BOSTON — Federal authorities are charging a Massachusetts District Court judge and a trial court officer with obstruction of justice and other crimes, according to an indictment obtained by 5 Investigates.
Judge Shelley M. Richmond Joseph was suspended without pay Thursday, just hours after the federal indictment was announced.
Joseph and Wesley MacGregor, the trial court officer, are accused of conspiring to prevent Immigration and Customs Enforcement from taking an immigrant into custody at Newton District Court on April 2, 2018.
The immigrant, who had been deported twice before, was arrested four days earlier for narcotics possession and being a fugitive from justice in Pennsylvania. When his fingerprints were taken, ICE became aware of the arrest.
ICE issued an order for a federal immigration detainer and sent an officer to the courthouse.
In the courtroom, Joseph ordered the courtroom recording device to be turned off for 52 seconds in order to conceal a conversation about getting the immigrant out of the courthouse, the indictment said.
Here’s the top of the indictment of a judge and court officer – accused of helping a defendant evade ICE agents. Both are charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice & obstruction of a fed proceeding. Only the court officer is charged with perjury. #wcvbpic.twitter.com/LiKlDSZeGv
According to the indictment filed by U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling’s office, MacGregor agreed with the immigrant’s defense attorney to release the immigrant through a rear door in order to evade the federal officers. Joseph participated by creating a pretext for the immigrant to be brought downstairs for “further interview” so he could be released through that door, the indictment said.
Joseph and MacGregor face charges of obstruction of justice, conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of a federal proceeding, the indictment said. MacGregor is also charged with perjury on suspicion of giving false testimony to a federal grand jury that was reviewing the case.
“The allegations in today’s indictment involve obstruction by a sitting judge, that is intentional interference with the enforcement of federal law, and that is a crime,” Lelling said. “We cannot pick and choose the federal laws we follow, or use our personal views to justify violating the law.”
Both were allowed to surrender themselves to face the charges, Lelling’s office said. They are expected to appear in federal court for a hearing Thursday afternoon.
Gov. Charlie Baker had previously called for Joseph to be removed from the bench.
Armenian Genocide: Mothers and children forced into migration before death by starvation, illness and murder. Refugee line on street
Editorial: Our Path to Justice is Set by Our Roots
Our path to justice is set by our roots
The White House, once again, opted to side with Turkey and continue its complicity in Ankara’s campaign to deny the Armenian Genocide. Furthermore, President Donald Trump chose to ignore the will of 49 states of our union that have justly and rightfully recognized the Armenian Genocide, and issued a statement on Wednesday further cementing the administration’s tone deaf to this issue.
However, as Armenians around the world commemorate the Armenian Genocide, they will be joined by the people and government of France, which, for the first time, is commemorating the Genocide as a national day of remembrance. France joins Argentina and other countries whose leaders have seen beyond Turkey’s arrogance and lies and have marshaled their citizens to stand on the side of truth and justice.
Few weeks after President Emanuel Macron of France announced his intention to declare April 24 a national day of commemoration for the Armenian Genocide, Italy’s Chamber of Deputies overwhelmingly adopted a resolution recognizing the Genocide, joining a growing list of European countries to advance an agenda that values humanity and human rights.
The Armenian people’s struggle to attain international recognition for the Armenian Genocide, which began in earnest in 1965—the 50th anniversary—has morphed into not only legislatures and presidents acknowledging the truth, but also in some instances governments taking responsibility for their role in advancing the Ottoman Empire’s state policy to eradicate Armenians. The resolution adopted by Germany’s Bundestag a few years ago demonstrated the willingness of nations to come to terms with their pasts.
Ankara believes that perpetuating this lie will somehow make the events of 1915 disappear. Then again, if Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recognizes the Genocide, he would have to rethink his current policies of silencing its own population, which mirror the strategies employed by his predecessors when they set out to destroy the Armenian population.
The will of the people to advance the cause of justice for the Armenian Genocide has not wavered and that will has only proliferated around the world, most notably in Turkey, where for the past several years concerned Turks are joining Armenians to not only commemorate the Armenian Genocide but demand justice from their government. Garo Paylan, an Armenian member of the Turkish Parliament representing the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), called on his fellow lawmakers to take up the issue of the Armenian Genocide in Turkey’s Grand National Assembly. The mere mention of this a few years back from the dais of Turkey’s legislature would have resulted in his arrest and much worse.
