(TSG) A Department of Defense contractor was arrested yesterday morning after a military policeman spotted him masturbating to child pornography inside a car parked at a Colorado Army base.
According to a criminal complaint, Francis Calar, 53, was pleasuring himself inside a Ford sedan at 10:30 AM when a military cop approached the vehicle. Calar, seen at right, initially did not notice the officer since he was “intently focused on an image on the screen of his laptop computer.”
As described in a criminal complaint sworn by FBI Agent Andrew Stearns, Calar–a married father of two boys–was staring at a sexually explicit photo of a young girl. When he spotted the officer, Calar “quickly close his laptop and threw it on the passenger seat.” After the cop directed Calar to exit his car, he reportedly said, “Yes I know you seen what I was doing and what I was looking at.”
In subsequent interviews with law enforcement officials, Calar “advised that he has an active interest in child pornography,” and said that he often parks in the same Fort Carson lot so that he can access an unsecured Internet connection and “visit chat rooms and search for child pornography during breaks from work.” Calar’s Facebook page describes him as a “technical trainer” at Fort Carson.
Calar, Agent Stearns reported, was “adamant that his sexual interest in children is purely ‘fantasy.’” He told investigators that he is “active with children” and currently coaches girls volleyball and boys baseball. Additonally, Calar said that he has previously taught Sunday school at his church and recently resigned as the girls volleyball coach at Mesa Ridge High School in Colorado Springs.
Charged with possession of child pornography, Calar is scheduled this afternoon for an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Denver. If convicted of the felony count, he faces a minimum of five years in prison (and as much as 10 years in custody).
(BUSINESS INSIDER) An investigation by El Universal found that between the years 2000 and 2012, the U.S. government had an arrangement with Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed the organization to smuggle billions of dollars of drugs while Sinaloa provided information on rival cartels.
Sinaloa, led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, supplies 80% of the drugs entering the Chicago area and has a presence in cities across the U.S.
But the El Universal investigation is the first to publish court documents that include corroborating testimony from a DEA agent and a Justice Department official.
(FEDERALJACK) After speaking at CPAC and Google about the very same idea, Senator Marco Rubio appeared on The Kudlow Report pushing for a “New American Century.” He is pushing certain policy, and law changes in order to help herald in this idea. During the interview Rubio vaguely speaks about changing the corporate tax code; A “regulatory budget”; Immigration reform that “allows us to bring in a work force”; Free trade agreements; The Keystone pipeline, and opening up more fracking sites in the country. After hearing his speech at CPAC, and seeing the video below one has to wonder if PNAC is back to writing policy papers for our “elected” officials to push as government policy.
Just in case the name PNAC, also known as The Project for a New American Century, doesn’t sound familiar to you allow me to introduce you to them. PNAC is a think-tank whose members include many of the core policy advisors for the Bush Administration. PNAC has become notorious for articulating the need for a “new Pearl Harbor” in its 2000 policy paper Rebuilding America’s Defenses.
In the document, they cite a potential problem with their plan. Referring to the goals of transforming U.S. and global power structure, the paper states that because of the American Public’s slant toward ideas of democracy and freedom:
“This process of transformation is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event, like a new Pearl Harbor.”
PNAC members and signators to its policy documents include: Dick Cheney; Donald Rumsfeld; Paul Wofowitz; Jeb Bush; Richard Perle; John Bolton; Scooter Libby; Elliot Abrams; Richard Armitage; William Bennet; William Kristol; and Zalmy Khalilzad. All men with their hands deep in the private defense, oil, and multinational corporate industries poised to make vast sums of money, and secure huge tracts of power / influence if this PNAC policy evolved into U.S. Government policy.
Nine months after they rose to power, and assumed central positions of leadership all over the spectrum of military, civilian, domestic, and international agencies, they got their “New Pearl Harbor” in the form of September 11th 2001. PNAC policy evolved into the Bush Administration’s official agenda, and the rest is history.
It looks like they, the powers that shouldn’t be, have their new generations of faux “conservative” sell outs in public office to push their agendas with a different face. Unfortunately until people wake up and realize that no government or politician can solve their problems, only they can, they will still fall prey to politicians pandering to either side of the left / right lie.
(FEDERALJACK) To assert their independence and sovereignty from the US federal government, whom they claim keeps them impoverished, the Lakota nation has launched MazaCoin, a cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, as its official currency.
(PAUL JOSEPH WATSON) Feminism is a top down tool of the establishment which is used to promote cultural Marxism, create thought criminals and police language.
(MILITARY TIMES) A federal appeals court on Thursday revived dozens of lawsuits by soldiers and others who claim they were harmed by improper waste disposal while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The lawsuits claim Houston-based contractors KBR and Halliburton Co. exposed soldiers to toxic emissions and contaminated water when they burned waste in open pits without proper safety controls. U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus in Maryland dismissed the lawsuits last year, ruling that the contractors could not be sued because they were essentially an extension of the military.
