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Citizens describe how their day lives have been disrupted as West Baltimore remains under police control, as per Baltimore Brew:

Two women walking down Franklin Street to get to their cars, parked blocks away because of the lockdown, complained that they had been harassed by officers.


“They know I live here. They’ve seen me come and go. But this one had to pat me down. He [the officer] went like this to my jacket, grabbing it,” said Shelly, 25, who asked that her last name not be used.


“They wanted to know where I had been. Why do I have to tell him that? It’s just me in my flip-flops trying to go to my own home.”


“We haven’t been able to get our mail for four days,” said the woman with her, Samantha, 50, who also asked not be identified. “Is the city going to pay the late fees on my bills?”


“It’s so sad what happened to the officer and I hope they catch whoever did it,” another woman said. “But this is really overboard. I’ve never seen anything like it.”



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Via StockBoardAsset.com,

A 23-year old man was killed Wednesday afternoon in a double shooting on Baltimore’s 1200 block of Greenmount Avenue topping the city’s 200th homicide. So far, 30 homicides have been reported for the month of July with the expectation of further acceleration into the latter summer months.

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  • Tamika Cobb and Kendra Richard work as Baltimore correctional officers
  • They were allegedly filmed looting from 7-Eleven store during April’s riots
  • Now, they have been charged with theft and burglary over video footage
  • They have also been suspended from their jobs without pay, police said
  • 7-Eleven was among several stores damaged and looted during the riots
  • Thousands of people took to streets to protest over Freddie Gray’s death
  • Cobb and Richard remain in custody; bail has been set at $35,000 each


They are responsible for the supervision of suspected and convicted criminals.

But these two correctional officers in Baltimore, Maryland, have been charged with theft and burglary.

Tamika Cobb and Kendra Richard, who work at Baltimore City jail, were allegedly captured on video looting from a convenience store during last month’s riots over the death of resident Freddie Gray.

On Wednesday, they were both suspended from their jobs without pay, according to a statement released online by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS).


Charged: Tamika Cobb (pictured), who works, at Baltimore City jail, was allegedly captured on video looting from a convenience store during last month's riots in Baltimore over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray

Charged: Tamika Cobb (pictured), who works, at Baltimore City jail, was allegedly captured on video looting from a convenience store during last month’s riots in Baltimore over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray

Beaming: On Wednesday, Cobb and her colleague, Kendra Richard (pictured), were charged with theft and burglary in relation to the alleged looting. They have both been suspended from their jobs without pay

Beaming: On Wednesday, Cobb and her colleague, Kendra Richard (pictured), were charged with theft and burglary in relation to the alleged looting. They have both been suspended from their jobs without pay.


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In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the winter of our discontent as neoliberal policies and relentless fraud by banks results in never-ending Baltimores. In the second half, Max interviews Satyajit Das, author of Extreme Money, about how this debt addicted world could go the way of the Mayans.

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A Baltimore mother is being hailed for doing her part to quell the violence after a video of her smacking her son upside the head when she spotted him rioting and throwing rocks at police emerged on Monday.

The unidentified mom recognized her son even though he was wearing a black ski mask that covered much of his face.

She spotted him on TV throwing rocks and went after him like a heat-seeking missile.

A Baltimore mother is being hailed as a hero after a video of her smacking her son upside the head emerged

The Maryland mom saw her son throwing rocks at police and then tracked him down on the street on Monday

Police Commissioner Anthony Batts mentioned the scene during a press conference shortly before midnight

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Baltimore church youth group leader charged in 1997 sexual abuse case

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TOWSON – The Baltimore County Police Department has filed charges against Raymond Fernandez, 49, of Perry Hall, in connection with the sexual abuse of two teens.

At the time the abuse occurred, Fernandez was a teacher and a youth group leader at Greater Grace Church on Moravia Park Drive.

The victim recently came forward to report that Fernandez had sexually abused him in 1997.

The victim reported that the suspect was a church youth group leader, and that the victim had been abused during youth group functions and at the suspect’s home.

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In the ten years following 9/11, the FBI and the Justice Department convicted more than 150 people following sting operations, though few had any connection to real terrorists.

