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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Blunt Praises Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to Serve on U.S. Supreme Court

From Senator Roy Blunt:


WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement on President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve as justice on the U.S. Supreme Court:

“Judge Neil Gorsuch is a well-respected jurist with the experience and qualifications to serve on our nation’s highest court. In his decade on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals bench, he has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to upholding the rule of law and interpreting the Constitution as its authors intended. The Supreme Court is one of the most important legacies this president is likely to leave, and he made the right choice in selecting Judge Gorsuch to begin shaping the long-term view of the court. I look forward to hearing more from Judge Gorsuch as the confirmation process moves forward.” 

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RIGHT ANGLE: SUING THE PRESIDENT





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Senator Scott Delivers Remarks on DeVos in HELP Committee

Senator Scott delivered remarks in the Senate HELP committee ahead of voting on the nomination of Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary.







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We Will Not Rest Until Every American has Access to a Future of Security...

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), today outlines the Senate Republicans’ agenda for the 115th Congress: growing the economy, creating jobs, increasing wages, and lifting the burdens the Obama administration placed on the American people.







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Thune Urges Senate to Confirm Chao as Secretary of the U.S. Department o...

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) urges his colleagues in the Senate to confirm Elaine Chao as the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation.







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Dems boycott vote for Treasury pick Mnuchin - Jan. 31, 2017

Senate Democrats are boycotting a committee vote on Steven Mnuchin, President Trump's nominee for Treasury secretary.



The Democrats didn't show up Tuesday for Senate Finance Committee votes on Mnuchin and Tom Price, Trump's pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.



Dems boycott vote for Treasury pick Mnuchin - Jan. 31, 2017

Trump's #MuslimBan Doesn't Target Muslims And Isn't A Ban - Being Libertarian

On January 27th 2017 President Trump signed an executive order entitled PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES, also by some referred to as a #MuslimBan.



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What happens to the immigration ban after 90 days?

Blackburn: Democrats are winning over George Soros and his pocketbook

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Betsy DeVos is an enemy of the public schools

Attorneys head to airports to help those impacted by Trump executive order

Rep. Jordon: Trump’s executive order on immigration is common sense



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Statement on the Appointment of Dana Boente as Acting Attorney General

From Donald J. Trump:


Statement on the Appointment of Dana Boente as Acting Attorney General
The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States. This order was approved as to form and legality by the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel.
Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.
It is time to get serious about protecting our country. Calling for tougher vetting for individuals travelling from seven dangerous places is not extreme. It is reasonable and necessary to protect our country.
Tonight, President Trump relieved Ms. Yates of her duties and subsequently named Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to serve as Acting Attorney General until Senator Jeff Sessions is finally confirmed by the Senate, where he is being wrongly held up by Democrat senators for strictly political reasons.
“I am honored to serve President Trump in this role until Senator Sessions is confirmed. I will defend and enforce the laws of our country to ensure that our people and our nation are protected,” said Dana Boente, Acting Attorney General.

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CORKER CONDEMNS IRAN FOR LATEST BALLISTIC MISSILE VIOLATION

From Senator Bob Corker:


Jan 30 2017

CORKER CONDEMNS IRAN FOR LATEST BALLISTIC MISSILE VIOLATION

Senator Calls for Additional U.S. Sanctions, Radical Enforcement of Nuclear Agreement

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today condemned Iran for reportedly conducting a ballistic missile test in violation of its international commitments. U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231, which endorses provisions of the Iran nuclear agreement (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) “calls upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology”. Since the nuclear deal was signed in 2015, Iran has violated international restrictions on ballistic missiles and arms exports while also exceeding limits on nuclear material set by the JCPOA.
“No longer will Iran be given a pass for its repeated ballistic missile violations, continued support of terrorism, human rights abuses and other hostile activities that threaten international peace and security,” said Corker, a leading opponent of the nuclear deal. “I look forward to working with my colleagues and the administration to hold Iran accountable for this and other violations while ensuring radical enforcement of existing restrictions on its nuclear program.”
In their public hearings, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson, and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley all emphasized the need to continue strong enforcement of the nuclear agreement with Iran.
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CORKER STATEMENT ON TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDER TO REDUCE BURDENSOME FEDERAL REGULATIONS

