The central and local governments, railway companies and other organizations have called for “Pokemon Go” players to be aware of safety as reports of trouble and accidents involving players overseas have been heard one after another.
“We don’t want players to enter dangerous places or go where entry is prohibited,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference on Friday when the smartphone game became available in Japan. “Ensuring the security of important facilities is extremely crucial.”
The Nuclear Regulation Authority revealed that it issued a notice to electricity companies and relevant organizations about enforcing security to prevent “Pokemon Go” users from entering their facilities, including nuclear power plants.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday the National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity, a government body, posted a list of safety tips on the internet for “Pokemon Go” players, including children. It called for them to be wary of malicious individuals who may take advantage of those they meet through the game, as well as exercising caution when playing the game while walking.
The Pokemon phenomenon has also come up as a popular topic in business circles. “We hope players enjoy the game while paying attention to public manners and safety,” said Sadayuki Sakakibara, chairman of the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) on Friday.
In Bosnia-Herzegovina, it has been reported that some users strayed into places where there may be unexploded mines. There was also a case in which a boy playing the game on a street was shot dead by an unknown person in Guatemala.
Meanwhile, the Indonesian government issued a notice to all public officials including the military and police officers that virtually bans them from playing “Pokemon Go” when they are on duty. It insists there is concern that information on military facilities and others will be leaked through GPS data.
(c) 2016, The Japan News/Yomiuri · No Author
It’s the Coast Guard that is summoned for nautical emergencies, such as when a sailboat takes on water in the Chesapeake or a fishing boat is in trouble in the Atlantic off the Maryland coast.
But someone in the Washington, D.C., region, the Coast Guard says, has been sending distress calls for the past two years for emergencies that did not exist. The service said the caller has made 28 “hoax calls” since July 2014.
The calls originate in Annapolis, Maryland, the Coast Guard said Friday, and they are looking for whoever has been making them.
“A hoax call is a deadly and serious offense,” said Lt. Cmdr. Sara Wallace, chief of response at the Coast Guard division assigned to Maryland and the capital region.
She said nautical false alarms “not only put our crews at risk” but also endanger members of the public. “Our efforts to respond to what may be a hoax can delay us from getting on scene to a real emergency,” she said in a statement.
According to the Coast Guard, the most recent calls, made on a voice radio channel, were received Thursday at 10:27 p.m., and Friday at 1:08 a.m.
In a recording of one of the calls, a male voice can be heard intoning “Mayday, mayday, mayday.”
The voice is largely flat and expressionless.
At first, Wallace said, the Coast Guard sent searchers in response to the distress calls. But in time, she said, officials came to recognize the caller’s voice.
Nevertheless, the maydays were not ignored. Instead, Wallace said, several listeners were enlisted to reach a group decision as to whether the maydays came from the hoax caller and whether it was necessary to mount a search.
“Several people listen,” Petty Officer 3rd Class Jasmine Mieszala said, “to make sure” the Coast Guard is “not making a wrong decision in not launching” rescue vessels or aircraft.
In a statement released Friday, the Coast Guard estimated that the cost of searches prompted by the hoax calls has amounted to about $500,000.
At first, the Coast Guard said, monitoring equipment could indicate only that the calls came from somewhere along a line. Later, the service said, the number of apparent hoax calls prompted additional efforts to determine more specifically where the calls were coming from.
In its statement, The Coast Guard said making a false distress call is a felony with a maximum penalty of six years’ imprisonment, a $10,000 civil fine, a $250,000 criminal fine and reimbursement to the Coast Guard.
(c) 2016, The Washington Post · Martin Weil
NASHVILLE — A crate of marijuana shipped from Phoenix for distribution to street dealers in Nashville has been intercepted by narcotics detectives assigned to the MNPD’s Specialized Investigations Division.
Detectives on Thursday received information that the 327 pound wooden crate located at a local freight company could be tied to criminal activity. Police dog Caine checked the crate and indicated to the presence of drug odor.
Officers obtained a search warrant for the crate, which was found to contain approximately 140 pounds of marijuana. As undercover detectives watched, the crate was delivered to the scheduled address on Ryan Allen Circle in the Whites Creek area.
Tusabi Edwards, 40, of Phoenix, who detectives later learned flew into Nashville Wednesday, met the delivery driver, signed for the crate, and asked that it be placed in the garage. Edwards and co-defendant Terrence Reames, 38, of Ryan Allen Circle, then got into a car to leave the premises and were stopped by officers.
