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100 Annoying and Unhelpful NPCs (That your PCs will probably murder)

Just because it’s a fantasy world doesn’t mean the inhabitants aren’t idiots, jerks, incompetent, or absent-minded.
  1. A bored guard at the western gate of the walled city tells the party that the non-noble entrance is on the southern side. There is no southern gate. “Go ahead, you can’t miss it!”
  2. A shopkeeper who keeps disappearing to the back of his shop for several minutes and keeps returning with the wrong item. “Is this it?”
  3. A town crier that only has celebrity gossip with no plot relevance. “The Impresario Raphael Vecchini is rumored to be sleeping with his wife’s sister!”
  4. A man at the tavern offers valuable information for a drink. He drinks it in one go and passes out. “Zzz”
  5. An Elven scryer whose fetish slowly takes over whatever he is scrying for the party. ”Yes, I can see the leader of the Red Hands. He’s taking off his boots and putting on high heels. His toes are nicely manicured and . . . hrrg, painted with . . . red polish.” (Hopefully not stolen from Oglaf)
  6. A talismonger who only has charms for impotence and loudly haggles if the party tries to leave. ”OK, SIR! I’LL SELL YOU THE CHARM TO FIX YOUR IMPOTENCE FOR HALF PRICE!”
  7. A thieves guild apprentice hired by the party who picks the wrong pocket. ”Not sure why you call him The Luke, but here’s Luke’s coin purse.”
  8. A nearly deaf old woman who has the only wagon in town in her yard, who doesn’t actually own the wagon and doesn’t know who does. “No the cabin isn’t for sale, I live here!” “No one can own a dragon!” (H/T to Critical Hit)
  9. An orc mercenary who trips and impales herself on her own sword at the start of the battle. ”For the glory of the-ARGH!”
  10. A captured henchman with long-term memory loss. ”Yeah, we go out and kill Clerics of Bahamut every once in a while, but I don’t remember why.”
  11. A bureaucrat who requires immaculate forms in triplicate (with stamps from three other bureaucrats) before assisting the party. ”No, you need to fill out a Form 19D to be eligible to receive a Form 37.”
  12. A pirate captain who has no treasure. ”The real treasure is the mateys ye forge along the way.”
  13. An uncorrupted prince whose only ambition is terrible poetry. ”I know my father is a withering husk and my brother is a secret Lich, but I’m just really focused on my art right now.”
  14. A fire breather who gets a coughing fit and accidentally breathes fire on the party. ”Oh sorry! Fire went down the wrong pipe.”
  15. A stealthy guide whose seasonal allergies kick in as they sneak the party into a heavily guarded area. ”ACHOO!! Damn hay fever.”
  16. A fisherman who answers any question with an unrelated big fish story. ”‘Twas a ship blacker than the eyes of that 30 foot shark I caught off Montauk.”
  17. A hunchbacked witness who only saw the villain’s shoes. ”They were brown leather. Hope that helps!
  18. A village blacksmith who only knows how to make and mend cookware. ”I suppose you could hit the goblins with this wok, it’s pretty big.”
  19. A legendary smuggler who doesn’t wash his hands and can smuggle anything that will fit in his butt. ”There’s your Ring of Giant Strength. That’ll wash right off.”
  20. A ship captain who misheard the party’s destination and doesn’t realize the error until they arrive at the wrong port. ”Ohhh, I thought you said Iron Keep, not Waterdeep.”
  21. A caravan master who underestimates travel times by 50 percent. ”I really need a better map.”
  22. A cultist who really wants tell the party the 100s long list of the elder demons of their cult. ”Bathsheba begat Beelzebub who begat Ezekiel who begat . . .”
  23. A barkeep who only speaks and understands an unknown language but understands miming ordering a drink. ”Myrklap kyd ben?”
  24. A barmaid who keeps forgetting the party’s order. ”I’m sorry, I’ll get that mead right out to you.”
  25. A bard who can’t hear the party over the sound of his drumming, including requests to stop drumming. ”SORRY, I CAN’T HEAR YOU OVER THE DRUMS!”