From Senator Bob Corker:


WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement regarding President Donald J. Trump’s executive order to reduce burdensome federal regulations.
“For far too long, burdensome federal regulations have stifled job growth across our country,” said Corker. “I applaud President Trump for following through on his promise to rein in federal bureaucrats and look forward to working with the administration on additional ways to unleash the American economy and create opportunities for hardworking Tennesseans.”
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Breitbart reporter booted from CAIR press conference - Jan. 30, 2017

A reporter for Breitbart News was ejected from a press conference hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations on Monday.



The reporter, Neil Munro, had already taken a seat for the presser at CAIR's headquarters in Washington, D.C., where the group was set to detail its legal challenge to President Donald Trump's immigration ban.



Breitbart reporter booted from CAIR press conference - Jan. 30, 2017

Senate Democrats delay vote on Trump Treasury pick Mnuchin - Jan. 30, 2017

A Senate committee vote on Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin has been pushed to Tuesday morning.



The Senate Finance Committee had been scheduled to vote Monday night on whether to send Mnuchin's nomination to the full Senate.



Senate Democrats delay vote on Trump Treasury pick Mnuchin - Jan. 30, 2017

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Persuasion Filter and Immigration | Scott Adams' Blog

President Trump has issued temporary immigration orders that ban citizens from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. This is a good opportunity to test the Persuasion Filter against what you might call the Hitler Filter.



The Persuasion Filter and Immigration | Scott Adams' Blog

Rubio meets with Florida citrus growers hurt by citrus greening





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SENATOR JOHN McCAIN ON CBS’S “FACE THE NATION” 1-29-17





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Senator Scott Questions HHS Nominee Dr. Price

Senator Scott questioned Congressman Tom Price, the President's nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, in Senate Finance Committee.







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Senator Scott Questions Linda McMahon

Senator Scott questioned Linda McMahon, the President's nominee to lead the Small Business Administration, in the Senate Small Business Committee.







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Inhofe Discusses His Introduction of CRA Disapproving of SEC Resource Ex...



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Sen. Moran Discusses VA Secretary Nominee on Fox News

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) discussed his meeting with the VA Secretary Nominee on Sunday, January 29.







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How Trump’s travel ban impacts airports across the U.S.

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Trump's travel ban: Companies and executives speak out - Jan. 30, 2017

Tech executives in particular have expressed deep concern about President Trump's ban on travel by citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. But leaders of companies across the economy are speaking out.



Immigrants have played a big role building some major U.S. companies, particularly in tech. A 2011 report from the Partnership for a New American Economy estimates that 45% of high-tech companies in the Fortune 500 were founded by first- or second-generation Americans.



Trump's travel ban: Companies and executives speak out - Jan. 30, 2017

525: An Inconvenient Sequel And other Leftist Shenanigans





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Petition calls on UK to ax Trump's state visit

Scott Baio defends himself against anti-Trump protestor

Florida AG on Trump's immigration executive order

Soros-funded NGOs aiming to bring down our govt – Hungarian Foreign Mini...

Life after ISIS in Mosul: Residents clean city from extremists’ murals a...

Lavrov: Syria ‘safe zones’ possible if Damascus agrees

Why are Pakistan, Saudi Arabia not on Trump's immigration ban?

Allen West on immigration ban: Executive order doesn't seem well planned

Twitter reveals details of 2 FBI national security letters after gag order lifted — RT America

Twitter has revealed it received two national security orders from the FBI, accompanied by gag orders, prohibiting the company from notifying the affected account holders or the general public about the process.



Twitter reveals details of 2 FBI national security letters after gag order lifted — RT America

Uber pushes back on Trump's order after #DeleteUber starts trending - Jan. 29, 2017

Uber pushed back against President Trump's immigration ban, after taking serious heat on social media for its initial response.



CEO Travis Kalanick tweeted Sunday afternoon that Trump's travel ban from seven Muslim-majority countries "is against everything Uber stands for." He said the ban affects thousands of Uber drivers.



