#gamergate and the men who threaten women with rape – cowards!

THERE IS ZERO DIFFERENCE B/T THESE CRAZY MEN AND THEIR CRAZY MUSLIM COUNTERPARTS IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD. TWO EXTREMES ONLY CREATE A KABOOM!

Threats against Anita Sarkeesian have shined a spotlight on a harassment campaign against female game developers and critics. CreditJim Wilson/The New York Times

Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist cultural critic, has for months received death and rape threats from opponents of her recent work challenging the stereotypes of women in video games. Bomb threats for her public talks are now routine. One detractor created a game in which players can click their mouse to punch an image of her face.

Not until Tuesday, though, did Ms. Sarkeesian feel compelled to cancel a speech, planned at Utah State University. The day before, members of the university administration received an email warning that a shooting massacre would be carried out at the event. And under Utah law, she was told, the campus police could not prevent people with weapons from entering her talk.

“This will be the deadliest school shooting in American history, and I’m giving you a chance to stop it,” said the email, which bore the moniker Marc Lépine, the name of a man who killed 14 women in a mass shooting in Montreal in 1989 before taking his own life.

The threats against Ms. Sarkeesian are the most noxious example of a weekslong campaign to discredit or intimidate outspoken critics of the male-dominated gaming industry and its culture. The instigators of the campaign are allied with a broader movement that has rallied around the Twitter hashtag #GamerGate, a term adopted by those who see ethical problems among game journalists and political correctness in their coverage. The more extreme threats, though, seem to be the work of a much smaller faction and aimed at women. Major game companies have so far mostly tried to steer clear of the vitriol, leading to calls for them to intervene.

Have You Experienced Sexism in the Gaming Industry?

The New York Times would like to hear how sexism and gender issues have affected your experience with gaming.

While the online attacks on women have intensified in the last few months, the dynamics behind the harassment go back much further. They arise from larger changes in the video game business that have redefined the audience for its products, expanding it well beyond the traditional young, male demographic. They also reflect the central role games play in the identity of many fans.

“That sense of being marginalized by the rest of society, and that sense of triumph when you’re recognized,” said Raph Koster, a veteran game developer. “Gamers have had that for quite a while.”

Mr. Koster has experienced the fury that has long lurked in parts of the game community. In the late 1990s, when he was the lead designer for Ultima Online, a pioneering multiplayer web-based game, he received anonymous hate messages for making seemingly small changes in the game.

After an electrical fire at his house, someone posted a note on Mr. Koster’s personal website saying he wished the game designer had died in the blaze.

The malice directed recently at women, though, is more intense, invigorated by the anonymity of social media and bulletin boards where groups go to cheer each other on and hatch plans for action. The atmosphere has become so toxic, say female game critics and developers, that they are calling on big companies in the $70-billion-a-year video game business to break their silence.

“Game studios, developers and major publishers need to vocally speak up against the harassment of women and say this behavior is unacceptable,” Ms. Sarkeesian said in an interview.

Representatives for several major game publishers — Electronic Arts, Activision Blizzard and Take-Two Interactive Software — declined to comment.

“Threats of violence and harassment are wrong,” the Entertainment Software Association, the main lobbying group for big game companies, said in a statement. “They have to stop. There is no place in the video game community — or our society — for personal attacks and threats.”

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A YouTube video series created by Ms. Sarkeesian that examines gender issues has led to death and rape threats against her.

On Wednesday, as word of the latest threat against Ms. Sarkeesian circulated online, the hashtag #StopGamerGate2014 became a trending topic on Twitter. The term #GamerGate was popularized on the social media service over the past two months after an actor, Adam Baldwin, used it to describe what he and others viewed as corruption among journalists who cover the game industry. People using the term have been criticizing popular game sites for running articles and opinion columns sympathetic to feminist critics of the industry, denouncing them as “social justice warriors.”

In a phone interview, Mr. Baldwin, who said he was not an avid gamer himself but has done voice work for the popular Halo games and others, said he did not condone the harassment of Mr. Sarkeesian and others.

“GamerGate distances itself by saying, ‘This is not what we’re about,’ ” said Mr. Baldwin. “We’re about ethics in journalism.”

While harassment of Ms. Sarkeesian and other women in the video game business has been an issue for years, it intensified in August when the former boyfriend of an independent game developer, Zoe Quinn, wrote a rambling online essay, accusing her of having a relationship with a video game journalist.

That essay, in turn, fueled threats of violence against Ms. Quinn, who had designed an unconventional game about depression, and gave fodder to those suspicious of media bias in the industry. The game review site Kotaku, which employed the journalist named in the accusation, said he had not written about her game. Ms. Quinn said that she had left her home and not returned because of harassment.

And last week an independent game developer in Boston, Brianna Wu, said she was driven from her home by threats of violence after she poked fun at supporters of #GamerGate on Twitter. “From the top down in the video game industry,” she said, “you have all these signals that say, ‘This is a space for men.’ ”

Gaming — or at least who plays video games — is quickly changing, though. According to the Electronic Software Association, 48 percent of game players in the United States are women, a figure that has grown as new opportunities to play games through mobile devices, social networks and other avenues have proliferated. Game developers, however, continue to be mostly male: In a survey conducted earlier this year by the International Game Developers Association, a nonprofit association for game developers, only 21 percent of respondents said they were female.

Still, game companies have made some progress in their depiction of women in games, said Kate Edwards, the executive director of the association, who works with companies to discourage them from employing racial and sexual stereotypes in their games. A game character she praises is the new version of Lara Croft, the heroine of the Tomb Raider series who once epitomized the exaggerated, busty stereotype of a female game protagonist. The new Lara Croft is more emotionally complex and modestly proportioned.

Ms. Edwards said changes in games and the audience around them have been difficult for some gamers to accept.

“The entire world around them has changed,” she said. “Whether they realize it or not, they’re no longer special in that way. Everyone is playing games.”

DEAR GLEN CAMPBELL – WE’RE GONNA MISS YOU! <3

HIS LAST AND NEWEST VIDEO SONG CAME OUT TODAY

I CRIED THROUGH IT

I LIKE GLEN CAMPBELL

HE WAS MY WITCHITA HERO

HE WAS MY TRUE GRIT

HE WAS A COUNTRY COONER

AND HE WAS LEGIT!