  26. A magical healer who only knows the Sleep spell. ”A good night’s sleep is the best medicine.”
  27. A random stranger who when questioned insists they don’t speak Common in flawless unaccented Common. ”Greatest apologies ladies and gentlemen, but I’m afraid I don’t speak Common and certainly cannot understand it. Good day!”
  28. A pair of rival potion sellers who get in a fight with each other over the party choosing one of their stalls, knocking over all the shelves and shattering all the potions. ”You spat in that healing potion, I saw it!”
  29. A librarian who shushes the party regardless of how quietly they talk. ”SHHHHH!!!!!!”
  30. A corpse that has had “Speak with Dead” cast on it that responds to every question with crying about how traumatic death is and asking for a hug. ”The spear stabbed me right in the gut and it hurt so bad!”
  31. A cable ferry operator on the other side of a river who gets distracted when the ferry is halfway and stops pulling the party across the river. ”Come here little bunny, let’s be friends! I’m gonna catch you!”
  32. A merchant selling “health potion bottles” that are just the bottle with no potion. B ”Of course they’re just bottles, I’m a glass blower not a potionist.”
  33. A rumor monger whose only information is that some idiotic newcomers have come to town and describes the party. ”A pack of rubes showed up in the city and everyone already hates them.”
  34. An angel who appears at a pivotal battle but leaves to fight an entirely different evil plot. ”Sorry, I’m here to smite Usidore the Blue, not Gragnor Darkheart. Good luck though!”
  35. A hailed ship that misreads the party’s message and departs without stopping. We don’t need rescue. Have fun at your beach party.”
  36. A Paladin ally that refuses to use stealth or cunning. ”Ronan the Accuser, I will have my vengeance!”
  37. An herbalist who offers cheap rates on potions, but will need 3 months to journey to where the needed herbs are and get back. ”Eight potions coming right up. Just need to ascend the Fangtooth Mountains, cross the Brackhaven Moors, and delve into the Caves of Madness.”
  38. A majordomo who helpfully schedules them for their master’s next available appointment in 2 years. ”You’re lucky we had one available so soon!”
  39. A dragon who obsessively reorganizes her massive hoard and can’t talk until it’s done. ”I wasted 500 years organizing by value, but now I’m thinking I should order by material type.”
  40. A pack of street urchins who cheer or boo the party incessantly wherever they go and at all hours. ”YAYYYYYYY!!!!”
  41. A tailor who lies to the party that the palace only admits visitors who wear entirely sheer clothing to ensure no hidden weapons. ”It’s ok, the whole court is basically naked.”
  42. A ferrier who only shoes donkeys due to a grudge against a horse who kicked him. ”You may be wondering why they call me Smashface The Ferrier.”
  43. A goblin artificer who only sells hand buzzers, squirting flowers, and extendo-grabbers for retrieving stuff from the floor. ”Good joke!”
  44. An exotic creatures dealer who claims to have a baby dragon, but it’s clearly a very fat iguana with fake wings. ”What do you mean you want your money back?”
  45. A courier who delivers an urgent, cash-on-delivery message to the party that’s intended for someone else. ”Lady Xiao says she loves your jade silk kimono. That’ll be two silver coins, please.”
  46. A man in the stocks who claims to be a dethroned king and offers great riches if freed. He leads the party back to his “castle,” a farmhouse, and offers them bags of lead coins minted by his “kingdom.” ”The Kingdom of Steve shall not soon forget your service to the throne!”
  47. A customer in line ahead of the party that asks to see every item and then decides not to buy anything. ”Can you check in the back?”
  48. A giant who only allows the party to pass over a bridge if they can answer his riddle. He has forgotten the riddle. ”What walks on three legs-no, that’s not it.”
  49. A carriage driver who makes a lengthy detour to retrieve his forgotten lunch from home. ”Just making a quick stop.”