The fact remains that stories of survivors that over the last century or so have been passed down to younger generations have cemented the Armenians’ will to not only survive adversity but to advance the cause of justice. Although we faced similar horrors at the hands of Azerbaijanis when beginning in 1988 and in response to Artsakh liberation movement, they carried out systematic massacres of Armenians in Sumgait, Baku, Kirovabad, Maragha and Shahumian, employing the same vile and brutal tactics as their Turkish cousins, our resilience as a nation proved to be a potent force against the perpetrators who were advancing a genocidal policy. Artsakh was liberated and is now the crucial link in the chain that is the Armenian Cause and the aspirations of the Armenian Nation.
Today all facets of our society have lined up behind the truth. Publications such as The New York Times, the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, which a decade or so ago hesitated—and refused—to use the word “genocide” to describe the events of 1915 have all called on the White House to recognize the Armenian Genocide. Public schools are including the study of the Armenian Genocide in their curricula, while historians are tackling the issue from various angles and perspectives to paint a more accurate picture of the 20th century.
All of these advances have happened because the Armenian people have been adamant and they have parlayed their righteous convictions into decisive action to advance and pursue the Armenian Cause.
As we remember the victims of the Armenian Genocide and those who perished in similar massacres before and after 1915, we must be cognizant that our collective will to right the injustices of the past is a potent catalyst in advancing our cause and brick-by-brick shattering the wall of lies and silence that continue to stand in the way of recognition, reparations and restitution for the Armenian Genocide and the ultimate aspiration of our Nation—a Free, United and Independent Armenia.
Media trust ranker NewsGuard launches in UK by greenlighting tabloids, adding ex-NATO chief to board
NewsGuard, the trust-rating outfit that continues to approve of US media that spread the Russiagate conspiracy theory, has expanded operations to the UK and added a former NATO chief to its advisory board.
Announcing its UK debut on Wednesday, NewsGuard bragged about including Anders Fogh Rasmussen to their advisory board, describing him only as “former prime minister of Denmark.” While he did serve in that capacity between 2001 and 2009, his most recent public office was secretary-general of NATO (2009-2014), which NewsGuard omits from their tweet – but not from the Advisory Board page.
Rasmussen’s colleagues on NewsGuard’s board include former US Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden, as well as the self-described former “chief propagandist” for the US government Richard Stengel.
Other new additions to the board are Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Richard Sambrook, former “Director of Global News for the BBC” who now provides “editing and editorial guidance” for NewsGuard’s “nutrition labels.”
Those labels rank news outlets оn a number of categories, which are then combined into a trustworthiness score, expressed as a green checkmark or red “x.” There is a certain pattern in which kinds of outlets get the former and which get the latter.
Three major UK tabloids – The Sun, the Daily Mirror, and the Daily Star – all got an overall “green” rating, for instance. While NewsGuard claims to be rating outlets rather than individual articles, if you have their extension installed in your browser (and it comes by default with Microsoft’s Edge), you’ll see a NewsGuard symbol next to actual story headlines in your searches.
Media critic John Nolte of Breitbart – in the “red” category just like RT – pointed out on Monday that NewsGuard’s seal of approval can be found on nine of the top 12 debunked stories pushing the ‘Russiagate’ conspiracy theory. He provided screenshots.
Even after the 448-page report by special counsel Robert Mueller spelled out “no collusion” between US President Donald Trump and Russia, multiple mainstream media outlets that have pushed this conspiracy for almost three years have refused to apologize or correct their reporting, claiming instead it was “mostly” proven correct.
“That big, green checkmark of approval still sits next to some of the most misleading stories in history,” Nolte wrote, adding, “In all my decades of following the media, I have never seen a more Orwellian attempt to mislead people by deliberately labeling lies as truth and truth as lies.”
Tomorrow is a big day for Korea. The first face-to-face summit of Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un takes place.
At the same time the 2nd annual Belt and Road Forum kicks off in Beijing.
This meeting between Putin and Kim has been in the works for a while but rumors of it only surfaced last week. But don’t let the idea that this was put together at the last minute fool you.
The future of Korea could be decided by these two men tomorrow.
I know that sounds bold. But hear me out.
And while no one seems to think this meeting is important or that anything of substance will come from it I do. It is exactly the kind of surprise that Putin loves to spring on the world without notice and by doing so change the board state of geopolitics.