NEVER HAD TOO MANY PROBLEMS

LIVED IN THE FAST LANE

HIS MEMORY IS SLOWED

AND ALTZHEIMER’S IS KICKING IT AGAIN

YOU WILL BE MISSED MY FRIEND

UNTIL ALL OUR VERY ENDS

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IF THIS DOES NOT MAKE YOU BAWL OUT LOUD YOU HAVE NO HEART – I’M SITTING IN TEARS.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6J99mWFqMU   glen campbell goodbye

ILLEGAL HERE IN AMERICA DEPORTS HIMSELF TO SAVE MOTHER, SHE DIES & HE IS NOW BEING ALLOWED BACK INTO USA?

HE WAS BORN IN MEXICO

HE IS IN HARVARD (THE SCHOOL) FOR FILM -

ON WHO’S DIME?

PROB OURS

AND HE BROUGHT HIS MOM TO MEXICO TO CURE HER OF AN ILLNESS BUT SHE DIED IN MEXICO

AND THIS GUY WANTS TO COME HOME

AND OBAMA IS LETTING HIM

AND HE IS ILLEGAL.

KEEP HIM IN HIS HOME COUNTRY

THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS

HOW IS THIS ILLEGAL PIG IN HARVARD?

I FIND THIS ALL HORRIBLE

AND IF HIS MOTHER WAS DYING

WHY DIDN’T HE JUST LET HER DIE IN AMERICA?

I DON’T UNDERSTAND THIS AND I THINK HE NEEDS TO STAY IN MEXICO.

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THIS LOBO IS TAKING UP SPACE THAT ANOTHER AMERICAN COULD TAKE

WHO IS LEGAL

Harvard Student Who Took Dying Mother To Mexico Can Return To America

Posted: 10/14/2014 5:56 pm EDT Updated: 4 hours ago
DARIO GUERRERO

LOS REYES LA PAZ, Mexico (AP) — Only hours after the publication of an Associated Press story on his case Tuesday, the U.S. government issued a humanitarian visa enabling the return of a Harvard University student who broke immigration rules by taking his dying mother to Mexico.

Dario Guerrero was born in Mexico and moved with his family to California when he was 2. The Obama administration granted him and hundreds of thousands of other young immigrants a reprieve from deportation two years ago.

But these people can’t leave the U.S. without government approval. And Guerrero’s mother was dying of cancer.

 Desperate to save her, Guerrero took his mother to clinics in Mexico before getting that approval. She died there in August, and he’s been stuck since then. The government denied his initial request to return, saying he effectively deported himself by taking his mother across the border before the paperwork was done on his approval request.

Guerrero has been languishing since then at his grandparents’ home outside Mexico City, saying he’s hoping for another chance to return home to his family in California and complete his studies in Massachusetts.

Hours after the AP explained his story, he got his answer: In a two-page letter to his lawyer, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service said it has conditionally approved a 2-year parole for Guerrero, meaning he can return without fear of deportation.

“He should be back in America in a few days,” his attorney Alan Klein told the AP.

Since his mother died in August, the film studies major stayed with his grandparents in a gang-controlled suburb of Mexico City. His effort to get a exemption from the rules was a long shot: Last year, the agency approved only about a third of the humanitarian parole petitions it received.

Agency officials declined to discuss any details of Guerrero’s case because it is ongoing. However, spokesman Chris Bentley said earlier Tuesday that “immigration law is complex; anyone considering taking an immigration action needs to clearly understand the potential consequences of that action first.”

Guerrero told the AP that he had submitted two requests for fast-tracked permission to leave while his mother’s health declined at the family’s home in Long Beach, California, and was asked to more fully document his mother’s medical condition. He could have tried to plead his case in person, but he left instead before getting an answer.

“My mom had a lot of ups and downs,” he said. “The decision to actually leave was made overnight.”

Miami-based immigration attorney Ira Kurzban says it’s not infrequent for immigrants to lose their legal status by leaving the country without permission. It happens when they go on cruise ships – thinking they haven’t really left the U.S. – or take off due to a family emergency. Many discover only later that they can’t return, or are barred for entering for as much as 10 years.

“There’s no question (Guerrero) didn’t follow the rules. The question is what the penalty should be,” Kurzban said.

Any immigrants with pending cases need permission to go abroad, which is not difficult to get eventually, if their requests are deemed valid. But those who don’t wait for sometimes slow responses are considered to have voluntarily given up their effort to remain in the U.S.

Advocates say it should be easier for immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for many years to get permission to travel. Visas for skilled H-1B temporary workers already allow travel internationally without preapproval, and giving others this freedom would reduce heartbreak and add only minimal administrative work, Kurzban said.

But no such provisions were included in last year’s immigration reform bills, and they aren’t expected to be included in any executive action President Barack Obama might announce later this year. Kurzban thinks that’s because the issue affects a relatively small group, and there are so many other priorities.

When Rocio Meneses Diaz died Aug. 14 at the age of 41 in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato. Guerrero’s 16-year-old brother also was by her side. As a U.S.-born citizen, he is allowed to travel freely. Their father, a building contractor in the U.S. illegally, stayed behind with their 9-year-old sister, also a citizen.

Guerrero says he regrets his rash decision most of all because he thinks his mother would have been happier living her final days in Southern California with her husband and children, “but then we still had hope – and if we delayed that treatment any longer because of immigration issues, I don’t think I would have been able to forgive myself.”

Guerrero’s parents had kept his immigration status secret for years. They came clean only when he began taking community-college engineering classes while still in high school, and the Social Security number his parents submitted bounced back.

Before her death, Guerrero’s mom opened up about the past and her reasons for leaving Mexico: Her father had been kidnapped twice; her father-in-law and other relatives faced extortion; armed thieves broke into her clothing and jewelry store, holding a knife to her stomach.

Guerrero recorded her stories and her struggle with kidney cancer, hoping to turn it into a documentary back at school.

Instead, he has passed time in a room next to a garage just big enough to fit his twin bed and bureau. A picture of his mother and a single rose hang above the bed. His grandparents rent out the nearest bathroom during weekends for a pop-up street market. Guerrero sees his cousins after they get off work, and “writes poetry and stuff” at night.

Former Harvard lecturer Eoin Cannon, who taught history to Guerrero, was surprised to learn of his student’s predicament. Cannon described him as “one of the most thoughtful and creative and original students that I had the pleasure of teaching,” and “an exceptional writer.” Guerrero tackled homelessness in a student film, and later co-produced “A Dream Deferred,” a documentary about other immigrants like himself at Harvard.

“He’s as American as anyone I know,” Cannon said. “The law needs to sort of recognize that and have a mechanism for accounting for that … For the law not to be able to handle his kind of case is hurting America.”