  50. A bridgekeeper roused from sleep who promises to lower the drawbridge. He disappears inside the gatehouse and does not return. ”Yeah, yeah, hold on.”
  51. An artisan named Gary who created an object the party is investigating. Gary does not exist and was invented by the other artisans as a scapegoat. ”Classic Gary!”
  52. A fortune teller with a crystal ball who only shows the PC leaving her shop unhappy. ”I see you storming out and calling this a scam.”
  53. A shopkeeper who won’t accept high value coinage due to counterfeiting concerns. ”Sorry, we don’t take gold coins. Too many fakes.”
  54. A pair of horse riders who stop to chat in the middle of a narrow bridge, blocking traffic. ”Hail Akbar, what news? No, I can talk right now.”
  55. A villager who warns of a scourge descending on the village. They lead the party to a wall that has been graffitied by local teens. ”This used to be a safe village.”
  56. A trader selling a treasure map. The treasure is real, but months’ travel from the party’s current location. ”Sure it’s in Turmish, but it’s free for the taking!”
  57. A thief being chased by the authorities who tosses the stolen goods to the party and disappears. ”Catch!”
  58. A gambler who keeps adding new rules and exotic bets to the game, making it impossible to follow. ”It’s the second en banc round, so you can double your trifecta bet, or go for a lateral sidebar.”
  59. A priest who won’t stop swinging around his smoking censer, spreading noxious smoke everywhere. ”I will pray to Ilmatur to heal that cough.”
  60. A falconer who sends the party’s message via his falcon, only to have the poorly trained falcon fly away to freedom. ”Well, he’s not coming back.”
  61. A sailor who gets violently seasick all the time. ”Sorry Captain, I’ll swab the de-BLARGH!”
  62. A cook whose entire menu isn’t available but doesn’t inform the party until they order something he doesn’t have. ”Fresh out of that.”
  63. An official who pockets the party’s bribe, then doesn’t hold up their end of the deal. ”What money?”
  64. A beggar who isn’t happy with whatever aid the party offers and throws it back at them. ”I said a turkey leg, not a ham hock!”
  65. An incompetent shepherd who has blocked the road with sheep for several miles. ”Sorry, they kinda do their own thing.”
  66. A wizard who keeps accidentally casting Prestidigitation when talking with his hands and lighting the party’s clothes and hair on fire. ”Does anyone smell smoke?”
  67. A star-struck, barefoot and scrawny peasant youth who pledges their life to fight alongside the party and will not be dissuaded. ”I am but a poor peasant girl, who weighs 90 pounds soaking wet, who’s never been in a fight, cursed with hemophilia, but . . .”
  68. An improv troupe that appears one by one, dressed as a king and insisting that the party swear fealty to them and only them. ”We are Improv Faerun and - please stop booing!”
  69. A noble who never remembers the party, no matter how many quests they do for him. ”Greeting, I am Lord Dunsmuir, it’s nice to meet you.”
  70. An abandoned baby who cries loudly whenever not being sung to. The more vulgar the song, the quicker the baby stops crying. ”WAAAAHHH!!!!”
  71. A slaver who keeps making cliche office humor jokes. ”Workin’ hard or hardly workin’?”
  72. A missionary who is frustratingly vague about the tenets of his religion. *”We believe in doing what is right and uhh, doing right.”
  73. A barbarian who shouts “FIRE!” in an urban area and leads the party to a tavern hearth fire. ”Come quick! FIRE! Fire bad!”
  74. A woman who begs for help rescuing her baby who is clearly a man with a long-haired wig. No women’s clothes, no makeup, just a wig and fake-ass voice. ”My baby!”
  75. A kobold who insists a party member’s weapon belongs to him. ”Two-hand sword belong to me!”
  76. A gnoll who laughs loudly at whatever the party says, even if it’s not funny. ”Hahahahah”
  77. A troubadour who wants to follow the party and sing of their deeds, but keeps getting the details wrong. ”Omar the Paladin smote the dragon with a longbow.”