Uber pushes back on Trump's order after #DeleteUber starts trending - Jan. 29, 2017

Starbucks pledges to hire 10,000 refugees - Jan. 29, 2017

Starbucks says it plans to hire 10,000 refugees over five years in the 75 countries where it does business.



Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz outlined the company's plan in a memo sent to employees Sunday in response to President Trump's executive order banning travel from seven Muslim majority countries.



Starbucks pledges to hire 10,000 refugees - Jan. 29, 2017

ACLU racks up $24.1 million in donations over weekend - Jan. 30, 2017

The American Civil Liberties Union said it received $24.1 million in online donations over the weekend.



In a normal year, the activist group makes about $4 million a year in online donations. In one weekend, it raised six times as much money.



ACLU racks up $24.1 million in donations over weekend - Jan. 30, 2017

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Huntington woman pleads guilty to federal heroin charge

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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Huntington woman pleads guilty to federal heroin charge

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Huntington woman found with heroin after police responded to a shooting call at her residence in 2015 pleaded guilty today to a federal drug charge, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Amanda Mae Smith, 33, entered her guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute heroin.
On August 20, 2015, officers with the Huntington Police Department responded to a call of a shooting at Smith’s residence located on the 800 block of 26th Street in Huntington. When officers arrived, they located Smith and an individual who had been shot in the leg during what was reported as an attempted robbery. Officers subsequently obtained search warrants for Smith’s residence and vehicle. When officers searched the vehicle, they located approximately 70 grams of heroin. Smith provided a statement in which she admitted that she had received the heroin from a source for distribution. She further admitted that she and others had been using her residence to distribute heroin.
Smith faces up to 20 years in federal prison when she is sentenced on May 1, 2017.
The Huntington Police Department, the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department and the Huntington FBI Drug Task Force conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams is handling the prosecution. The plea hearing was held before Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers.
This case is part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs and heroin. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of opiate painkillers and heroin in communities across the Southern District.

New York Man Sentenced For Conspiracy To Provide Material Support To ISIL In Connection With Planned New Year’s Eve Attack

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Western District of New York

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

New York Man Sentenced For Conspiracy To Provide Material Support To ISIL In Connection With Planned New Year’s Eve Attack