Edwards declined to be interviewed. Reames said that Edwards had come to Nashville to oversee the marijuana load. Reames said he was being paid to provide a place to breakdown the marijuana for resale on Nashville’s streets.
Edwards is being held in lieu of $200,000 bond. Reames’ bond is set at $50,000.
When Christian Garcia spotted two people having sex behind a dumpster outside the Gainesville, Florida, bar where he was working security early Thursday morning, he at first passed it off as drunken antics.
But then the University of Florida linebacker realized the woman — who was being pressed against the dumpster — was unconscious, according to CBS Miami.
“I mean, at that point, I’m like, this isn’t right,” Garcia told CBS affiliate WFOR-TV. “This girl is probably drunk, there’s no possible way she could’ve given consent.”
“I grabbed the guy by the shoulder and said, ‘Get off of her, this isn’t right,’ and the guy yelled at me like, ‘Mind your own business,’ ” Garcia said. “He pulled away from the girl, and then he got aggressive with me. He tried to throw a few punches; his friends were holding him back.”
Garcia told the Gainesville Sun that the man was intoxicated and that after swinging at Garcia, he slipped and “busted his face on the wall.”
Police have identified the man as Christopher Shaw, 34, according to NBC affiliate WTLV. Authorities have charged him with sexual battery and jailed him on a $500,000 bond.
The victim, according to a police reported cited by the Sun, had difficulty speaking, was unable to walk and struggled to keep her eyes open.
The report states that the alleged assault, which took place behind a bar called 101 Cantina, was captured on video.
“Upon viewing the videos, it is clear the victim was mentally and physically unable to give consent due to her level of intoxication,” the police report states, according to the Sun. “The victim was slumping over and unable to hold up her head. The (defendant) can be seen pushing the victim back up. . . . When pushed back up the victim’s eyes were closed, and her head fell back against the dumpster.”
The Sun reported that investigators said they “have reason to believe” Shaw may have sexually assaulted other women.
Shaw told police the woman initiated the contact by pulling him behind the dumpster while he was walking through the alley, the paper reported. Beyond kissing, he denied having sexual contact with the woman — an assertion that is “completely contradicted” by video evidence, according to police.
Citing a police report, the Sun said the victim told police she did not consent to sex and even tried to rebuff Shaw “but was physically helpless because she was going in and out of consciousness due to her level of intoxication.”
Garcia told WTLV that Shaw’s friends were present at the time of the attack.
“They were there on the other side of the dumpster,” he told WFOR-TV. “Maybe they didn’t see it, I can’t say 100 percent, but they were there.”
Garcia’s cousin, Zach Schabbel, told the station he wasn’t surprised his relative had done the right thing in a moment of crisis.
“He’s a stand-up guy,” he said. “You know, always been that way since we were babies. Like, if we’d ever get into some type of trouble, he’d always be the first one to step out and speak. He’s always been vocal. I’m not honestly surprised.”
Garcia is a walk-on player on the University of Florida football team, according to ESPN. He appeared in the team’s 41-7 loss to Michigan in last year’s Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, ESPN reported.
The athlete told WFOR-TV he had some advice for young people who are out drinking.
“It’s important that you don’t leave without any friends,” he said. “I mean, this girl, her friends had completely left her at the bar alone when she was blackout drunk.”
(c) 2016, The Washington Post · Peter Holley
State Police in Hastings request public assistance with locating 16-year-old Morgan LaRose, missing from Central Square since Tuesday July 19, 2016.
Morgan is from Arizona and was visiting family at a residence on US Route 11 in Central Square when she went missing on Tuesday.
Morgan is 5’4” tall, approximately 140 pounds, with dark hair that is purple on top and short shaved on the sides. She has multiple piercings in her ears and obvious surgery scars on her arms.
Anyone with information regarding Morgan LaRose’s whereabouts is asked to contact State Police at (315) 366-6000.
The relationship outside the classroom began over the phone, using a messenger app popular with teenagers called Kik.
She was a 15-year-old and he was her middle school speech teacher at Euless Junior High in Euless, Texas.
The pair sent messages to one another nearly every day over Christmas break, according to an arrest warrant affidavit cited by ABC affiliate WFAA. By February, they were seeing each other outside of school and engaging in a physical relationship, the victim would later tell police.