Guerrero says it’s been liberating to have no term-paper deadlines to worry about, but the lack of a routine keeps him edgy. He watches his back when he ventures outside. Crime cartels have moved in, extorting neighborhood businesses. Weeks ago, a relative was mugged and shot in the stomach.

Harvard has been supportive, granting him leave and helping him find sympathetic ears in Washington, including Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat. But when asked what’s hardest about being stuck in Mexico, he loses his bravado and his voice drops to a whisper: “That I don’t have a mom anymore.”

 

EVEN NOTORIOUS PEDOPHILIAC PENN STATE DON’T WANT ANY SAYREVILLE NJ BOMBER SENIORS ON THEIR FOOTBALL TEAM

Apparently MYLES HARTSFIELD, senior at the NOTORIOUS SAYREVILLE, NJ has had his football scholarship pulled because he’s from that shit school who has 7 rapists on their team.

although he may have or not been involved he is NOT gonna get his scholarship even if he sues

which he probably will seeing that this feels like a railroading of sorts

but let’s face it – this school’s parents and students deserve this

7 of them hazed, bullied, and then raped freshmen football players

in their locker room over a series of days

and the SCHOOL knew about it.

The parents should be arrested along with their kids

This is only my opinion and while I don’t have a single kid

I pay plenty in Property Taxes so I expect a lot out of children in school

When I get back returns

I get pissy

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Some morons are saying that other schools are gonna line up to sign this corner back up

But I think they are dead WRONG

This guy has the Scarlet letter on his ass because he’s a part of that school, part of that team and a senior

He is more of a pariah  now than even

MICHAEL SAM

I think this kid should bone up on his academics cause he ain’t gonna go anywhere with football.

UNLESS HE WANTS TO PLAY THE PIGSKIN.

AND, YEAH, I DO MEAN THAT LITERALLY.

AND ON TOP OF ALL THIS THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS IN NJ IS THINKING OF CANCELLING BOMBER FOOTBALL FOREVER.

INSTEAD OF BEING MORTIFIED, SAYREVILLE, NJ PARENTS ARE PISSED OFF THAT THE REST OF THE TEAM HAS TO SUFFER?

IT’S TIME TO START PUTTING THESE TERRIBLE PEOPLE CALLED PARENTS IN JAIL. THEY ARE A DISGUSTING DISGRACE TO MY GENERATION AND THE GENERATION FOLLOWING – OUR CHILDREN.

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Sayreville’s Myles Hartsfield has scholarship pulled by Penn State, according to report

By Braulio Perez | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on October 13, 2014 11:40 a.m.

Sayreville’s Myles Hartsfield is no longer Penn State-bound.

Ryan Snyder, of Rivals’ BlueWhiteIllustrated.com, reported on Monday morning the Nittany Lions pulled Hartsfield’s scholarship offer. The 5-11, 180-poundercommitted to Penn State in June, choosing the Big Ten school over offers from Rutgers, Georgia Tech, Purdue, Wake Forest, West Virginia and several others.

On Friday night, moments before authorities announced seven juveniles were taken into custody on charges of juvenile delinquency arising from the attacks upon four victims in four separate incidents at Sayreville, police arrived at Hartsfield’s home.

The names of those taken into custody were not released.

On Saturday, Penn State assistant athletic director Jeff Nelson told NJ Advance Media that the school was going to continue to monitor the situation at Sayreville. The seven players were taken into custody two days after the daunting details were released by NJ Advanced Media of the hazing that took place in the Bombers locker room.

Hartsfield is a three-star prospect according to Rivals.com and the No. 13 prospect for the state of New Jersey. The senior was expected to play cornerback at Penn State beginning in 2015. As a junior last season, he recorded 44 tackles, seven pass break-ups and four interceptions (one returned for a touchdown). He also blocked three field goals.

Offensively, Hartsfield has starred at running back for the Bombers since he was a sophomore in 2012. Last season, he rushed for 1,586 yards and 24 touchdowns. In three games this season, Hartsfield had 582 total yards and 12 touchdowns.

“He’s a tremendous athlete with so many different skill-sets that he creates mismatches on both sides of the football,” Sayreville coach George Najjar told NJ.com’s Todderick Hunt before the start of the season. “I think his instincts are great, I think his speed and acceleration are special and he has all the gifts of a complete football player.”

In addition, Rutgers senior associate athletic director Jason Baum said the Sayreville product does not hold a Scarlet Knight offer.

“He was committed to another school and when a player commits to another program, they no longer have a commit table offer from Rutgers University,” Baum told NJ Advance Media’s Matt Stanmyre in an email on Sunday.

WICHITA WOMAN LIVES TO 100 YEARS TO GET RAPED BY A LOW DOWN 35 YR OLD NIGGER

IN THIS CASE & EVERY OTHER FUCKING CASE

A NIGGER IS ANY MAN WHO IS WHITE, BLACK, PURPLE AND WHO IS EITHER A RAPISTS, PAEDOPHILE

MURDERER

SICK?

I AM

THIS MAKES ME SICK

JUST LIKE THE NIGGER WHO RAPED THE PUPPY

WHO RAPED THE TEEN

WHO RAPED, RAPED RAPED

MEN FROM FAMILIES THAT ARE VIOLENT NEED TO BE CUT THE SECOND THEY ARE BORN

TEST THEIR FAMILIES TO SEE IF THEY COME FROM INTELLIGENT PEOPLE

IF THEY ARE LOW CLASS, WHITE OR BLACK TRASH, DOMESTIC ABUSERS, AND/OR CRAZY PEOPLE

CUT THEIR DICKS OFF AND THEY CAN PISS IN A BAG FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES

AND

THEY

CAN CARRY MY LUGGAGE

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Kasey Nesbitt Arrested In Rape Of 100-year-old Woman

Posted: 10/10/2014 4:55 pm EDT Updated: 10/10/2014 4:59 pm EDT
KASEY NESBITT
 I’D LIKE TO WIPE THIS SMIRK OFF HIS FLAPPERS WITH A KICK IN THE ASS – ALL THE WAY UP HIS BLACK ASS
PLEASE PUT THIS NIGGER IN GENERAL POP.

Police in Wichita have arrested a suspect in the rape of a 100-year-old woman during a break-in at her home.

The Wichita Eagle reports Kasey Nesbitt, 35, was being held Friday in the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of rape and aggravated burglary.

Jail and court records list Nesbitt as a Wichita resident with multiple convictions for burglary and theft.

The woman, who lives alone, told police she was awakened the night of Sept. 29 by two intruders. She walked to a neighbor’s house around 7:15 a.m. the next day to say people were still in her home.