Russia’s entrance into Syria in 2015, two days after Putin’s historic speech at the U.N. General Assembly
2018’s State of the Union address where he announced hypersonic missiles, embarrassing the U.S. Militiary-Industrial Complex which accelerated the Bolton Doctrine of subjugating the world
Flying 2 TU-160 nuclear-armed bombers to Venezuela, creating panic in D.C. leading to the ham-fisted regime change operations there.
Nationalization of Yukos.
The operation to secure Crimea from U.S. invasion by marines aboard the U.S.S Donald Cook during the Ukrainian uprising against Viktor Yanukovich.
Both Putin and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping are angry at the breakdown of the talks in Hanoi back in February. It was clear that everyone expected that meeting to be a rubber stamp on a deal already agreed to by all parties involved.
In fact the two meetings between Kim and Trump were only possible because Trump convinced them of his sincerity to resolve the ‘denuclearization’ of North Korea which would clear a path to rapid reunification.
It’s why they went along with the U.S.’s increased sanctions on North Korea as administered through the U.N. in 2017.
That John Bolton and Mike Pompeo destroyed those talks and Trump was unwilling or unable (who cares at this point, frankly, useless piece of crap that he is) to stop them embarrassed and betrayed them.
They are now done with Trump.
He’ll get nothing from either of them or Kim until Trump can prove he’s in charge of his administration, which he, clearly, is not.
And they will be moving forward with their own agenda for security and Asian economic integration. So I don’t think the timing of this meeting with that of the Belt and Road Forum is an accident.
And that means moving forward on solving the Korea problem without Trump.
It is clear from the rhetoric of Putin’s top diplomat, the irreplaceable Sergei Lavrov, that Russia’s patience is over. They are no longer interested in what Trump wants and they will now treat the U.S. as a threat, having upped their military stance towards the U.S. to that of “Threat.”
If Bolton wants anything from Russia at this point he best be prepared to start a war or piss off.
This is also why Russia took the gloves off with Ukraine in the run up to the Presidential elections, cutting off energy and machinery exports with Ukraine.
None of them truly understand the fires they are stoking and simply believe in the Manifest Destiny of the U.S. to rule the world over a dim and barbaric world.
Putin, Xi, Rouhani in Iran and Kim in North Korea are pragmatic men. They understand the realities they live in. This is why I see Putin willing tomorrow to sit down with Kim and flaunt the U.N. sanctions and begin the investment process into North Korea that should have begun last year.
Putin would not be making these moves if he didn’t feel that Bolton was all bark and no bite when it came to actual war with Russia. He also knows that Germany needs him more than he needs Germany so despite the feet-dragging and rhetoric Nordstream 2 will go forward.
Trade is expanding between them despite the continued sanctions.
Putin may be willing to cut a deal with President-elect Zelensky on gas transit later in the year but only if the shelling of the LPR and DPR stops and he guarantees no more incidents in the Sea of Azov. This would also mollify Merkel a bit and make it easier for her politically to get Nordstream 2 over the finish line.
There are moments in history when people go too far. Bolton and Pompeo went too far in Hanoi. He will pay the price now. Putin and Kim will likely agree to something in Vladivostok that no one is expecting and won’t look like much at first.
But the reality is this summit itself marks a turning point in this story that will end with the U.S. being, in Trump’s transactional parlance, a “price taker” since it has so thoroughly failed at being a “price maker.”
It should be remembered that Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor (and subsequent U.S. entry into WW2) was predicated on the illegal blockade of oil and gas imports to that energy deficient nation.
Full-blown Economic War
By attempting to force Iran’s oil and gas exports down to zero, the United States is committing an economic war crime. Trump is also undermining necessary trade relationships to the great detriment of the Iranian people. As follows:
The Trump administration has no right or authority to tell other nations who they can do business with. To even attempt to dictate the energy partners of other countries smacks of the height of imperial hubris and arrogance of American exceptionalism.
Each of the unlawful sanction regimes imposed by Trump is nothing short of warmongering by way of financial terrorism and economic sabotage.
It seems that only the American people are either unaware or clueless about the gravity of this rapidly developing international catastrophe.
How would the USA respond to another nation were it to hurt American trade and commerce via strangling economic sanctions and severe financial assaults?
Really, would the American people stand for such brazen and reckless acts of economic warfare for even one moment?!
Well, that’s exactly what the Neocon warmongers are doing to sovereign states that do not follow our dictates concerning Iranian oil and gas imports.