Antonio Martinez was a punk. The twenty-two-year-old from Baltimore was chunky, with a wide nose and jet-black hair pulled back close to his scalp and tied into long braids that hung past his shoulders. He preferred to be called Muhammad Hussain, the name he gave himself following his conversion to Islam. But his mother still called him Tony, and she couldn’t understand her son’s burning desire to be the Maryland Mujahideen.

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Transit authorities in cities across the country are quietly installing microphone-enabled surveillance systems on public buses that would give them the ability to record and store private conversations, according to documents obtained by a news outlet.

The systems are being installed in San Francisco, Baltimore, and other cities with funding from the Department of Homeland Security in some cases, according to the Daily, which obtained copies of contracts, procurement requests, specs and other documents.

The use of the equipment raises serious questions about eavesdropping without a warrant, particularly since recordings of passengers could be obtained and used by law enforcement agencies.

It also raises questions about security, since the IP audio-video systems can be accessed remotely via a built-in web server (.pdf), and can be combined with GPS data to track the movement of buses and passengers throughout the city.

The RoadRecorder 7000 surveillance system being marketed for use on public buses consists of a high-definition IP camera and audio recording system that can be configured remotely via built-in web server.

According to the product pamphlet for the RoadRecorder 7000 system made by SafetyVision (.pdf), “Remote connectivity to the RoadRecorder 7000 NVR can be established via the Gigabit Ethernet port or the built-in 3G modem. A robust software ecosystem including LiveTrax vehicle tracking and video streaming service combined with SafetyNet central management system allows authorized users to check health status, create custom alerts, track vehicles, automate event downloads and much more.”

The systems use cables or WiFi to pair audio conversations with camera images in order to produce synchronous recordings. Audio and video can be monitored in real-time, but are also stored onboard in blackbox-like devices, generally for 30 days, for later retrieval. Four to six cameras with mics are generally installed throughout a bus, including one near the driver and one on the exterior of the bus.

Cities that have installed the systems or have taken steps to procure them include San Francisco, California; Eugene, Oregon; Traverse City, Michigan; Columbus, Ohio; Baltimore Maryland; Hartford, Connecticut; and Athens, Georgia.

San Francisco transit authorities recently approved a $5.9 million contract to install an audio surveillance system on 357 buses and vintage trolley cars, paid for in full with a grant from DHS. The contract includes the option to expand the equipment to an additional 600 vehicles.

Concord, New Hampshire also used part of a $1.2 million economic stimulus grant to install its new video/audio surveillance system on buses, according to the Daily.

Transit officials say the systems will help improve the safety of passengers and drivers and resolve complaints from riders. But privacy and security expert Ashkan Soltani told the Daily that the audio could easily be coupled with facial recognition systems or audio recognition technology to identify passengers caught on the recordings.

In Eugene, Oregon, the Daily found, transit officials requested microphones that would be capable of “distilling clear conversations from the background noise of other voices, wind, traffic, windshields wipers and engines” and also wanted at least five audio channels spread across each bus that would be “paired with one or more camera images and recorded synchronously with the video for simultaneous playback.”

In 2009, transit officials in Baltimore, Maryland, backed down briefly from plans to install microphones in buses in that city after civil liberties groups complained that the systems would violate wiretapping laws and constitutional protections against illegal search and seizure. Transit authorities then asked the state’s attorney general to weigh-in on whether the systems violated wiretapping laws. After the attorney general indicated that signs warning passengers of the surveillance would help combat any legal challenges, transit officials pressed forward with their plans last month and announced the installation of an audio recording system on 10 public buses. The city plans to roll out the system on at least 340 additional buses.




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English: MTA Maryland MCI D4500CTH #176C.

English: MTA Maryland MCI D4500CTH #176C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

City buses in Baltimore will begin recording the conversations of bus drivers and passengers this week in a security move that has upset privacy advocates and some Maryland lawmakers, the Baltimore Sun reports.

The first 10 buses will be expanded to 340 by next summer as a result of a decision by the Maryland Transit Administration.

The MTA says the move is aimed at helping investigate crimes, accidents and poor customer service, according to the Sun.

The conversations will be recorded by a locked “black box” that can store up to 30 days of audio and video information. It could be opened in the event of an accident, an incident involving a passenger or a complaint against a driver, the newspaper says.