The relationship continued to escalate, and on June 2 the teenager contacted her former teacher – identified by police as 26-year-old Cornelis Smith – and told him she thought she was pregnant.
Police said the pregnancy was later confirmed using a home pregnancy test, according to WFAA.
The affidavit cited by WFAA says Smith told the teenager he would “help her if she was going to have the child or have an abortion,” but “he would have to take his wife and child to East Texas first.”
Eventually, the affidavit says, the teenager told her parents about the pregnancy and Smith called the family and confirmed that the unborn child was his, the station reported.
Last month, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported, Smith showed up at the Euless Police Department with the victim’s mother, father and aunt.
He agreed to be interviewed, according to an arrest warrant affidavit cited by the paper, and told a detective that he had briefly had sex with the teenager in the parking lot of a vacant store the month before. He said he had not used a condom but didn’t think he’d ejaculated, the affidavit noted.
Smith’s former student told a different story. According to the affidavit, she told police that their relationship had become sexual months before. She said Smith would email another teacher so that the teenager could get permission to spend time his classroom during his conference period, the paper reported. In addition to kissing and talking about oral sex, the teenager performed oral sex on Smith, she told police.
On multiple occasions during spring break, she told police, Smith came to her parent’s home and the two had sex. She noted that Smith told her he had used a condom at the time.
The Star-Telegram reported that the girl emphasized to police that “she did agree to have sex” with Smith.
The affidavit states that police were able to recover messages on the teenager’s cellphone that confirmed her story, the paper reported. By the time her family met with police, the affidavit states, her stepfather told investigators that his daughter had been to a clinic on June 13 and confirmed that she was eight weeks pregnant.
Records cited by the Star-Telegram reveal that smith turned himself in to police last month. He has been charged with sexual assault of a child under age 17 and was released on $75,000 bail.
Hurst-Euless-Bedford school district officials told the paper that Smith was a first-year teacher who was “thoroughly vetted prior to his employment, and had no offenses on his record.”
A district spokesman told the paper that he resigned from his position when it became clear that the district was beginning termination proceedings.
School officials said Euless police notified them that they were investigating a complaint that Smith was having an inappropriate relationship with a student.
(c) 2016, The Washington Post · Peter Holley
NEW YORK — Cops from the 110 Precinct in Queens recovered a Mac-10 after they observed a driver making an illegal U-Turn earlier in July.
Anti-Crime Police Officer’s Ruotolo and Lamneck were on patrol when they stopped the driver at the intersection of 126 Street and 37 Avenue. When the police officers approached the black Mercedes Benz they smelled a strong odor of marijuana.
The officers ordered the driver out of the car and further investigation led to the loaded firearm being discovered inside the vehicle.
A loaded Mac-10, a large quantity of marijuana and narcotics were found and the 34-year-old man was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Possession of Marijuana.
The Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro flunked a stress test conducted by the Australian Olympic Committee, which found uninhabitable conditions and was left scrambling to find other quarters for its first athletes to arrive in Brazil.
The AOC encountered plumbing and electrical issues that included “blocked toilets, leaking pipes, exposed wiring, darkened stairwells where no lighting has been installed and dirty floors in need of a massive clean.”
And the committee offered even more sobering details.
“We decided to do a ‘stress test’ where taps and toilets were simultaneously turned on in apartments on several floors to see if the system could cope once the athletes are in-house,” Kitty Chiller, the AOC’s chef de mission, said in a statement published in the Sydney Morning Herald. “The system failed. Water came down walls, there was a strong smell of gas in some apartments and there was ‘shorting’ in the electrical wiring.”
Chiller added that Great Britain and New Zealand encountered similar problems Saturday night, and the Herald reported that the Rio organizing committee has sent in workers. Chiller added that the AOC welcomed a decision by the International Olympic Committee to carry out stress tests throughout the village on fire alarms and plumbing.
“There are lights, beds, air conditioning, but we still lack a few details,” an unnamed official told Reuters. “There really are last-minute details to finish, but it will be done this week.”
In the meantime, the first of Australia’s 401 Olympic athletes — boxers and canoeists — were scheduled to move into the village Sunday and arrangements were being made to house them elsewhere. AOC staff is working from a hotel.
Every Olympics, these sorts of headlines crop up and, every time, the Olympics manage to go on as scheduled, so Rio and the IOC may not be in an unusual position with the Games bearing down. Two years ago, Sochi made headlines when journalists arrived for the Winter Games and began tweeting about the conditions of their quarters, which included undrinkable water, no heat and the presence of stray dogs.