This deteriorating situation will have quite serious consequences for all parties involved, but especially for the United States.
By pushing the adversely affected countries further away from the U.S. orbit, there is the greatly increasing risk that the US petrodollar will be replaced as the world’s reserve currency. When that happens, everything changes in a day and a night.
Russia, China, India, Iran, Iraq, Venezuela and other nations and energy producers are gradually replacing the petrodollar with other forms of exchange. This ever-intensifying dynamic spells D I S A S T E R for the USA.
And, this is just one of the serious problems associated with these highly misguided and fateful policies foisted on the international trading community.
Misguided by who?
Which begs the question: who is advising Trump?
There’s only one reason why Trump left the Iran nuclear deal: Israel demanded it.
And Trump gladly accommodated PM Netanyahu.
Which begs another question: Why is Israel dictating U.S. foreign policy, especially in matters that could literally trigger the hot phase of World War III? (the whole planet has been mired in the cold phase of WW3 since the false flag terror attacks of 9/11)
The existence of a White House war cabinet of Neocon warmongers is proof positive that Trump’s foreign policy has been completely hijacked by Israel.
Just who are they? Here’s a short list of the most influential Neocons steering Trump in an exceedingly dangerous direction.
Mike Pence — Vice President
John Bolton — National Security Advisor (United States)
Mike Pompeo — Secretary of State
Gina Haspel — Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Dan Coats — Director of National Intelligence
Elliot Abrams — United States Special Representative for Venezuela
Jared Kushner — Senior Advisor to the President
Elan Carr — Special Envoy To Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism
It’s absolutely crucial for the American people to come to grips with this perilous situation.
The U.S. can no longer function as the sole superpower in a unipolar world that’s quickly morphing into a multipolar planet where “might does not make right”.
The sooner Washington wises up to this reality, the more gentle will be the fall when the market crash does come. And there’s simply no stopping the upcoming economic collapse that has been artificially postponed with every trick in the Goldman Sachs playbook.
Because the vast majority of Americans have been AWOL throughout this burgeoning crisis, there does not exist the critical mass of citizens to stop the warmongering that’s deemed necessary to prop up the perpetual war economy.
As long as the Military-Industrial Complex reigns supreme in determining this nation’s priorities, only war will result. And, the ever-increasing defense budgets approved by Trump stand as a clear testament to this unfortunate fact of life.
The stark reality is that the Pentagon has seen enormous appropriations for DoD under this administration as previous constraints are exploding annually.
Where’s this all going?
Frankly, the Neocons are hellbent on taking the country south. The Israel-directed warmongers infesting the West Wing intend to entangle the USA is so many armed conflicts it will seem as if the community of nations is mired in the Third World War.
By relentlessly and reprehensibly destroying the economy of Iran, the U.S. is alienating nations large and small. While many may appear to support the Washington consensus, when the tables do turn, they will leave the Yankee reservation in a New York minute.
After decades of watching Washington wage so many unprovoked wars of naked aggression, the world community of nations is quite tired of it all. And, they will turn on their imperialistic masters when the circumstances allow.
This is “Why is the Trump administration’s foreign policy so dangerous to Americans?” And, why the intention to force a regime change in Iran is truly an “epic blunder” of catastrophic proportions.
It’s the Patriot Movement on the Right that needs to get this message to Trump.
Executing coups and doing regime change, crashing foreign economies and conducting financial terrorism is not why the Right voted for Trump. He was put into the Oval Office to do quite the opposite…as he promised many times to do.
Therefore, it’s time to hold Trump’s feet to the fire. Should he further succumb to the destructive Neocon influences that surround him, he risks a legacy defined by war and rumor of war, economic collapse and financial hardship the world over.
President Trump was elected to MAGA, not MIGA. It’s high time he abandoned those ill-advised policies and initiatives that don’t serve MAGA—post haste!
The Flint water crisis began in 2014 after the city switched the Flint River as its drinking water source to save money. (Photo: George Thomas/Flickr/cc)
Flint Residents ‘Will Get Their Day In Court’ After Federal Judge Rules They Can Sue EPA Over Water Crisis
“These lies went on for months while the people of Flint continued to be poisoned.”
by Julia Conley, staff writer Common Dreams
As Flint, Michigan, marks five years since the city’s deadly water crisis began, a federal judge ruled in favor of residents who want to sue the federal government for not acting promptly to ensure the city had clean drinking water.