The buses will be also marked with signs to alert passengers to the open mics.

David Rocah, a staff attorney with the Maryland chapter of the ACLU, says he is “flabbergasted” by the MTA’s decision, saying having a conversation recorded should not be a condition for riding a public bus.

The administrative ruling came despite the failure of the Maryland Legislature in three sessions to put forth bills specifically authorizing such surveillance.

But Del. Melvin Stukes, one of the bill’s sponsors and an MTA customer service investigator, says such legislation is aimed at eliminating bad language that often leads to violence.

“This is not your bathroom. This is not your bedroom,” he says. “… I’m just trying to clean up problems (and) provide a more congenial, more cordial ride.”

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A Reno, Nev., man arrested at Denver International Airport on Saturday for allegedly masturbating while viewing Internet pornography during a flight from Baltimore is a former Roman Catholic priest.

According to a news account 10 years ago, Daniel Michael Drinan was the first priest suspended in an incident involving a minor after the Roman Catholic priest sex- abuse scandal.

A spokesman for the Claretians order in Chicago confirmed Drinan, 63, is a former priest whose last assignment was at the Ridge House, a substance-abuse treatment center for parolees. Records indicate Drinan left the program in April, but the church spokesman would not elaborate.

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‘School administrators in Baltimore, Maryland, have spent $500,000 in the last year and a half to party hearty on the taxpayers’ dime, according to a recent report in the Baltimore Sun entitled “City school credit, procurement cards show culture of spending.” They even spread the wealth at such noted educational establishments as Hooters.

Even more surprising, the Sun reported, school officials defend most of the spending, which includes expensive gifts, lunches, and dinners for employees. Still, some officials did admit that dropping nearly $300 in a “breastaurant” didn’t look good for the schools.

Read more: Baltimore School Administrators Party Hearty on Taxpayers’ Dime


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LIBOR – Insider Trading on a Massive Scale
Stephany Griffith-Jones: Major banks fixed interest rates to make short term profits and look stronger than they were  2 hours ago
Bill Black Reports: LIBOR and HSBC
Bill Black, author of “The Best Way To Rob a Bank is to Own One” begins a regular TRNN feature reporting on financial news  July 25, 2012
Interest Rate-Fixing Scandal Swindles Baltimore, Other Municipalities out of Millions of Dollars
Amidst the financial crisis of 2008 and resultant recession, cities and states around the country lost millions of dollars on investments tied to the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor).  July 19, 12
Will Obama Admin. Prosecute the Big Banks for LIBOR Manipulation?
Michael Greenberger: With Wall St.’s embace of Romney, Obama has nothing to lose prosecuting the big banks for the LIBOR fraud  July 16, 12
Baltimore, Big Banks and a Criminal Conspiracy
Bill Black: The LIBOR fraud stole millions upon millions from American cities and people around the world

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The New Yorker features a lengthy story on NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake who is scheduled to appear in court next month where he will face a ten-count indictment:

According to a ten-count indictment delivered against him in April, 2010, Drake violated the Espionage Act—the 1917 statute that was used to convict Aldrich Ames, the C.I.A. officer who, in the eighties and nineties, sold U.S. intelligence to the K.G.B., enabling the Kremlin to assassinate informants. In 2007, the indictment says, Drake willfully retained top-secret defense documents that he had sworn an oath to protect, sneaking them out of the intelligence agency’s headquarters, at Fort Meade, Maryland, and taking them home, for the purpose of “unauthorized disclosure.” The aim of this scheme, the indictment says, was to leak government secrets to an unnamed newspaper reporter, who is identifiable as Siobhan Gorman, of the Baltimore Sun. Gorman wrote a prize-winning series of articles for the Sun about financial waste, bureaucratic dysfunction, and dubious legal practices in N.S.A. counterterrorism programs


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‘Science fiction writers have often imagined a world where pop pill to cure or curb a range of ills. But, according to a new book The Compass Of Pleasure, that futuristic world may not be far off.

The book, by Johns Hopkins University neuroscientist David J. Linden, explores the search for drugs that may alter behaviour by working on the brain.’

Read more: Coming – Behavioral Modification Drugs Like ‘Liquid Trust’

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