And bobsledder Johnny Quinn became the first social media darling of those games when he became trapped in a bathroom and busted out — literally — through a door.
As for Rio, Chiller noted that, although “there is much work to be done,” the AOC appreciated the efforts of the IOC and Rio organizing committee to “push things along.”
(c) 2016, The Washington Post · Cindy Boren
SEATTLE — An off-duty Seattle police sergeant found herself giving life-saving CPR on the side of a Bellevue road last week after witnessing a one-car crash while she was on her way to get a haircut.
South Precinct Sergeant Ann Martin was driving through Bellevue’s Lakemont neighborhood on her way to get a haircut just before 1:30 pm on July 15th when she saw a vehicle in front of her cross over the center line in the road.
“I thought he was on his cellphone, but he stayed over the center line,” Sgt. Martin says, “which told me there was something else going on.”
When the driver veered back over the center line and crashed into a concrete barrier, the sergeant pulled over and approached the crashed car.
Inside, she found the unconscious driver, along with his 12-year-old son and their small dog.
Martin found the driver didn’t have a pulse and was struggling to breathe. With the help of another motorist, who had stopped at the scene, Martin got the man out of the driver’s seat and began CPR.
Bellevue Police and Fire Department EMTs arrived and took over treatment of the 42-year-old man.
As medics were treating the man, Martin walked over to talk to the 12-year-old. “Keep your dad in your prayers,” Martin told him. “I just wanted to say something. I just wanted him to know I did my best.”
Medics transported the man to Overlake Medical Center, where he is now recovering.
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Micah Xavier Johnson, who killed five police officers in Dallas, was increasingly drawn to black nationalist ideology and attended several meetings of the People’s New Black Panther Party.
Gavin Eugene Long, who killed three officers in Baton Rouge, said he belonged to the Washitaw Nation, an obscure black nationalist group that claims ownership to the huge swath of the United States obtained in the Louisiana Purchase.
The People’s New Black Panther Party and the Washitaw Nation have vastly different ideologies and no direct ties to each other, but they are part of a broad landscape of black nationalist groups playing a role in America’s violent summer 2016.
“There are a few big groups and a lot of little ones, and they are growing in an echo chamber where all they hear is ‘anger, anger, anger, anger, anger,’ ” said J.J. MacNab, an author and George Washington University researcher who specializes in extremism.
Some of these groups espouse extremist, anti-government views, and their numbers jumped from 113 groups in 2014 to 180 last year, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks extremism.
Ryan Lenz, an SPLC analyst, said that increase has partly been a response to a rise in white supremacist and white nationalist activity amid the racially charged environment of past two years, including the 2016 presidential campaign. For example, SPLC figures show that the number of Ku Klux Klan chapters increased from 72 in 2014 to 190 last year.
“There is tremendous racial tension in this political environment,” Lenz said. “The idea of an ‘us-versus-them’ ideology is being pushed very heavily no matter what political camp you are from.”
Analysts said it was impossible to determine exactly how many people are involved in black nationalist groups. But officials at both the SPLC and the Anti-Defamation League, which also tracks extremism, said the numbers were probably in the hundreds at most. A former FBI official who supervised domestic terrorism cases in recent years also said, “We are talking dozens of people.”
Most of the black nationalist groups have formed in response to a perception that U.S. society is deeply racist against black people. How they organize themselves and what they actually do to achieve those goals varies greatly.
Some simply seem to exist as online forums for expressing rage, often against police. One group Johnson had “liked” on Facebook was the African American Defense League, which has a photo of an arsenal of guns as its profile picture.
Even though the group has more than 1,000 likes on Facebook, Oren Segal, director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, called it “one guy with a Facebook page” and limited influence.
Following the shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., the Anti-Defamation League said the site featured a photo of Wilson with this notation: “When you find Dar¬ren Wil¬son you know what to do! Who-ever finds him knows what must be done! Take every¬thing that he took from Mike Brown.”
A similar group, the Black Riders Liberation Party, which calls for armed revolution against racism in America, has a Facebook page with more than 9,600 likes. It is run by a man who calls himself General T.A.C.O. – short for “Taking All Capitalists Out” – who calls police “pigs.”
Earlier this month, the group posted on its Facebook page in response to police killings in Louisiana and Minnesota: “It’s on in 2016! R.I.P. to Alton Sterling in La and Philando Castile in Minnesota! We need recruits everywhere! Arm yourself or Harm yourself!”