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WASHINGTON – Emanuel L. Lutchman, 26, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), was sentenced to 20 years in prison and 50 years supervised released by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci.  
Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Mary B. McCord, Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. of the Western District of New York and Special Agent-in-Charge Adam S. Cohen of the FBI’s Buffalo, New York Division made the announcement.
“Emanuel Lutchman conspired with an ISIL member located overseas and planned to kill innocent civilians on U.S. soil in the name of the terrorist organization,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General McCord. “Countering terrorist threats remains the highest priority of the National Security Division, and we will continue our efforts to bring to justice those who conspire to provide material support to foreign terrorist organizations.  I want to thank the many agents, analysts and prosecutors who contributed to the disruption of this deadly plot.”
 “This defendant was in direct personal communication with an individual who was an external attack planner and influential recruiter for ISIL in Syria,” said Acting United States Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. “That individual is now deceased, but, while living, he acted essentially as a terror trainer to Emanuel Lutchman and others. Together the two discussed the defendant’s plan to conduct a murderous attack within the City of Rochester essentially as a means of establishing his value as a future terrorist for ISIL in Syria. Viewed in this context, it would be hard to overstate the danger that Lutchman presented.”  Kennedy emphasized that, “As prosecutors, a significant part of the role we play is to protect the citizens in our community from the threats they face. This sentence accomplishes that.”
"Just over a year ago, we arrested Emanual Lutchman. It was a good day for Rochester, and for people everywhere who would felt the impact of Lutchman's violent acts," said Adam S. Cohen, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the FBI's Buffalo office. "The days preceding Lutchman’s arrest were full of apprehension after Lutchman accepted a directive from Abu Issa Al Amriki – a known ISIL leader – to kill multiple Americans. Today ends the judicial process for this case, but the FBI continues to work hard to protect our communities."Lutchman admitted that he conspired with an individual known as Abu Issa Al-Amriki, a now-deceased ISIL member in Syria, and planned to conduct an attack against civilians using knives and a machete on New Year’s Eve in 2015. Lutchman admitted that he intended to conduct an attack that could be claimed by ISIL and that could also help him gain membership into ISIL when he thereafter traveled overseas to join the terrorist organization.”
Lutchman admitted that he conspired with an individual known as Abu Issa Al-Amriki, a now-deceased ISIL member in Syria, and planned to conduct an attack against civilians using knives and a machete on New Year’s Eve in 2015. Lutchman admitted that he intended to conduct an attack that could be claimed by ISIL and that could also help him gain membership into ISIL when he thereafter traveled overseas to join the terrorist organization.
According to court documents, Lutchman posted on social media expressions of support for ISIL, including images, videos and documents relating to ISIL and violent jihad. Lutchman also downloaded and watched terrorism-related videos, including videos relating to ISIL and the now-deceased terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki. The defendant also maintained a digital collection of documents relating to terrorism and terrorist groups. This included all of the issues of Inspire magazine and other documents designed to provide guidance to individuals seeking to travel overseas to engage in violent jihad or engage in “lone wolf” terrorist attacks in the U.S. and elsewhere.
In December 2015, Lutchman obtained an online document written by an ISIL member in Syria, in which the ISIL member provided guidance to supporters who were seeking to travel overseas to join ISIL, including advice about preparation for violent jihad; the use of security measures while traveling to avoid apprehension by law enforcement authorities; instructions for killing non-believers and infidels, or “kuffar”; and contact information for the ISIL member and Al-Amriki.
On Dec. 25, 2015, Lutchman initiated online contact with Al-Amriki, who identified himself as an ISIL member in Syria. In a series of subsequent communications, Al-Amriki told Lutchman to plan an attack on New Year’s Eve and kill a number of kuffar. Al-Amriki advised the defendant to write something before the attack and give it to the ISIL member so that after the attack the ISIL member could post it online to announce Lutchman’s allegiance to ISIL. Al-Amriki told Lutchman that whatever Lutchman sends to ISIL, they would keep it until the attack was complete and then post it and publicize the attack on the Internet. Al-Amriki emphasized that Lutchman is “behind enemy lines,” that Lutchman was the closest person to their most hated enemy and that Lutchman has the chance to do things that ISIL wishes it could do.
Lutchman ultimately told Al-Amriki that he has a couple of “brothers” that want to make hijra and plan an attack. Al-Amriki encouraged Lutchman to complete an attack and stated that, if the Syrian borders open and the attack does not succeed, he would help Lutchman and his “brothers” make hijra. Al-Amriki told Lutchman to show ISIL how serious he is, stating, “New years is here soon.  Do operations and kill some kuffar.” Lutchman told Al-Amriki that he hates it in the U.S., that he wants to join the ranks of ISIL and that he is ready to “give everything up” to be in Syria with ISIL. Al-Amriki told Lutchman, for the time being, to do what he can in the U.S.
In late December 2015, Lutchman was communicating with other individuals (referred to as Individuals A, B, and C in the plea agreement) who, unbeknownst to Lutchman, were cooperating with the FBI. In these communications, Lutchman made statements expressing his strong support of ISIL and his desire to travel overseas to join ISIL. He also discussed in detail his online communications with Al-Amriki and the ISIL member. In subsequent communications, Lutchman referred at various times to Individuals A, B and C as “brothers” who would be involved in the New Year’s Eve attack.
Lutchman admitted that on Dec. 27, 2015, he and Al-Amriki discussed potential targets, and Al-Amriki told Lutchman to find the most populated area and kill as many people as possible. Al-Amriki reiterated that, after the operation was done, he would vouch for Lutchman and the other participants in the attack, and he would start sending “brothers” to ISIL in Libya, to which Lutchman agreed.
Lutchman admitted that he met with Individual C on Dec. 28, 2015, and indicated that he wanted to target a club or bar and proposed that they kidnap a couple of people and kill them. Lutchman stated that they would have to wear masks during the operation in order to avoid getting caught by law enforcement authorities. As they drove by a particular restaurant/bar in Rochester, Lutchman identified it as the target of the attack.
Lutchman admitted that on the evening of Dec. 29, 2015, Lutchman and Individual C went to a store in Rochester to purchase weapons and supplies for the attack, including two black ski masks, two knives, a machete, zip-ties, duct tape, ammonia and latex gloves. Lutchman told Individual C that “the operation is a go,” and noted that many victims would have to be killed. The defendant and Individual C discussed making a video before the operation, at Al-Amriki’s direction, in which they would explain their rationale for the attack and swear bayah (allegiance) to the leader of ISIL, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Lutchman said that he planned to release the video after the completion of the attack.
Lutchman admitted that on Dec. 30, 2015, he made a video pledging allegiance to ISIL and al-Baghdadi, and stated that ISIL was going to establish the caliphate in the land of Islam. In reference to the planned New Year’s Eve attack, Lutchman stated, “the blood that you spill of the Muslim overseas we gonna spill the blood of the kuffar,” and asked Allah to “make this a victory.” In the video, Lutchman covered all of his face except for his eyes and he held one index finger in the air, which is a sign commonly used by ISIL members and supporters. Immediately thereafter, law enforcement agents arrested Lutchman and recovered the items purchased by Lutchman and Individual C the previous day from Lutchman’s residence.
Lutchman has been detained in federal custody since his arrest on Dec. 30, 2015 by members of the FBI’s Rochester Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). 
The investigation was conducted by the FBI’s Rochester JTTF. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett A. Harvey of the Western District of New York, with the assistance of Trial Attorney Larry Schneider of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.