  78. A devil who has negotiated a deal with the party, but realizes she left her infernal quill that will make the deal binding back in the Nine Hells of Baator. ”I’d lose my horns if they weren’t attached to my head. Wait here for a few years?”
  79. A suitor who keeps showing up and interrupting important social or combat encounters to profess their unrequited love for a member of the party. ”Adriel, I know this battle still rages, but will you marry me?”
  80. A child who insists one of the party is their parent, even though they are the wrong race or species. ”Daddy?”
  81. A merchant who accidentally orders X cases of an item instead of X items for the party. ”Well, you gonna pay or not?”
  82. A stray animal that follows the party and pees on their shoes whenever they stop moving. ”What’s that soun-HEY!”
  83. A gentleman who demands satisfaction but insists on extremely odd or unwieldy dueling weapons. ”Very well, we meet with woks at dawn.”
  84. A duellist who challenges a party member to a duel at a dramatic but inconvenient time and location, but fails to show up. ”Guys, I don’t think he’s coming.”
  85. A monk who wants to demonstrate their power by catching a swing of a partymember’s sword with their bare hands. Cries out in pain when the sword cuts off their hand. ”Why would you do that?!”
  86. A crime lord who mumbles like a bad impression of The Godfather and is annoyed of asked to repeat himself. ”I sdidnlikyrtnfvcd.”
  87. A princess who insists the party address her through an intermediary who keeps subtly messing up their message. ”The Princess accepts your offer to rid the kingdom of the demi-rich. She also doesn’t care for the bourgeoisie.”
  88. A king who takes way too long to get to the point. ”So I tied an onion to my belt, as was the style at the time. This was back when the kingdom was mostly onion fields, as far as the eye could see. Back then you could see a punching Judy show for a copper and still have change leftover for a turkey leg.”
  89. An adventurer who constantly tries to one-up the party’s achievements. ”Oh yeah? I once fought two dragons.”
  90. A prophet who warns of a great threat that the party has already defeated. ”A dark figure threatens the realm. She wears a red cloak with the sigil of Ixumat, like the one you’re using as a tablecloth.”
  91. A Goliath who refuses to wear pants when speaking with the party. ”Stop staring, my eyes are up here.”
  92. A BBEG who is amenable to stopping their evil plot, but can’t quite grasp why it’s considered evil no matter how well explained. ”But I’m not killing them, the legions of the damned that I summoned are. Necromancers don’t kill people, undead kill people.”
  93. A pacifist who disapproves of the party using violence. ”Attacking the Slyntar the Blood Thirster makes you just as bad as Slyntar the Blood Thirster.”
  94. A brooding lone wolf who keeps loudly interjecting what a brooding loner they are into the party’s conversation with someone else. ”I don’t want to talk about my tragic backstory!”
  95. A min-maxed NPC who criticizes a similar player’s abilities. ”You use Cloud of Daggers instead of Scorching Ray? Psh, noob.”
  96. A dying hero whose requests get more complex and burdensome as their extended death goes on. ”Promise me my funeral procession will have 500 elvish ladies, each wearing a crown of golden peonies, accompanied by a 40 person orchestra.”
  97. A condescending hireling who keeps comparing the party to better adventuring parties they’ve worked for. ”QuestEx would have cleared this dungeon without a long rest, but hey, not everyone can be QuestEx.”
  98. A cat breeder who is concerned the level 1 party will hurt demand for his cats by killing all the rats in town. ”Rattin’s my business, how about you keep movin’.”
  99. An artificer who sets aside an alchemy experiment to talk to the party. The experiment starts to smoke more and more, but the artificer insists it’s fine. Eventually it explodes. ”Did you do an apprenticeship in alchemy? No? Then don’t worry about it.”
  100. A party of adventurers who keep undercutting the party in quest negotiations. ”Free market at work, bro.
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Lost in the Sauce: March 1 - 7