Residents filed suit against the EPA in 2017, demanding $722 million in damages and arguing that the agency was able to inform the city that its drinking water was contaminated months before it finally issued an emergency order.
“These lies went on for months while the people of Flint continued to be poisoned,” Judge Linda Parker, an Obama appointee, wrote in her ruling Friday.
The EPA was notified that Flint was using a contaminated drinking water source—the Flint River—in mid-2015, when a whistleblower wrote in a memo that the water contained lead. But the agency didn’t issue an emergency order to protect residents for another seven months.
By that time, residents of the majority-black city had been drinking the tainted water for a year and a half.
City officials began drawing drinking water from the river in April 2014, switching from Detroit’s system to save money. Residents began complaining of rashes, hair loss, and other health concerns almost immediately, and reporting that the water was brown and had an unpleasant taste and odor—but the city insisted the water was safe.
“This ruling will shake up the EPA, which has refused to accept responsibility in causing the catastrophe.” —Michael Pitt, attorney
State regulators continued telling residents that the water was safe for drinking even after a group of doctors reported in September 2015 that they had detected high levels of lead in children’s bloodstreams. The EPA issued its emergency order in January 2016 and claims that it lacked the authority to take action sooner because of the state’s decision-making.
As residents are arguing in their lawsuit, the agency’s inspector general reported later that year that under the Safe Drinking Water Act, in the event of state inaction “the EPA can and should proceed with an [emergency] order” to protect the public “in a timely manner.”
“The lead-contaminated public water supply system will affect the residents for years and likely generations to come,” Parker wrote. “The acts leading to the creation of the Flint Water Crisis, alleged to be rooted in lies, recklessness and profound disrespect have and will continue to produce a heinous impact for the people of Flint.”
Michael Pitt, a lawyer for the 1,700 residents who filed the suit in 2017 praised Parker’s decision.
“This ruling will shake up the EPA, which has refused to accept responsibility in causing the catastrophe,” said Pitt. “The EPA is mandated by Congress to be a watchdog over state environmental operations and is required by law to take over drinking water systems when a significant public health risk becomes apparent.”
The ruling is the latest victory for victims of the crisis, which was linked to at least 12 deaths from Legionnaires disease and put residents, especially children, at risk for long-term neurological and cognitive disorders. Earlier this month a class-action lawsuit against former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder was allowed to proceed, and an appellate court ruled in January that city and state officials can be sued as well.
Health hazards from 5G cell towers going mainstream; new calls for protection against radiation pollution
by Tracey Watson
(Natural News) Like it or not, 5G (fifth generation) cellular technology will be up and running in your area soon. Experts believe that by 2020 virtually every country on the planet will have switched to this technology. Service providers boast that 5G will revolutionize the ‘Net, increasing download speeds by 100 times when compared to 4G technology. And 5G will likely facilitate more stable connections and greater capacity.
In simple terms, this means that several people in a household will comfortably be able to run high-demand applications simultaneously, and a full HD movie will take less than 10 seconds to download.
As reported by CBS San Francisco, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the cellular service providers themselves all insist that this technology is safe. But studies have found that 5G poses a serious threat to the health of the community, and anecdotal evidence of people who have developed tumors after exposure to even older generations of wireless technology has begun to mount. More and more people are starting to stand up and demand that regulatory bodies impose measures to protect people from exposure to the radiation emitted by cellular devices – exposure which will increase dramatically when 5G is rolled out across the country.
CBS reported that residents of the East Bay area of San Francisco recently scheduled a town council meeting to challenge local government to take steps to protect residents from radiation exposure.
This neighborhood is just one of many across the country that has decided to take a stand against the rollout of 5G in their area.
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Ellie Marks is an East Bay resident who became outspoken about the dangers of cellular radiation after her husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2008. The tumor was located on the right side of his head, exactly where he regularly held his cellphone to his ear. Marks had been a prolific cellphone user since 1986.
“He used it all the time; held it right to his right ear and the tumor developed right where he held the phone,” Ellie Marks noted.
Though Marks survived the tumor, the cancer scare mobilized his wife to speak up publicly in countrywide tours about the dangers of cellphone use and radiation exposure from other wireless devices.
It all has to do with the type of radiation that’s emitted from 5G – radiation that penetrates human skin more aggressively than any other type of radiation currently emitted from consumer electronics. It’s actually in the same frequency range as what’s blasted by the naked body scanners present at American and British airports.