Former Fort Leonard Wood Man Pleads Guilty to Sexually Abusing a Child

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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Former Fort Leonard Wood Man Pleads Guilty to Sexually Abusing a Child

Faces at Least 30 years in Prison

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Brattleboro, Vt., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to aggravated sexual abuse of a 6-year-old child at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

Paul Kickery, Sr., 67, of Brattleboro, formerly of Fort Leonard Wood, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to aggravated sexual abuse of a child.

According to court documents, the victim’s father contacted the Brattleboro, Vt., Police Department, to report that his daughter had been sexually assaulted by Kickery over the course of approximately a year. During the time of the sexual assaults, between July 1, 2013, and July 31, 2014, both Kickery and the then-6-year-old victim were residing in the same residence at the U.S. Army Military Base at Fort Leonard Wood. The child victim disclosed the abuse to a family member about a year later.

Under federal statutes, Kickery is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years, up to a life term of imprisonment in federal prison without parole. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ami Harshad Miller. It was investigated by the FBI and the Brattleboro, Vt., Police Department.

Holt Man Sentenced for Child Porn

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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Holt Man Sentenced for Child Porn

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Holt, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for sharing child pornography over the Internet.

Jeffrey T. Pachl, 54, of Holt, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to eight years in federal prison without parole.

On July 25, 2016, Pachl pleaded guilty to attempting to distribute child pornography over the Internet. He admitted that he used peer-to-peer file-sharing software to share images of child pornography over the Internet. An FBI agent identified Pachl’s computer as making child pornography available for other users to download and FBI agents executed a search warrant at his residence on April 18, 2014. Agents seized two desktop computers, an external hard drive and seven USB drives from the residence.

Agents contacted Pachl at his workplace and interviewed him. Pachl admitted that he used a desktop computer in the basement office of his home to search for and download child pornography, and that he had been using the file-sharing program for approximately 10 years.

Investigators found more than 27,000 images and more than 300 videos of child pornography on the USB drives. Several dozen images of child pornography were located on the computers and external drive, including images of bondage and torture, many of prepubescent victims. Evidence was located related to extensive Internet browsing of files indicating access to hundreds of files of possible child pornography.

Pachl also used an alias to communicate with females via Facebook. Investigators discovered numerous messages with females, most of whom appeared to be under the age of 18. Pachl discussed sexual photos with most of the females and asked for additional photographs from many of them. Agents also discovered Pachl’s e-mail account, which he used to receive photographs and spoke explicitly via e-mail with a person who claimed she was 14 years old.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, Pachl must pay restitution to six victims who have petitioned for restitution from every person who received or possessed pictures of their childhood sexual abuse. Pachl must pay $5,000 in restitution to each victim, or $3,000 to each victim if he can pay within 30 days.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Catherine A. Connelly. It was investigated by the FBI.