Welcome to Lost in the Sauce, keeping you caught up on political and legal news that often gets buried in distractions and theater. (the previous edition can be found here if you are super behind).
Edit: Someone suggested that I post the stuff that didn't make the cut in a separate piece later in the week. I try to include the most important stories in Lost in the Sauce, but I also don't want to overwhelm readers. So this week I may test an additional "add on" piece of the stories that weren't included in this post.
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Tomorrow (Tuesday) I hope to post a big piece on Trump's sabotaging of the coronavirus response, stay tuned.

Retribution and rewards

McCusker’s nomination
In November 2019, Trump nominated Acting-Comptroller at the Department of Defense Elaine McCusker to fill the position permanently, succeeding David Norquist after he was promoted to Deputy Secretary. McCusker’s confirmation seemed to be certain, until emails released in response to an FOIA request revealed that she repeatedly warned the White House’s Office of Management and Budget that Trump’s hold on Ukrainian aid violated the Impoundment Control Act and was thus illegal.
Last week Trump withdrew McCusker’s nomination, prompting accusations that the president is purging officials he deems not sufficiently loyal.
Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the ranking Democrat on the Armed Services Committee, said in a statement Monday that Ms. McCusker was “another casualty of the Trump administration’s efforts to purge public servants who put country before fealty to the president.” (NYT)
Loyalists promoted
Meanwhile, officials who assisted Trump in his pressure campaign on Ukraine and the subsequent cover-up are still in the administration. In fact, one of these individuals was just promoted: Michael Ellis, a deputy to White House lawyer John Eisenberg, is now the senior director for intelligence on the National Security Council. Ellis is described as a “Trump loyalist” for his role in two ethically, perhaps legally, questionable incidents:
  1. Ellis was reportedly involved in leaking classified intelligence to then-Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes in 2017. Several officials stated that Ellis and former NSC senior director Ezra Cohen-Watnick were attempting to find evidence to support Trump’s debunked claim that Obama had Trump Tower wiretapped.
  2. Ellis and John Eisenberg, the lead lawyer for the NSC, made the decision to move the transcript of Trump’s July 25 call to a secure server. Two witnesses testified to Congress during the impeachment inquiry that Ellis and Eisenberg moved the transcript in order to hide it from the public, hoping to avoid any potential damage to the president.
Experts are voicing their concern at placing a political appointee, a loyalist, in the senior director of intelligence position - which “traditionally has gone to a senior member of the intelligence community, such as the CIA, the State Department, or NSA. It was an apolitical position, coveted and also seen as highly career advancing” (Natasha Bertrand). Former National Security Council spokesperson Ned Price warns that Ellis will have the power to hide inconvenient or politically-damaging material from the public:
His will be a critical voice when it comes to what to share with Congress and the American people regarding what we’re learning about foreign efforts to interfere in the 2020 election. He also will be in a position to prevent dissemination of foreign intelligence that paints an especially unflattering portrait of Trump… My suspicion is that our intelligence agencies have and, going forward, will collect even more information from foreign officials pointing to Trump’s wrongdoing in his interactions with them. With Ellis in this role, we can expect Congress and the American people will be left in the dark.

Meadows in, Mulvaney Out

Via tweet on Friday, Trump announced that Mick Mulvaney would be leaving his role as White House Chief of Staff and taking the long-empty position as Special Envoy to Northern Ireland. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) will be Trump’s fourth chief of staff.
Trump’s relationship with Mulvaney has been deteriorating for a while, but the breaking point was reportedly Mulvaney’s trip out of town, to Las Vegas, in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. However, it’s important to note that Trump sent his announcement tweet while he, himself, was out of town at Mar-a-Lago while the coronavirus spreads across the country.
Meadows has his own controversial history:
Meadows also shares something else with the president, a past questioning of former President Barack Obama’s nationality. While campaigning in 2012, Meadows was asked if he would pursue an investigation to find out if Obama really is a citizen. “Yes,” Meadows responded. “If we do our job from a grassroots standpoint, we won’t have to worry about it. We’ll send him back home to Kenya or wherever it is.” (Slate)
[In 2018,] The House Committee on Ethics is still investigating Rep. Mark Meadows’ (R-NC) handling of sexual harassment complaints against his former chief of staff...the primary source of interest has been why Meadows, the Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, continued to pay his former top aide Kenny West long after complaints were made about West’s behavior and even following West’s termination… (Daily Beast)