Segal said those smaller groups “orbit around” the New Black Panther Party, a black militant separatist group started in Dallas in 1989, but don’t directly coordinate their efforts with them.
Other groups are larger and more formally organized, holding meetings and attending rallies, often wearing the classic militant uniform of black clothes and a black beret. In some cases, they carry weapons.
Analysts said some of those groups, particularly the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense (NBPP) and the People’s New Black Panther Party, an offshoot formed two years ago, attempt to take prominent roles at demonstrations to create the impression that they are bigger than they actually are.
The NBPP and other black nationalist groups have attended protests over the highly publicized deaths of black men at the hands of police in Ferguson, New York, Cleveland, Baltimore and most recently Louisiana and Minnesota.
Washington Post reporters covering protests at this week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland saw a small group of protesters wearing Black Panther logos on their clothes, but they were not armed.
The People’s New Black Panther Party in Dallas and a sister organization, the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, hold semi-regular demonstrations in the Dallas area, in which members often carry long guns and dress in military clothes in a display of strength against the oppression of blacks in America, and “to let people of color know that it is legal to carry weapons,” said Babu Omowale, who said he was the group’s “minister of defense.”
“We want every black man and woman throughout the country to legally arm themselves,” he said in an interview with The Washington Post. Omowale said Johnson, the Dallas shooter, came to several of the group’s social meetings but never attended any of those armed events.
Omowale said his group and its supporters see the police as “basically a military unit inside the black community,” so when they are in public facing off in a protest against a white supremacist group, as Omowale said they did a few months ago to defend a local Nation of Islam mosque, they carry guns.
Omowale and other party members and supporters, some bearing arms, were marching at the peaceful demonstration in Dallas on the evening that Johnson started shooting.
“A few of the comrades who are part of the community got arrested — and they were basically arrested because they had on military-looking clothing,” Omowale said. “One of the brothers had a flak vest. But all of these things are perfectly legal.”
In other cases, police have accused followers of black nationalism of plotting violence. Two men who met at the Ferguson protests over the shooting of Michael Brown were convicted last year of plotting to target law enforcement with guns and bombs. FBI officials said the two men were affiliated with the NBPP, which the group denied in a statement.
Many of the leaders and organizations that make up the ongoing and nonviolent Black Lives Matter protest movement are reluctant to even discuss black militant groups, arguing that these groups are outliers and that paying them any attention only provides them vital oxygen.
“Every black person in America has an issue with the fact that the police are killing black people disproportionately,” said Kayla Reed, an organizer in St. Louis who became an activist after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson. “People have a right to identify with the movement, or say ‘black lives matter,’ but we can’t possibly be typecast based on the actions of any individual who uses a slogan.”
Reed recalled nights in Ferguson when small groups of more militant groups would often attempt to co-opt protests organized by nonviolent organizations. Members of groups such as the NBPP would show up at a demonstration and conduct interviews with members of the media in which they claimed credit for the entire gathering. Then, she said, political opponents of the protest movement would use those statements to demonize all black activism related to policing.
“The groups in our movement have been teaching and advocating nonviolent direct actions; it’s been a consistent theme since Ferguson,” Reed said. “It’s very easy to target and smear the group demanding change; it’s much harder to give us equity and actually listen to us.”
Analysts said the NBPP is the largest of the current black nationalist groups. National Chairman Hashim Nzinga recently told Reuters that his group has 36 chapters around the country, but he declined to reveal membership numbers. Phone calls and emails to the group seeking comment were not returned.
The SPLC has described the group as “a virulently racist and anti-Semitic organization whose leaders have encouraged violence against whites, Jews and law enforcement officers.”
In an official statement disavowing Johnson, the “National Central Committee” of the NBPP blamed “rabid, sick, twisted law enforcement agencies” for the recent deaths of black people by police.
The statement also noted that Johnson, a former U.S. Army soldier, received training from “your American Military.”
“The kind of training that ultimately, Mr. Johnson used against your officers in Dallas, TX,” the statement said. “White America, you must deal with what you produced, and that includes your very own racist hatred.”
The NBPP has been involved in various controversies. In 2009, the Justice Department filed civil charges accusing the group of voter intimidation in Philadelphia in the 2008 presidential election. A local NBPP leader appeared at a polling place and made what the government considered threatening and racist comments. The charges were later dropped.