Police Capt. Troy Livingston described the victim as a strong and brave woman who is being cared for by her family.

IT’S OFFICIAL THE LAST 14 YEARS HAVE BEEN THE 2ND DEPRESSION

INEQUALITY

OF THE RICH V THE POOR

MITT ROMNEY IS THINKING (always difficult) OF RUNNING FOR POTUS AGAIN

IN 2016

HE WANTS TO GET HUMILIATED BY A WOMAN NOW

AND INEQUALITY WITH PAY IS A FUCKING FACT

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Key Inequality Measure The Highest Since The Great Depression

Posted: 10/14/2014 11:44 am EDT Updated: 10/14/2014 11:44 am EDT

You know inequality is getting bad when it’s making a Swiss bank uncomfortable.

The ratio of wealth to household income in the U.S., a measure of inequality, is the highest it has been since just before the Great Depression, Credit Suisse noted in a 64-page report on global wealth released on Monday. The bank also warned that this was not good news for the health of the economy:

“This is a worrying signal given that abnormally high wealth income ratios have always signaled recession in the past,” the bank wrote.

Meanwhile, the richest 1 percent in the world own 48 percent of all the world’s wealth, according to Credit Suisse — a worrying signal for the global economy.

Here’s a chart from the Credit Suisse report, of wealth-to-income ratios going back to 1900:

ratio

Because wealth is a big pile of money that has been built up over the years, and income is a much smaller annual flow of new money, this ratio is always pretty high: Going back to 1900, wealth has always been at least four times as high as disposable income.

But sometimes the country’s wealth stockpile surges to even greater heights. Right before the Great Depression, there was seven times as much wealth in the country as disposable income. Right before the dot-com and housing bubbles burst, there was six times as much wealth as income.

See a pattern there? This ratio tends to get out of whack when bubbles of one sort or another have been built up, This typically ends badly, very badly.

Today the ratio is higher than at the peak of the dot-com and housing bubbles. So, yikes.

This time could always be different, of course. You could argue that there’s no bubble today that’s nearly as ridiculous and dire as the dot-com or housing bubbles. Most of the wealth build-up of recent years has been due to the stock market soaring to record highs. There is at least some justification for record-high stock prices, given thatcorporate profits are at record highs, too.

Then again, the stock market that has been inflated at least partly by historic levels ofFederal Reserve stimulus. And corporate profits are at record highs at least partly because companies are being so stingy with workers: Wages have been flat throughout the recovery and for the past few decades, really, when you adjust for inflation.

Whether we get a recession this time or not, this news is at least a sign that French economist Thomas Piketty is on to something when he warns that wealth tends to grow more quickly than income, leading to dangerous imbalances.

EBOLA WATCH – 10, 000 A WEEK ‘COULD DIE’ – THIS IS NOT YO MAMMY’S DISEASE!

EBOLA may have originated in Africa

but it’s NOT yo mama’s disease

It’s all our disease

They may have a serum but it’s not enough for all the sick nigga’s today

It could take a year for the serum to get approval la la la la la

Meanwhile if 10,000 pple die a week

that is 40,000 a month

by Dec 2014 it could be 110,000 dead people all around the world

THIS COULD END UP BEING VERY COSTLY IF WE DON’T HANDLE IT NOW

IT’S NOT JUST AN AMERICAN PROBLEM

IT IS

A

WORLD

PROBLEM

125 ON EBOLA WATCH

Nurses Say U.S. Hospitals Not Adequately Prepared To Handle Patients… WHO: New African Ebola Cases Could Reach 10,000 Per Week… 70 Percent Fatal… Spain’s Response Exposes Holes In West’s Readiness… ‘A Lot More People Will Die’ If World Doesn’t Step Up…

 

WHO: New Ebola Cases Could Be Up To 10,000 Per Week In 2 Months

Posted: 10/14/2014 8:37 am EDT Updated: 5 hours ago

GENEVA (AP) — The death rate in the Ebola outbreak has risen to 70 percent and there could be up to 10,000 new cases a week in two months, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday.

WHO assistant director-general Dr. Bruce Aylward gave the grim figures during a news conference in Geneva. Previously, WHO had estimated the death rate at around 50 percent.

Aylward said the 70 percent death rate was “a high mortality disease” in any circumstance and that the U.N. health agency was still focused on trying to get sick people isolated and provide treatment as early as possible.

He told reporters that if the world’s response to the Ebola crisis isn’t stepped up within 60 days, “a lot more people will die” and there will be a huge need to deal with the spiraling numbers of cases.

For the last four weeks, there’s been about 1,000 new cases per week — including suspected, confirmed and probable cases, he said, adding that the U.N. health agency is aiming to get 70 percent of cases isolated within two months to reverse the outbreak.

WHO increased its Ebola death toll tally to 4,447 people on Tuesday, nearly all of them in West Africa, from 8,914 cases.

Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia have been hardest hit nations in the current outbreak. Aylward said WHO was very concerned about the continued spread of Ebola in the three countries’ capital cities —Freetown, Conakry and Monrovia.

He said the agency was still focused on trying to treat Ebola patients, despite the huge demands on the broken health systems in West Africa.

“It would be horrifically unethical to say that we’re just going to isolate people,” he said, noting that new strategies like handing out protective equipment to families and setting up very basic clinics — without much treatment — was a priority.

In Berlin, a U.N. medical worker infected with Ebola in Liberia died despite “intensive medical procedures.” The St. Georg hospital in Leipzig said Tuesday that the 56-year-old man, whose name has not been released, died overnight of the infection.

The man tested positive for Ebola on Oct. 6, prompting Liberia’s U.N. peacekeeping mission to place 41 other staff members under “close medical observation.”

He arrived in Leipzig for treatment on Oct. 9. The hospital’s chief executive, Dr. Iris Minde, said at the time there was no risk of infection for other people, since he was kept in a secure isolation ward specially equipped with negative pressure rooms that are hermetically sealed.

He was the third Ebola patient to be flown to Germany for treatment. The first man recovered and returned home to Senegal. A Uganda aid worker is still being treated in Frankfurt.