Senate Republicans investigate Biden

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) is leading an investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden and Ukrainian company Burisma. The day after Joe Biden won the South Carolina primary, Johnson informed the committee that he plans to subpoena a consultant for a US public affairs firm that worked with Burisma.
The vote to issue the subpoena, scheduled for Wednesday, looked like it would fail when Sen. Mitt Romney told reporters that he could not support an investigation that appeared to be politically motivated. However, on Friday Romney changed his mind and will now support the subpoena after being assured that the witness will be interviewed in a closed hearing.
Johnson is planning to issue a subpoena for records to Andrii Telizhenko, the former consultant for public affairs firm Blue Star Strategies that worked with Burisma. Johnson says Telizhenko, a Rudy Giuliani ally who worked at the Ukrainian embassy in 2016 and has spread conspiracy theories that Ukraine meddled in the election in 2016, has expressed a willingness to cooperate with the Senate probe. (CNN)

McGahn case update

Two weeks ago, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that former White House counsel Don McGahn could not be forced by the courts to comply with a House Judiciary Committee subpoena. The two Republican-appointed judges wrote that the House should use political tools - like impeachment and contempt of Congress - to hold the president accountable.
Last week, House General Counsel Douglas Letter submitted a petition for the full DC Circuit Court of Appeals to re-hear the case. Letter points out that the “political tools” the court says it must use could have undesired consequences:
“The House could direct its Sergeant at Arms to arrest current and former high-level Executive Branch officials for failing to respond to subpoenas, after which the legal issues dividing the branches would then be litigated through habeas actions,” the House lawyers wrote. “But arrest and detention should not be a prerequisite to obtaining judicial resolution of the enforceability of a Congressional subpoena.”
“Under the panel’s logic, to obtain resolution of the legal question here, the House must direct its Sergeant at Arms to arrest McGahn,” the House wrote. “The Court would be faced with the same legal issues in McGahn’s inevitable habeas petition and would surely find them appropriate for judicial consideration.”
“[T]he panel did not acknowledge that, while this case was pending, President Trump’s White House counsel argued to the Senate that the president could not be impeached for obstruction of Congress because the House had not first sought judicial enforcement of its subpoenas,” the House noted, “a route that the panel has now held would have been futile, at the urging of President Trump’s DOJ.”

Judge decimates Barr

U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton, an appointee of George W. Bush, issued a 23-page opinion last week decimating Attorney General Bill Barr’s handling of the Mueller report. The case is a FOIA lawsuit seeking the release of Mueller’s un-redacted report and the underlying evidence. The Justice Department argued that the judge should uphold the censored portions of the report, but Judge Walton declined to do so, ordering that the DOJ privately show him what was deleted so he could independently verify the justifications for those redactions.
Walton stated that Barr’s efforts to spin the report before its public release raise serious concerns that Barr cannot be trusted:
The differences between the report and Mr. Barr’s description of it “cause the court to seriously question whether Attorney General Barr made a calculated attempt to influence public discourse about the Mueller report in favor of President Trump despite certain findings in the redacted version of the Mueller report to the contrary,” wrote Judge Walton… (NYT)
“The inconsistencies between Attorney General Barr’s statements, made at a time when the public did not have access to the redacted version of the Mueller Report to assess the veracity of his statements, and portions of the redacted version of the Mueller Report that conflict with those statements cause the Court to seriously question whether Attorney General Barr made a calculated attempt to influence public discourse about the Mueller Report in favor of President Trump despite certain findings in the redacted version of the Mueller Report to the contrary.”
“These circumstances generally, and Attorney General Barr’s lack of candor specifically, call into question Attorney General Barr’s credibility and in turn, the Department’s representation that ‘all of the information redacted from the version of the [Mueller] Report released by [ ] Attorney General [Barr]’ is protected from disclosure by its claimed FOIA exemptions,” Walton wrote.
A second FOIA related to Mueller
Last week, a federal judge ordered access to Mueller-related material in a second, less-noticed, FOIA lawsuit. U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled that the National Security Agency (NSA) must turn over a memo documenting an “unusual” 2017 conversation in which Trump pressed former NSA Chief Mike Rogers to publicly refute the allegations Mueller was investigating. Mueller summarized the incident in his report, but the Justice Department does not want to release the contemporaneous memo. Judge Kollar-Kotelly will review the memo before determining if it should be released in full.
Richard Ledgett, former NSA deputy director who was reportedly present for the exchange, drafted a memo about the substance of the call. He and Rogers both signed it and locked it in a safe. Ledgett “said it was the most unusual thing he had experienced in 40 years of government service,” the report states.
Days before Trump’s exchange with Rogers, Trump asked Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo… “whether they could say publicly that no link existed between him and Russia.” (USA Today)