The People’s New Black Panther Party, an offshoot of the NBPP that started about two years ago, is seeing “exploding” growth this summer, said Yahcanon, who said he goes by one name and is the group’s “national minister of information” as well as head of the group’s Houston chapter.
He declined to disclose how many members the group has.
Yahcanon said his group does “not condone any violence,” but “we understand when people take matters into their own hands and lash out at law enforcement.”
“Anytime you oppress a people, you’re going to have backlash,” he said.
Black nationalist groups have been around for decades protesting, and occasionally lashing out violently, against deeply rooted racism in American society. They often advocate a separate black nation and armed “self-defense” groups to protect blacks from racial oppression and violence, particularly from police.
The original Black Panther Party was founded in 1966 as a response to police brutality in California, and its members frequently clashed violently with police. But several of the group’s original members have denounced the New Black Panther Party as racist and too extreme.
Yahcanon said his group split off from the NBPP because of the same concerns. He said he believed the NBPP’s rhetoric was too violent, and his group is trying to follow the philosophy of the original Black Panthers.
“We don’t hate whites; we aren’t against anybody,” Yahcanon said.
He said his group supported the establishment a separate “Republic of New Afrika” in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and South Carolina – an idea first proposed in the 1960s. He said those state should become a black-only nation and current non-black residents “are just going to have to move out.”
Long, the Baton Rouge killer, appeared intrigued by a distinct strain of black anti-government extremism.
The Washitaw Nation is a tiny part of the sovereign citizen movement, a subculture of anti-government extremists who have declared themselves “sovereign” and not subject to any laws.
In 2014, sovereign citizens were listed as the top U.S. terrorism concern in a Department of Homeland Security-backed survey of hundreds of U.S. law enforcement officials. Sovereigns are often violent, and the FBI says sovereigns have killed at least six law enforcement officials since 2000. Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols was a follower of sovereign ideology.
An increasing number of African Americans are sovereigns. The largest group call themselves “Moorish” and often engage in elaborate scams, nuisance lawsuits and illegal squatting on properties that do not belong to them.
In the late 1990s, the Washitaw Nation became infamous across Louisiana and Texas for fraudulent schemes centered on identification cards and license plates branded with the name of the Washitaw Nation. In February, New Orleans police arrested four members of the Washitaw Nation after they illegally occupied a house and showed police a fraudulent deed they had forged.
At the time of his death, Long was carrying a Washitaw Nation identification card. Last year, he filed paperwork in Jackson County, Missouri, to change his name to “Cosmo Setepenra,” claiming that he was part of the Washitaw Nation.
A longtime friend of Long’s said he was surprised to see media reports suggesting that Long’s ties to the Washitaw Nation somehow fueled his anti-law enforcement beliefs. Felix Omoruyi, 29, of Dallas, said Moorish beliefs became trendy among their friend group of young black men several years ago.
Omoruyi, who is Nigerian American and was born in Missouri, said he himself never claimed affiliation with the Washitaw Nation or any Moorish groups. Omoruyi said Long, who traveled extensively in Africa, believed that his roots were African. He said it would not make sense for him to claim to be descended from an indigenous group in the United States.
Whatever Long’s bizarre beliefs were, he and Johnson shared some common convictions and goals, said Mark Pitcavage of the American Defamation League.
“They were both associated with fringe ideas and causes,” he said. “What they shared was a strong response to police violence against African Americans and what they perceived as unjust killings.”
(c) 2016, The Washington Post · Kevin Sullivan
ARIZONA — Four fatalities are reported following a tour bus crash near Las Vegas Sunday.
The bus and a car were involved in the accident on U.S. 93 in Arizona, just south of Vegas.
KSNV reported: ‘Early reports are that the tour bus was a Dallas Cowboys tour bus, but it is unknown if the bus might have a license to use the Cowboys name or if it was more connected to the NFL franchise. […] According to a “Road Trippin’ 2016” schedule on the Dallas Cowboys website, the bus did not have any players or cheerleaders but instead had Spagnola, a bus driver, a mascot, and a videographer on board for the 1,900 mile trip from Texas to Oxnard, Calif.’
The four victims were passengers in the car, according to KTNV, citing sources.
The Cowboys were scheduled to hold an event in Las Vegas on their way to California.
This is a breaking story. Check back for updates.