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This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc . For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

Berkeley County woman pleads guilty to heroin distribution

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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Berkeley County woman pleads guilty to heroin distribution

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Danielle Ey, 29, of Hedgesville, West Virginia, admitted to assisting in heroin distribution in federal court in Martinsburg today, Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen, announced.
Ey pled guilty to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Possession with the intent to Distribute Heroin.” She faces up to twenty years in prison and a fine up to $1,000,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Z. Krasinski and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie S. Taylor prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, investigated. 
U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.

Fmr. Providence Plan Finance Director to Plead Guilty to Fraud

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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Rhode Island

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Fmr. Providence Plan Finance Director to Plead Guilty to Fraud

PROVIDENCE – According to signed documents filed in U.S. District Court in Providence, Charles F. Denno, 66, of East Providence, a former finance director for the Providence Plan, has agreed to plead guilty to devising and executing a scheme in which he fraudulently converted more than $500,000 of Providence Plan funds for his own use.

Providence Plan is a non-profit educational entity which receives federal, state and private grant funds, including funds from the United States Department of Education and the Bloomberg Family Foundation. These grant funds are to be used to support educational and other programs for adults and children in Rhode Island. Annually, the federal grant funds awarded to the Providence Plan totaled in excess of four million dollars.
United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha; Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police; Brian Hickey, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General; and Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division announced the filing today of an Information charging Denno with wire fraud.
United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha commented, “The Providence Plan receives a tremendous amount of federal, state and private funds each year for a laudable purpose: to provide educational and other programs to children and adults who would otherwise not have access to them. Every dollar the defendant stole – and he stole an outlandish amount – could have served someone who really needed it. It is precisely this type of conduct that gives rise to unwarranted public cynicism regarding such worthy programs. I want to thank the Providence Plan for their assistance and cooperation in this matter, once the defendant’s criminal conduct was discovered.”
According to court documents, from 2012 through July 2016, Denno used his authority to cause the U.S. Department of Education and the Bloomberg Family foundation to deposit funds into Providence Plan bank accounts and fraudulently converted those funds to his own personal use. The total amount of funds fraudulently converted from the Providence Plan to Denno’s personal use was more than $500,000.
In addition, according to court documents, Denno fraudulently prepared and issued Providence Plan checks made payable to CMG Enterprises, an entity he owned. The payments issued to CMG and deposited into a CMG bank account were not authorized and contained a forgery of the authorized check signing official at the Providence Plan. Denno subsequently made multiple withdrawals from the CMG bank account in various forms, including credit card payments, check payments and ATM cash withdrawals at Twin River Casino.
An information is merely an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Wire fraud is punishable by statutory penalties of up to 20 years imprisonment; 3 years supervised; and a fine of up to $250,000.
The matter, being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John P. McAdams, was investigated by the Rhode Island State Police Gaming Enforcement Unit, the U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General and the FBI.
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Utica Man Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Distributing, Receiving and Possessing Child Pornography

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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Utica Man Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Distributing, Receiving and Possessing Child Pornography

Search of Business Led to Discovery of Hundreds of Child Pornography Videos

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK - - Daniel Beal, 56, of Utica, New York, was sentenced today to serve seven (7) years in federal prison for distributing, receiving and possessing child pornography, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Andrew W. Vale, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Albany Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

As part of his guilty plea, Beal admitted that he distributed and received images of child pornography using a peer-to-peer file sharing program. A search of Beal’s business, Dacobe Enterprises, LLC, in July of 2015 led to the discovery of hundreds of videos depicting child pornography, including images and videos depicting the sexual assault of children as young as two years of age.

United States District Judge Brenda K. Sannes also imposed a fifteen (15) year term of supervised release, which will begin after Beal is released from prison. As a result of his conviction, Beal will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from incarceration.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Geoffrey J. L. Brown.

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/.

