new list of the most influential people of 2015.

Russian President Vladimir Putin became the most influential man of the year for the third time, followed by German Chancellor Angel Merkel and US President Barack Obama.

"Putin continues to prove he's one of the few men in the world powerful enough to do what he wants and get away with it," the magazine wrote.

Comment: Forbes doesn't give much of an endorsement here, colored as it is with Western propaganda. It completely distorts reality. If the common people were to generate a list, it would be far different.

Forbes: Putin most powerful person on Earth (2nd yr running)
Forbes ranks Putin world's most powerful person, downs Obama

Quenelle - Golden

'Assaulting' an off-duty cop and fortifying your home security are felonies in Oklahoma

Two short-tempered men run into each other in a bar in Enid, Oklahoma. The combustible mixture of alcohol and ego produces the predictable reaction - a brief, stupid, and inconclusive fight in which neither side is seriously injured. When police officers arrive on the scene, onlookers expect that both parties to the altercation will be hauled away in handcuffs.

However, after one of them produces a police credential, he is allowed to handcuff the other and place him under arrest for a felonious assault on an off-duty law enforcement officer. It doesn't matter that the individual making the arrest might have been the same one who started the fight.

This scenario is made entirely plausible by a newly enacted Oklahoma statute that makes any "assault" on an off-duty law enforcement officer a felony — and it is standard practice to treat nearly any physical contact with an officer as an "assault." The law, which passed the legislature unanimously (always a bad sign), went into effect on November 1. In effect, this measure extends the cloak of "qualified immunity" to cover every aspect of a law enforcement officer's life.

Comment: Surely this legislation will soon be adopted by other states. It's just that good.

Evil Rays

Active shooter with "high-powered rifle" in standoff with police who report a "couple of bodies" in area where shooter has barricaded himself

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An active shooter with a high-powered rifle has pinned down police with gunfire outside a San Diego, California apartment building. A SWAT team is on the scene. There may be a "couple of bodies," according to the police dispatch feed.

The shooter has barricaded himself in a bedroom in a sixth-floor apartment. There is no one else in the unit, his girlfriend told police. Police are asking residents near the Brant Street in the Bankers Hill neighborhood to remain inside, away from windows until further notice.


5 people stabbed at UC Merced, attacker killed

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University of California Merced campus has cancelled all classes after an attacker stabbed five students at the Classroom and Office Building Wednesday morning.

Two victims have been flown to hospitals for treatment, while three have been treated at the scene, the university said.

Initial reports said the suspect was apprehended. Police later said they had shot and killed the attacker, describing him as a "male student in his 20s," according to the Merced Sun-Star.


It's for your own good: New Haven cops steal residents' belongings to protect them from being stolen

In a ridiculous move, ostensibly designed to protect citizens from theft, the New Haven police department has begun stealing things from innocent individuals.

Yes, you read that correctly.

The New Haven police department announced its plans this week to start stealing things from unsuspecting residents who leave their doors unlocked. If you are missing your valuables, it may not have been taken by a private thief, it could have been stolen by a public thief.

According to Lt. Herbert Sharp of the NHPD, police are now taking private property from unlocked cars and bringing it to the station. This, of course, is done so to "deter theft."

Sharp assures the public that when his officers are opening the door to your property and removing your belongings, with no search warrant and no probable cause, that this is 100 percent legal. "It's called a caretaker," explains Sharp.

Comment: The paternalistic smarmy-ness of these cops is mind-blowing. Care taking? Teaching residents a lesson? Why don't cops just admit they like stealing people's stuff, and be done with it.

Bad Guys

Why governments are no better than street gangs

At some point, you may have heard someone call the government a "gang of thieves writ large," which is a generalization of a quote attributed to libertarian thinker Murray Rothbard. However, if you're not familiar with the philosophy behind that quote, you might mistakenly believe that it is nothing more than a clever observation on the wasteful and corrupt nature of government. That's because you may not be aware of the meaning of "writ large." It's synonymous with "clearly" or "obviously." In reality, Rothbard wasn't trying to make a clever statement. He was quite literally calling the government a gang.

Most people would have trouble wrapping their minds around that notion. Clearly there are differences between governments and gangs right? Agents of the state don't lie, extort money, murder rivals, train and initiate uniformed enforcers, go to war with their neighbors, protect the integrity of their borders, enforce protection rackets, or conduct any other activities that aren't permitted in their legal codes.


Investigators say engine explosion was cause of Flight A321 crash after analyzing flight recorder

© Press-service of Russian Emergency Situations Ministry
An engine explosion has been identified as a main lead in the investigation into the cause of the crash of a Russian passenger plane in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, following preliminary analysis of the aircraft's black box recorders, local media reported on Wednesday.

According to the Egyptian Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper, citing a source close to the investigation, the probable cause was initially suggested by experts working at the crash site in their analysis of plane debris.

On Saturday, an Airbus A321 passenger jet crashed en route from Sharm El-Sheikh to St. Petersburg killing all 224 people on board. The event is the worst civil aviation disaster in Russian history.

Preparation of a report based on data recovered from the crashed Russian Kogalymavia A321's flight data recorders will take from between one and four weeks, a spokesman for the Egyptian government said Tuesday.

Comment: This story begs the questions: What caused the engine to explode? Would an exploding engine account for the incredibly rapid descent and the almost complete disintegration of the plane?