Putin’s cook implicated

The trial of Russian company Concord Management and Consulting, owned by “Putin’s chef” Yevgeny Prigozhin, is set to begin next month, more than two years after Mueller’s initial indictment. The company is charged with financially supporting the Internet Research Agency in its interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The trial has already been delayed numerous times due to “intense pretrial jockeying,” recently culminating in U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich (a Trump-appointee) threatening to hold lawyers for Concord in contempt of court.
Prosecutors in the case claim to have a witness who will directly implicate Prigozhin in the election interference. The Justice Department states the witness and additional evidence prove that Prigozhin ran the Internet Research Agency, in addition to using companies like Concord to financially support the operations.


Other Mueller developments

Mueller memos: Release number 6
The Trump administration finally released summaries of Jared Kushner’s interviews with Mueller’s team, though the documents are heavily redacted. Most of the unredacted information was already public knowledge. Kushner told investigators that Dimitri Simes, who ran a pro-Kremlin think tank in DC, tried to give Kushner compromising information on Bill and Hillary Clinton’s ties to Russia. But Kushner told investigators he “never got from Simes information that could be ‘operationalized.’”
The memos also note that ion 2016, Roger Stone met with Russian national Henry Greenberg and is Ukrainian associate, Alexei Rasin, “who offered Stone damaging information on Hillary Clinton.”
Other highlights:
  • Rick Gates, a cooperating witness, told agents that Manafort maintained close contact with the Trump White House through 2018, using intermediaries like Kushner and Giuliani “to get associates appointed to administration jobs.”
  • Sean Hannity appeared again in this release: During Trump’s campaign, Hannity tailored his shows to the agenda Manafort suggested.
  • The summary says the following about J.D. Gordon, a 2016 Trump campaign adviser: “Gordon thinks Trump must be guilty of something. He is constantly ripping people off. Trump lies all the time and surrounds himself with people who don't tell the truth. Gordon explained Hicks had lied about contact with Russians. Gordon thinks she probably lied to protect Trump whether she knew anything or not.”
  • Corey Lewandowski told investigators that Trump’s then-digital media director and current campaign manager Brad Parscale "was able to put $94 million of campaign money through his business."
Trump confirms Mueller’s case
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is heading to a run-off election to regain his Alabama U.S. Senate seat after coming in second place in last Tuesday’s Republican primary. Trump took to Twitter to celebrate Sessions’ failure to secure the nomination:
This is what happens to someone who loyally gets appointed Attorney General of the United States & then doesn’t have the wisdom or courage to stare down & end the phony Russia Witch Hunt. Recuses himself on FIRST DAY in office, and the Mueller Scam begins!
By admitting that he wanted Sessions to "end" the Russia probe, Trump confirmed that he wanted Sessions to commit obstruction of justice on his behalf. Mueller’s report specifically states: “...the President’s directives indicate that Sessions was being instructed to tell the Special Counsel to end the existing investigation into the President and his campaign.”
Flynn’s case update
Michael Flynn is trying to withdraw his guilty plea, arguing that his previous legal team provided him with ineffective assistance and tried to trick him into lying. Last week, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan signed an order waiving attorney-client privilege between Flynn and his previous counsel at Covington and Burling. Federal prosecutors will now interview Fylnn’s former attorneys in an attempt to disprove his claims.