PAUL MANAFORT STATEMENT ON DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ:
“Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned over her failure to secure the DNC’s email servers and the rigged system she set up with the Clinton campaign. Now Hillary Clinton should follow Wasserman Schultz’s lead and drop out over her failure to safeguard top secret, classified information both on her unauthorized home server and while traveling abroad. Wasserman Schultz’s emails only put the Democratic Party at risk, but Hillary Clinton’s emails put all of America at risk.”
Read more HERE.
A top official with Hillary Clinton’s campaign on Sunday accused the Russian government of orchestrating the release of damaging Democratic Party records in order to help the campaign of Republican Donald Trump – and some cyber security experts in the U.S. and overseas agree.
The extraordinary charge came as some national security officials have been growing increasingly concerned about possible efforts by Russia to meddle in the election, according to several individuals familiar with the situation.
Late last week, hours before the records were released by the website Wikileaks, the White House convened a high-level security meeting to discuss reports that Russia had hacked into systems at the Democratic National Committee.
Although other experts remain skeptical of a Russian role, the hacking incident has caused alarm within the Clinton campaign and also in the national security arena. Officials from various intelligence and defense agencies, including the National Security Council, the Department of Defense, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, attended the White House meeting Thursday, on the eve of the email release.
If the accusation is true, it would be the first time the Russians have actively tried to influence an election in this manner, analysts said.
Her campaign chief, Robby Mook, told ABC News on Sunday that “experts are telling us that Russian state actors broke in to the DNC, took all these emails and now are leaking them out through these Web sites … It’s troubling that some experts are now telling us that this was done by the Russians for the purpose of helping Donald Trump.”
Trump campaign officials rejected the suggestion as absurd.
The Washington Post reported last month that Russian government hackers broke into the DNC files and pulled opposition files on Trump and gained access to other material.
The most sensational revelation so far in the emails is that officials at the supposedly impartial DNC were in fact helping Clinton during the primary. One email written May 5 to Luis Miranda, the national communications director for the DNC, from another party official suggests that the party could help Clinton by raising questions about Sanders’s faith. Other emails generally disparaged Sanders and indicated a preference for Clinton.
The emails have infuriated Sanders’ supporters, who have repreatedly accused the DNC of improperly helping the Clinton campaign during the primary . DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced she will resign this week.
“They said they were neutral, which we knew not to be true,” said Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver. “Now we have evidence in black and white that they were trying to put out negative stories about Bernie Sanders. People are very angry about these leaks, and rightfully so. There’s no doubt about that.”
Beyond Mook, DNC and Clinton campaign officials have not responded to requests for comment Friday as reporters and unnerved campaign staff tried to assess the damage caused by the release, which comes just as the party holds a nominating convention in Philadelphia designed to project unity after a bitter primary season.
The emails were released Friday on Twitter by WikiLeaks. The document dump follows a report last month by The Washington Post that Russian government hackers had penetrated the computer network of the DNC, gaining access to an entire database of opposition research, among other material.
Other emails offered details of perks provided to party donors attending the convention and other events involving Democratic officials.
On Sunday, Mook and others noted that Trump has taken positions in the campaign that seem to align with those held by Russian President Vladimir Putin. He cited Trump’s recent statement on NATO – that he might not provide assistance to member states that hadn’t contributed their financial share – as a sign that the Republican nominee is taking positions favorable to Putin.
“I think when you put all this together, it’s a disturbing picture and voters need to reflect on that,” Mook told CNN in an interview Sunday.
Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, flatly denied the insinuation, calling Mook’s comments “pure obfuscation” on ABC’s “This Week.”
“What they don’t want to talk about is what’s in those emails,” Manafort said.
Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., also weighed in.
“They’ll say anything to be able to win this,” the younger Trump said. “This is time and time again, lie after lie.”
Last month, the forensic firm CrowdStrike said two competing Russian intelligence hacker groups penetrated the DNC’s computers. In the last 24 hours, cybersecurity experts have said that the email cache released by WikiLeaks on Friday appears to have been given to the anti-secrecy group by Russian intelligence.
Thomas Rid, a professor at Kings College London, said that if Russia is behind the leak, “This tactic was a game-changer.” In a forthcoming essay to be published in VICE, he wrote: “Exfiltrating documents from political organizations is a legitimate form of intelligence work. The U.S. and European countries do it as well. But digitally exfiltrating and then publishing possibly manipulated documents disguised as freewheeling hacktivisim is crossing a big red line and setting a dangerous precedent: an authoritarian country directly yet covertly trying to sabotage an American election.”
