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Subpoena the pardoned/commuted, give them 'use immunity', and start asking hard questions...

...about pay-to-play schemes. Stuff like:

Giuliani associate told ex-CIA officer a Trump pardon would 'cost $2m’ – report

John Kiriakou, who was jailed in 2012 for identity leak, said his pursuit of a pardon came up in a meeting with Giuliani last year

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/17/rudy-giuliani-associate-john-kiriakou-trump-pardon


Some background:

Use immunity is codified in 18 U.S.C. § 6002

https://casetext.com/statute/united-states-code/title-18-crimes-and-criminal-procedure/part-v-immunity-of-witnesses/chapter-601-immunity-of-witnesses/section-6002-immunity-generally


Whenever a witness refuses, on the basis of his privilege against self-incrimination, to testify or provide other information in a proceeding before or ancillary to-
(1) a court or grand jury of the United States,
(2) an agency of the United States, or
(3) either House of Congress, a joint committee of the two Houses, or a committee or a subcommittee of either House,

and the person presiding over the proceeding communicates to the witness an order issued under this title, the witness may not refuse to comply with the order on the basis of his privilege against self-incrimination; but no testimony or other information compelled under the order (or any information directly or indirectly derived from such testimony or other information) may be used against the witness in any criminal case, except a prosecution for perjury, giving a false statement, or otherwise failing to comply with the order...


That will get more than a few people thinking hard about the prisoner's dilemma...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Tue Jan 19, 2021, 02:16 PM (3 replies)

Forget any 'Neville Chamberlain' nonsense. There can be unity only with the repentant...

...and that means on their part, acknowledging that:

1) Joe Biden is the duly elected 46th President of the United States of America.
1) Trump and his crew were/are running a criminal enterprise.
2) Those who committed crimes on the behalf of said crew need to do time.

Do that, and we'll talk- and not a moment before.
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sun Jan 17, 2021, 12:17 PM (1 replies)

What you want is a nice idea. What we'd actually *get* is Reconstruction 2.0

Remember how the original one turned out?

I'll give "a little acceptance" to the ones who make amends.

The rest need to suffer the well-earned consequences of their own actions
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sun Jan 17, 2021, 11:47 AM (0 replies)

Major NRA donor to challenge gun group's bankruptcy over alleged fraud

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/16/nra-donor-bankruptcy-dave-dellaquila-wayne-lapierre

Complaint could stop top NRA executives from discharging a substantial portion of the organisation’s debts

A major donor to the National Rifle Association is poised to challenge key aspects of the gun group’s bankruptcy filing, in an attempt to hold executives accountable for allegedly having defrauded their members of millions of dollars to support their own lavish lifestyles.

Dave Dell’Aquila, a former tech company boss who has donated more than $100,000 to the NRA, told the Guardian on Saturday he was preparing to lodge a complaint in US bankruptcy court in Dallas, Texas. If successful, it could stop top NRA executives discharging a substantial portion of the organisation’s debts.

It could also stop Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s controversial longtime chief executive, avoiding ongoing lawsuits that allege he defrauded the pro-gun group’s members to pay for luxury travel to the Bahamas and Europe and high-end Zegna suits.

LaPierre has denied the allegations of financial impropriety, insisting in a letter to NRA members that the group is “well-governed, financially solvent and committed to good governance”.


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sat Jan 16, 2021, 05:34 PM (7 replies)

Major NRA donor to challenge gun group's bankruptcy over alleged fraud

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/16/nra-donor-bankruptcy-dave-dellaquila-wayne-lapierre

Complaint could stop top NRA executives from discharging a substantial portion of the organisation’s debts

A major donor to the National Rifle Association is poised to challenge key aspects of the gun group’s bankruptcy filing, in an attempt to hold executives accountable for allegedly having defrauded their members of millions of dollars to support their own lavish lifestyles.

Dave Dell’Aquila, a former tech company boss who has donated more than $100,000 to the NRA, told the Guardian on Saturday he was preparing to lodge a complaint in US bankruptcy court in Dallas, Texas. If successful, it could stop top NRA executives discharging a substantial portion of the organisation’s debts.

It could also stop Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s controversial longtime chief executive, avoiding ongoing lawsuits that allege he defrauded the pro-gun group’s members to pay for luxury travel to the Bahamas and Europe and high-end Zegna suits.

LaPierre has denied the allegations of financial impropriety, insisting in a letter to NRA members that the group is “well-governed, financially solvent and committed to good governance”.