Columbus, Ohio woman sentenced for her role in a smash and grab scheme

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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Columbus, Ohio woman sentenced for her role in a smash and grab scheme

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Jolisha McDonald, 25, of Columbus, Ohio, was sentenced today to 30 months incarceration for transporting stolen goods across state lines. Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen made the announcement.
McDonald conspired to steal smart phones, tablets, head phones, game stations, and computers from Walmart, Target, and Meijer stores in eight different states, including West Virginia and Ohio. The value of the stolen goods are estimated to be in excess of $500,000. She pled guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Transport Stolen Goods in Interstate Commerce” in November 2016. 
Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert H. McWilliams, Jr. prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Columbus Police Department investigated.
Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr. presided.

Alton Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Possession of Child Pornography

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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Alton Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Possession of Child Pornography


Donald S. Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that James Allen Ridder, 34, of Alton, Illinois, was sentenced in federal court today to ten years’ imprisonment, ten years’ supervised release, and a $100 special assessment, following his plea of guilty to possession of child pornography – that is, still images and video images of two minors, ages 15 and 17. The minor victims were children known to Ridder.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."
The case was investigated by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, which has a detective assigned to the Federal Bureau of Investigations Metro East Cybercrime Task Force. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Ali Summers and Stephen Clark.
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Former Shelby County Man Agrees to Plead Guilty to Illegally Accessing Women's Computers to Obtain Explicit Photographs

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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Alabama

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Former Shelby County Man Agrees to Plead Guilty to Illegally Accessing Women's Computers to Obtain Explicit Photographs

BIRMINGHAM – Federal prosecutors today charged a former Shelby County resident with illegally accessing e-mail and cloud storage accounts of at least 50 women to obtain personal data, including explicit photographs, announced acting U.S. Attorney Robert O. Posey and FBI Special Agent in Charge Roger C. Stanton.
In a one-count information filed in U.S. District Court, the U.S. Attorney’s Office charges KEVIN M. MALDONADO, 35, now living in North Carolina, with intentionally accessing the Gmail account of K.M., and the documents and images therein, without her permission in order to invade her privacy. Maldonado has agreed to plead guilty to the charge. Prosecutors filed a plea agreement, under seal, in conjunction with the charging document.
The information charges that Maldonado was able to get into the accounts of K.M. and the other women by obtaining their logins and passwords through a “phishing” attack, or by using open-source information or information obtained from the victims to determine their login and password information, or to answer security questions necessary to reset their login and password information. Maldonado knew some, but not all of the women victimized, according to the charges.
“Predators use the internet to target innocent victims,” Posey said. “We continue to work with our law enforcement partners to track and prosecute online criminals, but anyone who has an e-mail or other online account should protect themselves by protecting their login and password information. Don’t share it with friends or acquaintances or respond to unsolicited requests for that, or other personal information.”
“This case is a good reminder for all of us to maintain good computer security practices,” Stanton said. “Always be cautious of unsolicited telephone calls, e-mails and text messages, especially those asking you to supply account information. If you feel you have been a victim of a computer crime, please report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint center,www.IC3.gov.”
Maldonado phished for some of the victims’ login and password information by creating fictitious e-mail addresses and posing as an administrator for an e-mail provider, according to the information. Using the fictitious e-mail addresses, he sent the victims e-mails telling them their accounts may have been compromised and requesting their passwords.
Once the defendant accessed the victims’ accounts, he downloaded their data, including personal identifying information and personal photographs and videos, including images of the victims nude, partially nude, or engaged in sexual activity, according to the information.
In at least one instance, Maldonado responded to an e-mail from a victim’s contact, posing as the victim, and requested explicit photographs, according to the information. Maldonado organized and catalogued, by victim, the information he obtained through unauthorized computer access and stored the information on an external hard drive, the information charges.
The maximum penalty for unauthorized computer access in furtherance of an invasion of privacy is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The FBI investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Erica Barnes is prosecuting.
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John Adams on the Vital Roles of Religion and Morality to Liberty

From The Founders, Religion and Government:




"Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People in a greater Measure than they have it now, They may change their Rulers and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty. They will only exchange Tyrants and Tyrannies."
~ John Adams, Letter to Zabdiel Adams (June 21, 1776) 




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