“Today’s cellular and Wi-Fi networks rely on microwaves – a type of electromagnetic radiation utilizing frequencies up to 6 gigahertz (GHz) in order to wirelessly transmit voice or data,” explains theEnvironmental Health Trust (EHT) about the difference.
“However, 5G applications will require unlocking of new spectrum bands in higher frequency ranges above 6 GHz to 100 GHz and beyond, utilizing submillimeter and millimeter waves – to allow ultra-high rates of data to be transmitted in the same amount of time as compared with previous deployments of microwave radiation.”
Local government agencies generally shrug their shoulders and say they can do nothing about 5G being rolled out in a given area because the safety of cellphone towers is regulated at the state and federal level. Nonetheless, people like Ellie Marks believe that standing up and speaking out is the only way to secure protection from the dangerous effects of 5G radiation.
Thousands of Former Boy Scout Leaders Face Child Sex Allegations; Names Expected to Be Released Tuesday
An attorney claims the BSA has files of child abusers within their ranks, going back to the 1940s
Alarming new claims have surfaced against the Boy Scouts of America, accusing thousands of leaders, who have since been removed from the organization, of abuse.
Though allegations came to light Monday night, a victims’ rights attorney who compiled a list of former Boy Scout leaders accused of abuse in New York held a press conference Tuesday morning to discuss the alleged widespread pattern of abuse within the scouting organization and to ask victims to come forward.
The victims’ rights attorney, Jeff Anderson, called it a system of denial and cover-ups. He claims the Boy Scouts have files on child abusers within their ranks dating back to the 1940s.
“For many, many years there’s been an excavation of what are called the ‘perversion files’ — those are files held and hoardered at the Boy Scouts of America headquarters,” Anderson said during Tuesday’s press conference, adding that “those ‘perversion files’ that they’ve had reflect that they have removed thousands of offenders of childhood sexual abuse over the years and they’ve kept that in files secretly.”
New Boy Scouts of America Sex Abuse Allegations Surface
The claims are alarming, not only because of the nature, but also the sheer number of them. Michael George reports.
The knowledge of the files themselves is not new, as outlets including NBC have previously reported on them. An Oregon judge ordered their release in 2012 after they were shown to a jury in a civil suit.
However, the number of alleged perpetrators found in the files is new, according to Anderson. He said, citing testimony by a professional retained by the BSA to audit the files, that there were 7,819 suspected perpetrators, while the number of victims total 12,254.
“That is a number not known before today or ever revealed by the Boy Scouts of America,” he said.
Anderson said his law firm managed to identify 130 former BSA leaders in New York who are found in the files that have so far been made available. According to Anderson, the list of alleged abusers was compiled into what he called the “Anderson File,” but said the list of names is incomplete.
The BSA never released the names of the alleged perpetrators to the public or authorities, Anderson claimed.
“The bad news is that this is far from a full disclosure,” he said, adding “we had to sound the alarm.”
Boy Scout’s Parents Blast Alleged Killer
A judge blasted the accused killer of a 12-year-old Boy Scout in front of the child’s family and friends Tuesday, arguing the man’s latest refusal to take a plea deal in the DWI crash was just another delay tactic. Greg Cergol reports.
According to Anderson, it is not clear at this point whether the accused are even alive, let alone where they might live, whether they are involved in activities with children or if they have criminal records.
Bridie Farrell, a survivor of abuse and co-founder of NY Loves Kids, an organization that aims to create a safer New York by speaking out about child sexual abuse, was also present at the press conference.
“As someone who has been talking about childhood sexual abuse, I’ve known of the ‘perversion files’ and the Boy Scouts of America problem for years now,” she said. “But when I spoke with Jeff and he told me these numbers, numbers of 7,000 and 12,000, I was shocked.”
Attorneys in New Jersey also scheduled a news conference Tuesday, where they plan to release the names of 50 Boy Scout leaders named in the files who worked in the state.
Anderson plans to file multiple lawsuits against the Boy Scouts on behalf of the victims and demands the organization hand over their files, including names of those accused of abuse.
Although Anderson must wait to file suit because the Child Victims Act is not effective until Aug. 14, he said he couldn’t wait any longer and wanted to make the information he received public. The legislation essentially erases the statute of limitations to report a crime of childhood sexual abuse.