POTUS OBAMA FUCKED UP WHEN TSA ALLOWED THE LIBERIAN ASSHOLES INTO AMERICA

IT’S BAD ENOUGH WE HAVE BLACK RETARDED PEOPLE  IN OUR COUNTRY WHO HAVE BEEN HERE FOR GENERATIONS

AND STILL HAVEN’T MADE THEIR MARK ON ANYTHING

GENERATIONS OF BLACK PEOPLE WITH NOTHING TO SHOW FOR THEIR LIVES EXCEPT CRIME, WELFARE, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND GANGS. THUGS FOR MOST OF THEM. IT’S UNREAL AND TO GET BACK AT WHITE AMERICA

WE NOW BRING YOU

EBOLA

THE KILLER DISEASE OF BLACK PEOPLE

TEXAS IS GOING TO DISAPPEAR IF THIS KEEPS UP

AM I DRUNK?

YEAH KINDA. BRANDY WILL DO THAT TO YA BUT I’M TALKING RANDOMLY

WE ARE GETTING READY TO VIEW THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 5

AND WE’RE READING ABOUT EBOLA AND FREAKING OUT

CDC SAYS SHIT LIKE “PROTOCOL WAS BREACHED”? REALLY? GAGGGGGGG!!!!

A NURSE IS INFECTED AND SHE WAS COVERED IN PREP FOR TREATING THAT MOTHERFUCKER DUNCAN

I HOPE HE’S ROTTING IN HELL CAUSE COMING BACK TO AMERICA WAS NOT THE THING TO DO.

AND NOW – AFTER 1 PERSON DIES AND ANOTHER NURSE IS SICK OBAMA STEPS UP TO THE PLATE

AND WANTS TO DO SOMETHING FEDERALLY TO STOP EBOLA FROM SPREADING?

WAS HE ASLEEP 2 WEEKS AGO?

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Obama Orders Immediate Federal Action To Help Halt Spread Of Ebola

Posted: 10/12/2014 1:50 pm EDT Updated: 10/12/2014 1:59 pm EDT
BARACK OBAMA 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has gotten an update about the latest developments on Ebola from his health secretary and his assistant for homeland security.

The White House says Obama has asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to move as quickly as possible in investigating the apparent breach of infection control procedures at the Texas hospital that had treated a Liberian man with the virus.

Obama also is having federal authorities take more steps to make sure hospitals and health care providers are ready to follow the proper procedures in dealing with an Ebola patient.

According to a White House readout of the call, Obama directed the following:

· The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) investigation into the apparent breach in infection control protocols at the Dallas hospital move as expeditiously as possible;

· The additional officers CDC has dispatched to Dallas work closely with state and local authorities as well as hospital staff to review infection control procedures and the use of personal protective equipment;

· Lessons learned from that inquiry are shared quickly and broadly; and,

· Federal authorities take immediate additional steps to ensure hospitals and healthcare providers nationwide are prepared to follow protocols should they encounter an Ebola patient.

CDC IS BRACING FOR MORE PATIENTS OF EBOLA IN TEX-ASS – THIS IS INSANITY

SO THE CDC IN THE TV SHOW “THE STRAIN” IS 100 TIMES BETTER THAN THE ACTUAL CDC IN AMERICA

CDC SAYS THAT SINCE THE FIRST DICK – THE NIGGER WHO BROUGHT THE VIRUS TO THE US AND THE DIPSHITS AT TSA WHO DIDN’T CHECK HIM OR ANYONE ELSE ON THAT PLANE. LATER THAT PLANE WHEN ALL OVER THE USA TO 27 DIFFERENT STATES.

I CAN’T HELP BUT BE PISSED OFF AT OUR PRESIDENT WHO IS NOW CALLING FOR IMMEDIATE FEDERAL ACTION TO THWART THIS VIRAL INFECTION NOW THAT A NURSE IS INFECTED. A NURSE WHO TOOK CARE OF THE NIGGER.

I SWEAR TO GOD WE SHOULD PUT ALL THE PEOPLE FROM THAT PLANE IN GUANTANAMO BAY AND ISOLATE THE SHIT OUT OF THEM. THIS IS NOT A VAMPIRE VIRUS BUT THIS IS WORSE

IT’S CRIMINAL.

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Obama should be impeached over this outrage.

We have to recall all the people on that plane, everyone they came in contact with and everything that came in contact with anyone they knew -

put them all into guantanamo bay to isolate them.

The only good thing is that most of the people that will die will be black people.

The people on that plane, the people they knew and whom those people knew were mostly all black.

That’s all I’m saying.

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Teri Frey · Top Commenter · San Antonio, Texas

Ah the lovely results of fractured healthcare infrastructure in America. Medicaid expansion rejected by Rick Perry resulted in an overcrowded Texas ER, thereby ensuring poor screening and treatment of an Ebola Patient. If the ER hadn’t been overwhelmed with uninsured poor, perhaps they would have done a better job. Obsess over Fetuses but allow Ebola patients to chill out at home – the Perry dynasty continues…

THAT JUST SUMS UP RICK PERRY’S PRESIDENT RUN FOR 2016 FOR ME – HOW ABOUT YOU?

 

Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

Posted: 10/12/2014 7:22 am EDT Updated: 0 minutes ago
EBOLA

DALLAS, Texas, Oct 12 (Reuters) – A Texas health worker has contracted Ebola after treating a Liberian who died of the disease at a Dallas hospital last week, raising concern about how U.S. medical guidelines aimed at stopping the spread of the disease were breached.

The infected worker, identified as a woman but not named by authorities as they announced the case on Sunday, is believed to be the first person to contract the disease in the United States.

Health officials said the worker at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital had been wearing protective gear during treatment of Thomas Eric Duncan. Duncan was a Liberian who died on Wednesday after being exposed to Ebola in his home country and developing the disease while visiting the United States.

The outbreak in West Africa, the worst outbreak on record of Ebola, has killed more than 4,000 people, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

The new case in Texas indicated a professional lapse that may have caused other health workers at the hospital to also be infected, said the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“We don’t know what occurred in the care of the index patient, the original patient, in Dallas, but at some point there was a breach in protocol, and that breach in protocol resulted in this infection,” CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden told a news conference.

“We are evaluating other potential healthcare worker exposures because if this individual was exposed, which they were, it is possible that other individuals were exposed,” he said.

The worker was in close contact with Duncan and initial testing shows that the level of virus in her system is low. The CDC will conduct a secondary test to confirm the results from a lab in Austin that showed Ebola infection, he said.

“Unfortunately it is possible in the coming days that we will see additional cases of Ebola,” he said.

Frieden said there was one person who may have had contact with the infected health worker when she could possible transmit the disease and that person is being monitored.

Frieden said the intubation of Duncan and use of a dialysis machine – measures taken while trying to save his life – posed high risk for transmission of the virus.

Duncan died in an isolation ward on Oct. 8, 11 days after being admitted. More than 50 people attended to his care. The hospital said it was decontaminating its isolation unit while health officials said Duncan’s body had been cremated.