In an interview, Rid also said that in a private chat on Twitter on Saturday, he communicated with the entity that claimed to have released the email cache to WikiLeaks.
The party, which calls itself Guccifer2, last month claimed responsibility for the DNC hack. Several independent analysts have concluded that Guccifer2, who claimed to be Romanian, is likely linked to the Russian military intelligence service.
“I quizzed him two times in a Twitter direct message back and forth and he very clearly indicated he gave the emails to WikiLeaks,” Rid said.
The apparent link to Russian intelligence raises troubling implications for U.S. foreign relations and national security. Russia has not to date tried to interfere in U.S. elections, analysts say. But if this is a deliberate effort by the Kremlin to meddle, it is worrisome, they say.
Fiona Hill, a former Russia expert on the National Intelligence Council, said putting the emails out on WikiLeaks for the world to see is consistent with her view of the modus operandi of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian intelligence.
“They’re doing what they do best,” said Hill, now a Brookings senior fellow. “They would not be doing their jobs as intelligence officers if they were not trying to outsmart their main opponent and to have influence on their politics.”
But, Rid points out, “what we don’t know is whether this is a top-down order or not.”
Eugene Rumer, a former analyst on the National Intelligence Council who left in 2014, said that, if the accusation is true, “the implication is troublesome, no question about it.”
One possibility is the Russians are trying in some way to influence the election outcome and perhaps promote Trump by embarrassing Clinton. If that is the case, “it suggests the kind of misunderstanding of American domestic politics. To think that they can affect the outcome in a country of over 300 million people, with billions spent on electoral campaigns, in a country where there is free media,” he said.
Another possibility is that this is part of an information warfare campaign that involves the release of compromising materials, or what in Russian is called kompromat. “You release dirt on me. I release dirt on you,” he said.
The Russians have made clear that they believe the United States is behind the release of the Panama Papers, which include material embarrassing to Putin. They are upset about the Olympics doping scandal, which they also believe was fomented by western intelligence agencies.
“Whoever is behind this may feel, well, you people try to tarnish our leader, we’re going to dump this and show that your politics is no better than ours,” Rumer said.
Other analysts were more circumspect. One U.S. official, who like others interviewed for this story spoke on condition of anonymity, said the email dump “would be the worst possible way to influence an election. It just seems a little clumsy. It just seems a very odd way of going about it.”
WikiLeaks is nonetheless an ideal venue for gaining exposure, other analysts say. The site, cofounded in 2006 by Julian Assange, promotes itself as an anti-secrecy organization and promises leakers anonymity.
“If you’re the Russians and you want to leak information for maximal effect, WikiLeaks is a great platform for that,” said one analyst, who spoke on condition of anonymity because his work involves studying Russian intelligence and he did not want to draw attention to himself.
Russia has intervened in other countries’ elections. For instance, in Ukraine in 2004, a Russian hacker group calling itself Cyber Berkut claimed it hacked and disabled the electronic vote-counting system of the Ukraine central election commission three days before the presidential election. The election followed the toppling of a pro-Moscow leader, a move that set off Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea.
Analysts have attributed the hack to the GRU one of the same Russian military intelligence services said to have hacked the DNC. They said that the agency created Cyber Berkut, which portrayed itself as an independent hacktivist group, but in reality was used to further Moscow’s political interests in Ukraine.
Likewise, French authorities say a cyber attack last year on the French television network TV5 Monde was carried out by Russian hackers. A group posing as ISIS-linked and calling itself “Cyber Caliphate” posted jihadist propaganda on the station’s Website – an apparent effort to deflect suspicion away from Russia – and plunged the network’s TV channels into darkness. Again, it was the GRU that was said to be behind the attack, the French authorities said. Some analysts said they believed the attack was Russian retaliation against France for backing out of a deal to sell helicopter carriers to Russia because of Moscow’s aggression in Ukraine.
Within 24 hours of the news breaking of the Russian hack of the DNC, files that purported to be from the servers began to appear online. Guccifer 2 claimed credit for the hack, and portrayed itself as independent of Russia. But a number of independent experts pointed to evidence that Guccifer 2 appeared to be linked to Russia and said they believed Guccifer 2 was trying to deflect blame from Russia.
(c) 2016, The Washington Post · Tom Hamburger, Ellen Nakashima