But a three-judge panel of the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in its unanimous decision that the contractors are protected only if they were following explicit instructions from the military. The court said Titus improperly tossed the case without sufficient evidence on that issue.
(MILITARY TIMES) Researchers at Stony Brook University in New York have coined the term “Iraq-Afghanistan war lung injury” to describe respiratory symptoms developed by some veterans — and they have duplicated the problem in mice, using dust from Camp Victory in Baghdad.
In an article published Friday in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, researchers including Dr. Anthony Szema, an allergist and assistant professor of medicine at Stony Brook, found that exposing mice to dust collected from Camp Victory in 2007 produced inflammation and changes to respiratory airways similar to those found in Iraq veterans diagnosed with constrictive bronchiolitis.
The mice lungs contained “angular, sharp and solid” particles with traces of titanium and iron, according to the study.
Replicating the experiment with dust from other locations, including the San Joaquin Valley in California; Kandahar, Afghanistan; and a titanium mine in Montana, the researchers could not produce the same inflammatory response.
(MILITARY TIMES) Debt collection is emerging as a big issue for service members and veterans, according to data released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on March 6.
Since the agency began accepting complaints in some categories last July, roughly 3,800 complaints specifically about debt collection have been received from military consumers — service members, veterans and their families. A breakout of how many complaints came from active-duty members and their families was not available.
Over the same period, the bureau has received 14,100 complaints from consumers in the military community, and has helped them recover more than $1 million.
The complaint volume rose by 148 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to the bureau.
Debt collection has quickly become the highest-volume complaint category for military consumers. Those complaints are about to overtake mortgage complaints as the largest category in terms of cumulative volume.
Since the bureau began accepting complaints about mortgages in December 2011, about 4,700 such complaints have been received from the military community. The 3,800 debt collection complaints have been racked up in just seven months.
“The sheer volume of debt collection complaints alone makes this an important complaint category [for the CFPB’s Office of Servicemember Affairs],” wrote Holly Petraeus, assistant director for that office, in an introduction to the CFPB report. “Beyond the number, however, I have heard in my many visits to military installations across the country about aggressive and deceptive tactics by debt collectors specifically targeting members of the military.”
Tactics to coerce payment often involve contacting the service member’s chain of command, threatening punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, threatening to have a service member reduced in rank or threatening to have the service member’s security clearance revoked, she wrote.
Many of the complaints are not related to monetary relief; the office also has helped military consumers with such problems as correcting credit report errors or opening or closing a bank account.
In addition to the 3,800 debt collection complaints and 4,700 mortgage complaints from July 21, 2011, through Feb. 1, 2014, CFPB also has received from military consumers:
■1,700 credit card complaints.
■1,500 bank account and services complaints.
■1,200 credit reporting complaints.
■600 consumer loan complaints.
■400 private student loan complaints.
■100 payday loan complaints.
■50 money transfer complaints.
(COUNTER CURRENT NEWS) A report by Jeremy Scahill in The Nation revealed that the largest mercenary army in the world, Blackwater (later called Xe Services and more recently “Academi”) clandestine intelligence services was sold to the multinational Monsanto. Blackwater was renamed in 2009 after becoming famous in the world with numerous reports of abuses in Iraq, including massacres of civilians. It remains the largest private contractor of the U.S. Department of State “security services,” that practices state terrorism by giving the government the opportunity to deny it.
Many military and former CIA officers work for Blackwater or related companies created to divert attention from their bad reputation and make more profit selling their nefarious services-ranging from information and intelligence to infiltration, political lobbying and paramilitary training – for other governments, banks and multinational corporations. According to Scahill, business with multinationals, like Monsanto, Chevron, and financial giants such as Barclays and Deutsche Bank, are channeled through two companies owned by Erik Prince, owner of Blackwater: Total Intelligence Solutions and Terrorism Research Center. These officers and directors share Blackwater.
One of them, Cofer Black, known for his brutality as one of the directors of the CIA, was the one who made contact with Monsanto in 2008 as director of Total Intelligence, entering into the contract with the company to spy on and infiltrate organizations of animal rights activists, anti-GM and other dirty activities of the biotech giant.
Contacted by Scahill, the Monsanto executive Kevin Wilson declined to comment, but later confirmed to The Nation that they had hired Total Intelligence in 2008 and 2009, according to Monsanto only to keep track of “public disclosure” of its opponents. He also said that Total Intelligence was a “totally separate entity from Blackwater.”
However, Scahill has copies of emails from Cofer Black after the meeting with Wilson for Monsanto, where he explains to other former CIA agents, using their Blackwater e-mails, that the discussion with Wilson was that Total Intelligence had become “Monsanto’s intelligence arm,” spying on activists and other actions, including “our people to legally integrate these groups.” Total Intelligence Monsanto paid $ 127,000 in 2008 and $ 105,000 in 2009.
No wonder that a company engaged in the “science of death” as Monsanto, which has been dedicated from the outset to produce toxic poisons spilling from Agent Orange to PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), pesticides, hormones and genetically modified seeds, is associated with another company of thugs.