‘FULL CDC PRECAUTIONS’

Dan Varga, the hospital’s chief clinical officer told a news conference that the infected worker “was following full CDC precautions … so gown, glove, mask and shield.”

The hospital has already faced criticism for at first turning away Duncan when he first showed up there on Sept. 25, saying he had been in Liberia and had a fever. About two days after he was discharged, he grew much sicker and was taken back by ambulance and put in an isolation unit.

None of the 10 people who had close contact with him or 38 people who had contact with that group have shown any symptoms, state health officials said.

Texas officials did not identify the health worker or give any details about the person, but CNN said it was a woman nurse.

The Texas case is not the first outside badly hit West Africa in which a health care worker contracted the disease after contact with a patient.

In Spain, a nurse who contracted Ebola after caring for two infected priests repatriated to Spain remained seriously ill but is showing signs of improvement. Teresa Romero, 44, is so far the only person who has tested positive for Ebola through a transmission in the country.

Fifteen people were being monitored in a Madrid hospital for signs of Ebola on Sunday, as the Spanish government tries to contain recriminations over how it has handled the case. None have so far shown any symptoms.

EBOLA PAMPHLETS

In Dallas, there was a yellow hazardous material drum on the lawn of the brick apartment where the Texas health worker lived and information pamphlets about the Ebola virus were stuffed in the doors in the surrounding blocks of the apartment.

Neighbor Cliff Lawson, 57, said he was woken at 6:00 a.m. by two Dallas police officers who told him “don’t panic.”

“I went back to bed after that. There’s nothing you can do about it. You can’t wrap your house in bubble wrap,” Lawson said.

A team is decontaminating the patient’s apartment and car, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said.

The hospital said in a statement that the new patient, who had not been working for two days, had been taking her own temperature twice a day. The worker informed the hospital of a fever and was isolated immediately upon arrival there.

A union for registered nurses said the Ebola case in Dallas shows that not enough is being done to educate health workers on how to manage patients who show signs of infection.

“Handing out a piece of paper with a link to the Centers for Disease Control, or telling nurses just to look at the CDC website – as we have heard some hospitals are doing – is not preparedness,” said Bonnie Castillo, a registered nurse and senior official with National Nurses United.

SCREENING AT JFK AIRPORT

News of the second patient in Dallas came as U.S. authorities step up efforts to stop the spread of the virus. New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport on Saturday began the screening of travelers from the three hardest hit West African countries.

Liberia is the country worst affected by the virus with 2,316 victims, followed by 930 in Sierra Leone, 778 in Guinea, eight in Nigeria and one in the United States, the World Health Organization said on Friday. Some 4,033 people are known to have died in seven countries from the outbreak, it said.

Ebola is spread through contact with bodily fluids of an affected person or contamination from objects such as needles. People are not contagious before symptoms such as fever develop.

The United Nations said on Friday that its appeal for $1 billion to respond to the West Africa outbreak was only 25 percent funded. (Reporting by Jim Forsyth in San Antonio, Frank McGurty in New York, David Bailey in Minneapolis, David Morgan in Washington and Sarah White in Spain; Writing by Jon Herskovitz, Jason Neely and Brendan O’Brien; Editing by Anna Willard, Stephen Powell and Frances Kerry)

COPS TAKE FROM WE THE PEOPLE & SPEND MONEY ON CARS, GUNS, ELECTRONICS & CLOWNS?

YOU HAVE TO READ THIS AND NOT THROW THE FUCK UP

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THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COPS AND CRIMINALS EXCEPT ONE WEARS A BADGE

Asset seizures fuel police spending

Published on October 11, 2014

Police agencies have used hundreds of millions of dollars taken from Americans under federal civil forfeiture law in recent years to buy guns, armored cars and electronic surveillance gear. They have also spent money on luxury vehicles, travel and a clown named Sparkles.

ABOVE: In Douglasville, Ga, population 32,000, an armored personnel carrier costing $227,000 was bought using money taken from Americans under civil forfeiture laws.

The details are contained in thousands of annual reports submitted by local and state agencies to the Justice Department’s Equitable Sharing Program, an initiative that allows local and state police to keep up to 80 percent of the assets they seize. The Washington Post obtained 43,000 of the reports dating from 2008 through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Stop and Seize: In recent years, thousands of people have had cash confiscated by police without being charged with crimes. The Post looks at the police culture behind the seizures and the people who were forced to fight the government to get their money back.
Part 1: After Sept. 11, 2001, a cottage industry of private police trainers emerged to teach aggressive techniques of highway interdiction to thousands of local and state police.
Part 2: One training firm started a private intelligence-sharing network and helped shape law enforcement nationwide.
Part 3: Motorists caught up in the seizures talk about the experience and the legal battles that could take over a year.
Chat transcript​: The reporters behind “Stop and Seize” answered readers’ questions about the investigative series.

The documents offer a sweeping look at how police departments and drug task forces across the country are benefiting from laws that allow them to take cash and property without proving a crime has occurred. The law was meant to decimate drug organizations, but The Post found that it has been used as a routine source of funding for law enforcement at every level.

“In tight budget periods, and even in times of budget surpluses, using asset forfeiture dollars to purchase equipment and training to stay current with the ever-changing trends in crime fighting helps serve and protect the citizens,” said Prince George’s County, Md., police spokeswoman Julie Parker.

Brad Cates, a former director of asset forfeiture programs at the Justice Department, said the spending identified by The Post suggests police are using Equitable Sharing as “a free floating slush fund.” Cates, who oversaw the program while at Justice from 1985 to 1989, said it has enabled police to sidestep the traditional budget process, in which elected leaders create law enforcement spending priorities.

“All of this is fundamentally at odds with the U.S. Constitution,” said Cates, who recently co-wrote an article calling for the program’s abolition on The Post’s editorial page. “All of this is at odds with the rights that Americans have.”

Of the nearly $2.5 billion in spending reported in the forms, 81 percent came from cash and property seizures in which no indictment was filed, according to an analysis by The Post. Owners must prove that their money or property was acquired legally in order to get it back.

The police purchases comprise a rich mix of the practical and the high-tech, including an array of gear that has helped some departments militarize their operations: Humvees, automatic weapons, gas grenades, night-vision scopes and sniper gear. Many departments acquired electronic surveillance equipment, including automated license-plate readers and systems that track cellphones.