Boy Scouts Welcomes First Class of Girls
For the first time in over a century, the Boy Scouts of America has welcomed their first class of girls into the newly renamed Scouts BSA program. Katherine Boggs, 16, of Folsom, California, is ready to become a third-generation Scout.
The Boy Scouts of America told News 4 in a statement that they “care deeply about all victims of child sex abuse and sincerely apologize to anyone who was harmed during their time in Scouting.”
“We believe victims, we support them, and we have paid for unlimited counseling by a provider of their choice. Nothing is more important than the safety and protection of children in Scouting and we are outraged that there have been times when individuals took advantage of our programs to abuse innocent children,” the statement reads in part.
It continues: “At no time have we ever knowingly allowed a sexual predator to work with youth, and we mandate that all leaders, volunteers and staff members nationwide immediately report any abuse allegation to law enforcement.”
Cell Tower Removed from School After Multiple Students and Teachers Diagnosed with Cancer
After close to a dozen people attending and living near a school with a cell tower inside the campus have been diagnosed with cancer, parents and officials have had the tower removed.
By Matt Agorist – TheFreeThoughtProject.com
Ripon, CA — As 5G technology begins to roll out across the country, it is being met by a massive wave of resistance over concerns that it can cause health problems. While 5G is still relatively new, concerns over 4G and older technology still persist as well. A school in California has taken things to the next level and removed a cell tower from their campus after several students and teachers were diagnosed with cancer.
Since 2016, four students and three teachers have been diagnosed with different forms of cancer at Ripon Elementary. Also, two smaller children — too young to attend school — who live near the school tower, have been treated for a malignant tumor and leukemia, and a 22-year-old former student has recently undergone surgery for a brain tumor.
“I think it is admirable,” Monica Ferrulli, a parent of one of the children with cancer said. “I was actually very hopeful at first but after going to school district meetings I had lost a lot of hope. We have eliminated one factor that could cause the students to be unsafe.”
Ferrulli’s son, who attends Ripon elementary, spent two years trying to get the district to remove the tower after her son was diagnosed with brain cancer.
Various studies have concluded the electromagnetic fields created by cell towers can cause cancer. The American Academy of Pediatrics has advised parents to limit their children’s use of cell phones.
The school district and Sprint have cited independent tests showing the tower met safety standards. Parents have said it’s possible the different pediatric cancer cases near the school site could be tied to another cause.
According to Ferrulli, the school district has collected samples to test the soil and water at Weston.
On the website for Ripon Unified School District, administrators noted that Sprint is complying with their request, saying, “Sprint has turned off the cell tower at Weston Elementary School and is moving forward with leasing, permitting and deploying a new site.”
While the Sprint tower in Ripon is not 5G, concerns over this newer technology still persist and similar movements to block 5G have taken place across the country.
“The cell towers are called small cell towers, but they are not so small when they are in your front yard,” said Donna Baron, a resident of Montgomery County, Maryland who is actively protesting the installation of 5G in her town.
“This will cause cancer,” she said.
Concerns over cell phone radiation have been around since the advent of the technology. It is a fact that cell phones emit radiation. It is also a fact that this radiation can be absorbed by the human body from prolonged exposure.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified radio frequency fields from cell phones as possibly carcinogenic to humans. IARC interprets the classification as meaning there is limited evidence showing radiofrequency carcinogenicity in humans and less than sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental animals.
For perspective, IARC has classified the following other agents as “possibly carcinogenic to humans”: Coffee, Extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields (power line frequency), and Talc-based body powder.
Because cell phone radiation exposure is relatively new and constantly evolving, long term studies are still ongoing.
The International Cohort Study on Mobile Phone Users (COSMOS) is conducting a study which aims to conduct long-term health monitoring of a large group of people to determine if there are any health issues linked with long-term exposure to radio frequency energy from cell phone use. The COSMOS study will follow approximately 300,000 adult cell phone users in Europe for 20 to 30 years.
As TFTP previously reported, after years of being hidden from the public, cellphone radiation studies were released. In 2017, California Department of Public Health officials finally released a draft document outlining health concerns stemming from cellphone radiation — including multiple cancers and infertility.
“We have evidence of brain tumors and other head and neck tumors. We also have evidence of sperm damage in males, infertility in females,”explained Joel Moskowitz of U.C. Berkeley’s School of Public Health, who sued the state in 2016 under the California Public Records Act to obtain the information.