I've got the ghee/movie popcorn butter ready to go if anyone's making popcorn...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sat Jan 16, 2021, 05:20 PM (6 replies)

100 days of warning: inside the Boogaloo killings of US security personnel

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/15/boogaloo-killing-facebook-dave-patrick-underwood-police


Extremism experts warned that the anti-government movement was planning attacks online. Why didn’t Facebook act?


One hundred days before Dave Patrick Underwood was murdered on 29 May, a group of analysts who monitor online extremism concluded that an attack like the one that killed him was coming.

An anti-government movement intent on killing law enforcement officers had been growing rapidly on social media, the analysts at the Network Contagion Research Institute warned.

Building on the work of other analysts, the researchers had identified Facebook groups where thousands of members obsessed over the idea of an imminent American civil war called “the Boogaloo”, displaying photographs of rifles and combat equipment, sharing advice for making weapons and posting memes about killing police and federal officials. The Facebook groups were particularly dangerous, the researchers concluded, because they were helping to build local connections between nascent domestic extremists. The movement appeared to be successfully recruiting members of the US military.

Facebook responded to findings that it was “studying trends” around the use of the word “Boogaloo” on its platforms, and that it would remove any content that violated its rules against inciting hatred or violence. Over the next few months, a spokesperson said, it would remove 800 individual Boogaloo-related posts that violated its policies. But it did not ban the Boogaloo movement from its platform, or take the majority of the Boogaloo groups down...


A long read, but well worth it, imo.
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Jan 15, 2021, 10:11 PM (4 replies)

NRA files for bankruptcy, says it will reincorporate in Texas

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/15/nra-files-for-bankruptcy-says-it-will-reincorporate-in-texas.html

WASHINGTON – The National Rifle Association said Friday that it has filed for bankruptcy in U.S. court as part of a larger restructuring plan aimed at moving to Texas after New York state had sought the organization’s dissolution for allegedly misappropriating funds.

The gun-rights advocacy group said it would restructure as a Texas nonprofit to exit from what it described as “a corrupt political and regulatory environment in New York,” where it is currently registered.

“The plan can be summed up quite simply: We are DUMPING New York, and we are pursuing plans to reincorporate the NRA in Texas,” wrote NRA CEO and executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, adding that the move will have “no major changes are expected to the NRA’s operations or workforce.”

In his statement Friday, LaPierre said that the NRA is not insolvent and the move to Texas would make the organization stronger. “We are as financially strong as we have been in years,” he said...


Good luck with that, pendejos!
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Jan 15, 2021, 05:15 PM (6 replies)

Facebook knew about violent extremists before insurrection, reports find

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/01/despite-facebooks-attempts-pro-trump-events-groups-still-flourish/

Note: emphasis added

Facebook COO downplayed company's role in the insurrection; reports show otherwise.

Update, 1/14: A trio of new reports make clear that contrary to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's position, individuals were using Facebook to plan violence before last week's insurrection at the US Capitol—and that users are still doing so today...

...Violent rhetoric on Facebook remains a major problem today, Reuters reports, with threats against the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden proliferating.

A Facebook spokesperson, who asked not to be named for "security reasons," told Reuters that the insurrection at the Capitol appeared to be a "galvanizing event," and efforts on Facebook to bring Trump supporters back to Washington, DC, next week are now widespread. "Signals Facebook tracked included digital flyers promoting the events, some of them featuring calls to arms or the insignia of militias or hate groups," Reuters reports.

Several Facebook events, pages, and groups designed to bring crowds of Trump supporters to the Capitol around Biden's inauguration that we reported on below on Tuesday are still active on the site as of Thursday...


Links to the reports mentioned in the article:

Exclusive: Facebook tracking a rise in violent rhetoric tied to U.S. presidential inauguration

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-facebook-extremists-excl/exclusive-facebook-tracking-a-rise-in-violent-rhetoric-tied-to-u-s-presidential-inauguration-idUSKBN29I28L

They Used to Post Selfies. Now They’re Trying to Reverse the Election.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/14/opinion/facebook-far-right.html

Facebook Turned on Trump After Warnings That ‘Business as Usual Isn’t Working’

https://www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-turned-on-trump-after-warnings-that-business-as-usual-isnt-working-11610578907



Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Jan 15, 2021, 03:02 PM (5 replies)

What percentage of the insurrectionists are (or will be) trying to cut deals?

Before you answer:

remember that even Heinrich Himmler went around Adolf and approached the Allies when he realized the war was lost...

My take: More than you might think- as we've all seen, the right wing is an utter nest of vipers
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sun Jan 10, 2021, 07:29 PM (7 replies)

Sheryl Crow Performs "You Don't Know How It Feels" in Tribute to Tom Petty

A great cover of one of Petty's best:

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sat Jan 9, 2021, 04:29 PM (1 replies)
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