The spending also included a $5 million helicopter for Los Angeles police; a mobile command bus worth more than $1 million in Prince George’s County; an armored personnel carrier costing $227,000 in Douglasville, Ga., population 32,000; $5,300 worth of “challenge coin” medallions in Brunswick County, N.C.; $4,600 for a Sheriff’s Award Banquet by the Doña Ana County (N.M.) Sheriff’s Department; and a $637 coffee maker for the Randall County Sheriff’s Department in Amarillo, Tex.

Sparkles the Clown was hired with asset forfeiture proceeds by police in the Village of Reminderville, Ohio, where she painted children’s faces at a community relations event. (Ron Fowler)

Sparkles the Clown was hired for $225 by Chief Jeff Buck in Reminderville, Ohio, to improve community relations. But Buck said the seizure money has been crucial to sustaining long-term investigations that have put thousands of drug traffickers in prison.

“The money I spent on Sparkles the Clown is a very, very minute portion of the forfeited money that I spend in fighting the war on drugs,” he told The Post.

About 5,400 departments and drug task forces have participated in the Equitable Sharing Program since 2008. Justice spokesman Peter Carr said the program is an effective weapon to fight crime but should not be considered “an alternative funding source for state and local law enforcement.”

“It removes the tools of crime from criminal organizations, deprives wrongdoers of the proceeds of their crimes, recovers property that may be used to compensate victims, and deters crime,” he said in a statement. “Any funds received through the equitable sharing program are meant to enhance and supplement, not supplant or replace an agency’s appropriated budget and resources.”

Money for gear, training

A local or state police agency can seize cash or property under federal law through the Equitable Sharing Program when a federal agency such as the Drug Enforcement Administration or Immigration and Customs Enforcement agrees to adopt the seizure under federal law. Federal agencies generally are allowed to keep 20 percent or more of the seizure after an adoption.

‘Your property is guilty until you prove it innocent’

In the wake of Sept. 11, 2001, an aggressive brand of policing called “highway interdiction,” which involves authorities seizing money and property during traffic stops, has grown in popularity. Thousands of people not charged with crimes are left fighting legal battles to regain their money.

(Gabe Silverman/The Washington Post)

In September, The Post reported that police across the country became more aggressive in their use of federal civil asset forfeiture laws after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Officials at Justice and the Department of Homeland Security encouraged a technique known as highway interdiction to help in the fight against drugs and terror.

There have been 61,998 cash seizures on highways and elsewhere since 9/11 without search warrants or indictments and processed through the Equitable Sharing Program, according to an analysis of Justice data obtained by The Post.

Equitable Sharing participants must follow rules contained in a 50-page Equitable Sharing guide that require the proceeds of seizures to be used “by law enforcement agencies for law enforcement purposes only.”

Permissible uses include overtime pay, training, building construction and improvements and equipment — everything from file cabinets and fitness gear to automatic weapons, surveillance systems and cars. They also can use proceeds to buy food and drinks at conferences or during disaster operations.

Police generally may not pay ongoing salaries or otherwise support annual budgets. One exception allows for departments to pay salaries of newly hired officers for one year or officers assigned to a drug task force as a replacement “so long as the replacement officer does not engage in the seizure of assets or narcotics law enforcement as a principal duty.”

The Justice Department has about 15 employees assigned to overseeing compliance. Five employees review thousands of annual reports for discrepancies. Justice employees also use analytical tools to search for spending patterns. Several attorneys review all sharing requests for $1 million or more, Carr said, adding that the locals also do their own audits.

 The annual reports from local and state police are required to help “promote public confidence” in the program and to protect against “waste, fraud and abuse,” the guidelines say. But the forms provide few details about what is actually purchased, according to documents and interviews. That is in part because the department leaves it up to local officials to decide how to categorize their spending. There is little room to provide line-item detail.

Justice’s inspector general’s office has conducted 25 audits on spending since 2008, an average of  four a year, examining more than $18 million in Equitable Sharing spending, roughly three-quarters of 1 percent of the money spent during that time. Justice has challenged millions of dollars in spending as unsupported or unallowable.

One audit examined about $3.4 million in Equitable Sharing funds that the Oklahoma Highway Patrol spent from July 2009 to June 2012.

The audit found $1.9 million in unallowable and unsupported expenditures relating to salaries, overtime pay, construction, fees paid to contractors and the use of two Ford F-150 pickup trucks by non-law enforcement personnel.

Oklahoma authorities did not return calls seeking comment.

Auditors found the Mesa County, Colo., Sheriff’s Office paid thousands for projectors, scanner equipment and other items that were not intended for law enforcement. They also paid for 20 lawyers in the Mesa County prosecutor’s office to attend a conference at the Keystone ski resort. Auditors questioned more than $78,000 in spending.

The Mesa Sheriff’s Office also did not respond to calls from The Post.

Some Highlights

BearCat armored personnel carrier
Douglasville Police Department, Ga.

$227,390

27 M-4 assault rifles
Braselton Police Department, Ga.

$54,000

Coffee maker
Randall County Sheriff, Texas

$637

Sparkles the Clown
community relations program
Reminderville Police Department, Ohio

$225

RELATED GRAPHIC: SPENDING SEIZED ASSETS
Since 2008, about 5,400 police agencies have spent $2.5 billion in proceeds from cash and property seized under federal civil forfeiture laws. Police suspected the assets were linked to crime, although in 81 percent of cases no one was indicted. How much is being spent in your state?

Trading cards and BMWs

One task force used the money for a subscription to High Times, a magazine for marijuana enthusiasts, at $29.99 for a year.

Several departments bought custom-made trading cards, complete with photos and data about their officers. Some, including police in Chelsea, Mass., share them with children in their communities.

“We have found that this is a great way to build trust and foster long-lasting relationships with the youth in our community who get to know officers on a first-name basis,” said Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes.

Ten agencies have used the asset forfeiture funds to pay their fees for the Defense Department’s excess property initiative, better known as the 1033 program, which enables local and state police to buy surplus military-grade equipment at cut rates. The equipment includes automatic weapons, night-vision gear and clothing.

Police in Sahuarita, Ariz., paid $4,300 to outfit a Humvee obtained through the 1033 program. The New Bedford, Mass., Police Department in 2012 paid $2,119 for shipping costs for M-16s from the military.

In Brunswick County, N.C., $5,300 from asset forfeiture funds was spent on challenge coin medallions. The coins were to be shared with local residents or other law enforcement. (Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office )

Dozens of sheriff and police offices paid a total of more than $100,000 for keepsakes known as “challenge coins” and lapel pins that they could share with one another and with local residents.

