A Victory for the American People

Rand Paul quote #7

Last night NSA scare tactics finally stopped working

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

There was drama in the Senate last night, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell struggled to extend a Patriot Act provision that supporters say allows the government to conduct mass surveillance of Americans’ calling records. (Opponents think the program is illegal regardless, but the legislative provision has become a focal point for the fight over the larger issue.) But his fellow Kentucky Republican senator, Rand Paul, led the charge to stop him. Wrote the Hill:

The battle between the two Kentucky Republicans spilled over on the Senate floor, with Paul using procedural tactics to force the chamber into an early Saturday vote. He then used his leverage to kill off McConnell’s repeated attempts to reauthorize the expiring National Security Agency (NSA) programs — first for two months, then for eight days, then for five, then three, then two.

It’s a tactic advocates of mass surveillance have used repeatedly in recent years:

  • They drag their feet on legislation to curtail NSA spying authority until the last possible minute.
  • They argue that it would be reckless to let old spying authority expire without an alternative to put in its place.
  • Terrified of appearing soft on terrorism, members of Congress have repeatedly extended current authority without changes.

But it didn’t work this time, and for good reason.

The NSA program the Senate was debating last night, which collects phone records of every American, was never authorized by Congress in the first place. At least that’s the view of the Second Circuit Appeals Court, which ruled the program was illegal earlier this month. While the secretive FISA court disagrees with the Second Circuit, the latter’s ruling has stiffened the spines of those who believe the program was illegal from the outset.

And two years after the phone records program was revealed by NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden, the program’s advocates still haven’t produced any convincing evidence that the program makes us safer.

There’s broad agreement that the government should have access to the calling records of suspected terrorists, of course. But there’s no reason to think it’s helpful to collect the calling records of millions of innocent Americans just in case one of them happens to be a terrorist. And in particular, there’s no reason to think that a few days or weeks without bulk collection of telephone records will lead to a rash of terrorist attacks. The US government still has a number of ways to get the calling records of terrorism suspects — these mechanisms just involve more court oversight.

Finally, after years of repeating this tactic, it’s become clear that it’s just that — a tactic. Mass surveillance advocates are going to use it over and over to keep current law in place indefinitely. Only by saying no to short-term extensions and being willing to actually let the program lapse will reformers have the leverage to insist on serious reforms of the spying agency.

http://www.vox.com/2015/5/23/8648463/nsa-scare-tactics

Opportunistic Donation Responsible for Lack of Investigation in Deputies Sex Abuse Case?

On October 28, 2014, Sheriff David Morgan presented a check to Gulf Coast Kids House for $50,000. This philanthropic gesture is posted on the ECSO’s Facebook page below.

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The caption with the picture reads as follows: Joining Sheriff Morgan this afternoon were Pam Schwartz, Gulf Coast Kids House Board Chair, Debbie Ritchie and Stan Connally, Co-chairs of Captial Expansion for the Gulf Coast Kids House Board of Directors, and Stacey Kostevicki, Executive Director.

There is a short description of where the funds came from out of the Honorable Sheriff’s budget:

The donation are provided by The State Law Enforcement Trust funds. Under the auspices of Florida Statute, Chapter 932.701-706, “Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act,” law enforcement agencies may seize and forfeit any contraband that have been used in the commissions of felonies to be used in the community.

A couple of local articles thank local felons for this generous donations, which is a very noble way to think of such a donation. In researching the above mentioned, “Law Enforcement Trust” (LET) fund, after perusing the generous donations the Sheriff’s office likes to dole out to private charities in the area, this donation is conspicuously larger than the last 3 years donations to any other organization.

The 2 years prior, in particular, Sheriff Morgan donated a mere $500 each year. What drives such a sizable donation in the first 3 weeks of his fiscal year? This single donation is roughly 20% of his beginning budget in the LET fund of $250,000. The largest other donation in recent years was $15,000 to the National Flight Academy in March, 2014.

Keeping this in mind, the Pensacola News Journal broke the story on March 9, 2015 about Leah & Doug Manning being wanted as well as the arrests of Senior Deputy Mark Smith & Deputy Walter Thomas.  The PNJ states:

In late September or early October of 2014, Thomas allegedly visited spouses Leah and Douglas Manning. A victim allegedly identified the Mannings as “swingers” who had multiple sexual partners.

The victim said that Leah Manning invited her into a bedroom where she engaged in sex acts with Thomas while Douglas Manning recorded the abuse with his cell phone, according to the report.

The victim also reported multiple instances of abuse while visiting Smith in the summer of 2014. The incidents were reported through a child abuse hotline in February. Following an investigation, Smith and Thomas were arrested Friday.”

Being Sheriff Morgan’s biggest fan and knowing that no further investigation was done to see if there were any more victims or offenders within his department while also knowing through a confidential source, who spoke with personnel from the State Attorney’s office at Gulf Coast Kids House, that was baffled to find a LACK of zealousness to push such an investigation, I have to wonder if Sheriff Morgan wrote the biggest check to the state mandated  child abuse advocacy agency in October, after the first complaints came in on Senior Deputy Smith, was this incentive money to keep the ECSO secrets?

This is purely speculation but looking into the timing of this phenomenal check and the investigation into the ECSO for sex offenders who wear badges, seems less than coincidental.

What do you think? Could this be the dirtiest secret in Escambia County?

Political Retaliation, Pensacola Style

 Doug Underhill

Doug Underhill

 In an unsurprisingly ostentatious manner, Doug Underhill, once again, starts slinging mud in retaliation to a civil suit filed April 10, 2015 against him for libel and slander. Mr. Underhill’s actions in this case, subverting the proper channels for the campaign violation that has been alleged against Gene Valentino’s campaigner, is paramount to being the little kid that tattles when his feelings get hurt. Only in Mr. Underhill’s case, his political subterfuge with the State Attorney’s office is the vehicle to exact his public retribution.

Seems fitting....

Seems fitting….

For a single misdemeanor offense, the public ridicule Mr. Marcille and Mr. Underhill doled out to an autistic campaign worker with 9 kids, is political bullying at its basest level. Normally, not only would this sort of thing NOT be in the news, it would not be tolerated by officials with a moral compass. Doug Underhill is like that bad ass, spoiled kid in the supermarket who isn’t getting his way, laying out in the floor for attention.

Pat yourself on the back now, Dougie; your stupid is showing.

@@The Fall of the House of Morgan@@

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Equal in the eyes in the law, right?

Given enough time and rope, the Honorable Sheriff Morgan has finally done it. The high & mighty Morgan’s cell phone number was in Leah Manning’s phone. Now one might say that is innocent; however, I would argue you only cover something up that needs to be covered. Subsequently the investigation into other victims or offenders was “wrapped up” over a weekend. Mr. Morgan knew his name was eminently going to be revealed.

Sources within the ECSO reported that the Pensacola Police Dept pulled the raw data off the laptop and phone. Presumably establishing a checks & balance system, the raw data was turned over to ECSO to match up names to images and cell phone numbers with people.  However,  Sheriff Morgan has more enemies than friends.  There were some hold backs on that data– just in case something came out of it. Pensacola PD officers held copies of all the info. Yes, Sir David has annihilated himself  and surely his career.  This information is not disseminated lightly. In the ECSO source after source, could confirm that this is common knowledge. No one will publicly come forward, because Morgan has a reputation of retaliation and as he said, “if there are any leaks, it will be a death sentence in that you will wish you were dead when I get done with you.”

I have faith that the fellow officers in the Pensacola PD will bring forth their proof or possibly some from the ECSO.

Furthermore Attorney General Pam Bondi has been contacted to investigate Mr. Morgan’s “public records policy”.  The following 2 emails were for the same public records. Unmistakably I was required to  pay $7,000+ for emails between he & David Craig in 2009. In the same breath, Beth Mederios, Public Records Officer,  claimed to another request by a third party —for the same public records—that there are “NO SUCH RECORDS”. Which is it Sir David? EXTORTION OR FRAUD?

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