Scores of departments spent money on vehicles. Many of them were typical police cruisers, but dozens were new and used sports and luxury cars, including at least 15 Mercedes, a dozen Mustangs, a handful of BMWs and two Corvettes.

Others bought a variety of armored cars. Among them was the police department in Douglasville, Ga., and the sheriff’s office in Douglas County, Ga., which teamed up several years ago to buy an eight-ton, $227,000 BearCat (Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck).

Douglasville Deputy Chief Gary E. Sparks said they have used the vehicle a few times in barricade situations. But mostly it has been deployed for “officer down” and SWAT team exercises.

“It’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it,” he said.

Police in Ferguson, Mo., also participate in Equitable Sharing. Since 2008, the department reported using seizure proceeds to buy $18,000 in weapons and protective gear, $71,000 in computers and communications gear, and about $43,000 in electronic surveillance equipment. Some of the money was seized in partnerships with other agencies, the annual reports show.

Jurisdictions in the Washington region have used the federal asset forfeiture program as well.

Virginia State Police spent $33 million on buildings and improvements and $11 million on computers and communications gear. A state police spokeswoman said the funds came from money forfeited by Purdue Frederick Company, the maker of OxyContin, to settle allegations that the company played down the drug’s addictive properties.

The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department was a leader in spending on informants and undercover drug purchases, reporting about $3.3 million under that category. The department declined a request to provide details.

Police in Prince George’s County, Md., spent $56,000 to paint two aging helicopters and more than $1 million on a mobile command bus using asset forfeiture dollars.

Prince George’s police spent $382,000 on license-plate readers, $56,000 to paint two aging helicopters and an undisclosed amount on a “cell site simulator” that can surreptitiously track cellphones.

Parker, the Prince George’s police spokeswoman, said the cellphone-tracking system is only used under court order and that the department “follows best practice policies” when spending forfeiture funds.

Fairfax County police have spent $1.3 million on weapons and protective gear, $561,000 on buildings and improvements and $208,000 on electronic surveillance gear. The department declined to share details about the spending.

The Justice Department audited Fairfax’s spending in 2009 and 2010 and found the department had complied with the guidelines at that time.

“Our financial stewardship of our Seized Account Funds is in compliance with all Federal rules and laws, State rules and laws, County rules and laws, and we undergo audits of these accounts by local and federal agencies,” Col. Edwin C. Roessler Jr., the Fairfax police chief, said in a statement. “Additionally, we are subjected to internal audit processes to review all requests for expenditures to ensure purchases are pre-approved for compliance.”

Steady money for Ga. town

The Post analysis found that since 2008, more than 500 departments and drug task forces have reported receiving the equivalent of 20 percent of their annual spending plans at least once. Nearly 100 have done so in at least three of the past six years.

The local department that makes the most consistent use of Equitable Sharing funds per capita is in Braselton, Ga., a town of about 8,000 people along Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta. It has reported receiving the equivalent of 20 percent or more of its budget from  the Justice program in five of the past six years, documents show.

The Braselton Police Department’s approach to Equitable Sharing offers insights about the latitude the Justice Department gives local and state departments to spend seized proceeds. It also underscores how little Equitable Sharing participants are required to disclose to Justice each year.

According to the town’s annual reports, police in Braselton have spent $79,000 on weapons and protective gear since 2008, $139,000 on travel and training, $134,000 on salaries, $224,000 on computers and communications gear, $875,000 on a category characterized on the Justice form as “other,” and $905,000 on buildings and improvements.

Their spending included $806,000 for the purchase and modification of vehicles.

“It’s legit. We’re not buying stuff just to buy stuff,” he said, adding, “We spend the money if we have it. . . . It’s pretty cool. We’re not only able to help us, we’re able to help others.”

—Braselton Assistant Chief Lou Solis

In interviews, Assistant Chief Lou Solis said that not all the reported spending went to items for the town police. He said that Braselton uses its membership in the Equitable Sharing Program to buy things for law enforcement partners, such as the Georgia State Patrol.

The federal guidelines allow the formation of task forces and the participants to decide how to split the seizures among themselves, with Justice’s approval. Most of Braselton’s seizure proceeds came as a result of its participation in an Atlanta-based DEA drug task force that relies heavily on local police. Braselton has one officer assigned to the task force, Solis said.

Braselton police recently paid $6,000 for copiers for a nearby DEA office. “The DEA says, ‘Hey man, we need a copier,’ ” Solis said.

In some instances, town police help out on “whisper stops” after receiving informal tips about smugglers from the DEA, he said. Some of the seizures are made by the state patrol on nearby I-85, with help from Braselton officers, he said.

State police have sometimes partnered with Braselton on seizures in exchange for pledges from town police to provide cars and equipment for the state police. For example, Solis said, Braselton police recently bought 27 M-4 assault rifles, at about $2,000 each, for state police with proceeds from Equitable Sharing. Braselton also paid almost $8,000 in program funds for radar, lights and a tag reader for the state police.

The deals with Braselton enabled state police offices to receive the direct benefit of seizure proceeds rather than have the money go through the state patrol’s general fund, according to Solis and Capt. Kermit Stokes, a state patrol official.

Braselton police also used seizure proceeds to build an enclosed shooting range used by local, state and federal authorities, including the Department of Homeland Security, which also contributed funding, Solis said.

“It’s legit. We’re not buying stuff just to buy stuff,” he said, adding, “We spend the money if we have it. . . . It’s pretty cool. We’re not only able to help us, we’re able to help others.”

 In every instance, planned purchases are submitted to town authorities before being approved by Braselton’s police chief, he said. Every request from Georgia’s state patrol is accompanied by a formal letter, as required by the Justice program, he said.

“It’s checked and it’s double-checked,” Solis said about the spending. “It’s audited.”

When town police help out, other agencies sometimes promised to include them in a “DAG-71,” the federal form that specifies how sharing should occur. So many seizures have occurred in recent years, leading to so much sharing among local, state and federal authorities, that it has become common for one officer to tell another, “We’re going to ‘DAG you in,” Solis said.

After The Post brought the transactions to Justice’s attention, a department official told Braselton to stop using Equitable Sharing funds to buy items for other departments, said Carr, the Justice spokesman. Such transactions were not “explicitly prohibited previously,” but a new interim guidance for the program was issued this summer, Carr said.

“Braselton Police Department is now aware that this is not permitted and has assured the department it will comply with the new guidance,” Carr said. He added that other departments had made similar transactions in recent years.

Braselton Police Chief Terry Esco said he was not aware of the interim guidance but is happy to comply.

“We just never received the e-mail,” he said.

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