Trump’s finances in court

37 former Republicans filed a Friend of the Court brief in Trump v. Vance, before the Supreme Court, arguing that President Trump’s claim of absolute immunity from prosecution is legally wrong and violates constitutional values. Trump is attempting to block Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance from enforcing a subpoena to his accounting firm, Mazars USA. SCOTUS will be hearing arguments in this case - and two others - on March 31.
“Trump’s assertions of absolute immunity from process while in office—and more generally, his arguments against accountability in any forum—could impose lasting damage on our constitutional system of checks and balances as well as on the rule of law.”
The brief points out that the Manhattan grand jury is investigating conduct before Trump took office. No court has held that any president enjoys privileges or immunities before his election and enjoys only extremely limited protections during the period between the vote and taking the oath of office.
The ACLU also filed briefs in the Supreme Court cases, opposing Trump in all three instances:
“No one is above the law, including President Trump. His office does not protect him or his accountants from complying with legal requests for documents such as these subpoenas. Should Trump be permitted to block his accountant from complying with the law and congressional oversight, it would put the rule of law and the separation of powers at risk.
...In Trump v. Vance, the ACLU also argues that Trump does not have the right to absolute immunity from a grand jury subpoena for similar documents simply because of his office. The subpoenas, directed to his accountant for personal financial records, impose no burden on his official duties.
U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden - a Trump appointee - lifted the stay in the case brought by the House Ways and Means Committee against the Treasury Department seeking Trump’s tax returns. McFadden had put the case on hold until the D.C. Appellate Court handed down a ruling in the House Judiciary Committee’s suit against Don McGahn.
Now, it is up to both sides to submit statements with the court explaining how they want to proceed. Trump’s lawyers want McFadden to dismiss the suit, while the House attorneys will ask for time to prepare arguments about why this suit is different from the McGahn case.
  • Rocket docket: Nikhel Sus, Senior Counsel at CREW, recommends that lawmakers create a judicial “rocket docket” for disputes between Congress and the president, “enact[ing a law providing for expedited judicial review of particular categories of cases, including those seeking enforcement of congressional subpoenas.” Sus argues: “A rocket docket could have prevented many of the abuses seen during the Trump administration, would reduce the likelihood of future abuses, and will enhance Congress’ ability to conduct oversight of potential government corruption.”

Mnuchin grilled about Trump’s taxes

During a Ways and Means Committee hearing, Rep. Bill Pascrell of New Jersey laid into Mnuchin for not handing over the tax documents to the committee, accusing the Treasury secretary of "staggering lies" in his reasons not to comply with Congress.
"By refusing to turn over Donald Trump's business and personal tax returns to this committee, I think you're breaking the law," the New Jersey Democrat said.
"Your stated reasons for stonewalling our requests, you never cite any superseding legal basis. The only thing you suffer is smug rhetoric and staggering lies," he added later. (CNN)
Watch a 5-minute C-span clip here.

Erik Prince hires foreign spies

The brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been helping conservative group Project Veritas hire former spies (non-paywalled) to infiltrate and spy on American liberal groups and campaigns. Prince recruited ex-MI6 officer Richard Seddon to secretly tape conversations in a Michigan office of the American Federation of Teachers and to later infiltrate the congressional campaign of Virginia Democrat Abigail Spanberger. Her campaign discovered his identity and fired him.
The group has also become intertwined with the political activities of Mr. Trump and his family. The Trump Foundation gave $20,000 to Project Veritas in 2015, the year that Mr. Trump began his bid for the presidency. The next year, during a presidential debate with Hillary Clinton, Mr. Trump claimed without substantiation that videos released by Mr. O’Keefe showed that Mrs. Clinton and President Barack Obama had paid people to incite violence at rallies for Mr. Trump.
In a book published in 2018, Mr. O’Keefe wrote that Mr. Trump years earlier had encouraged him to infiltrate Columbia University and obtain Mr. Obama’s records.
Former Deputy Assistant to President Obama, Colin Kahl, pointed out that Trump’s associates have a pattern of “using former spies to target pol[itical] opponents.”
In 2017, someone in Trump’s orbit hired the Israeli firm Black Cube to go after former Obama officials (incl me & my family). Now this...Congress needs to investigate.

The Trumps profit off the presidency

Secret Service charged to protect Trump
Watchdog group Public Citizen uncovered new documents revealing that Trump’s company has charged the Secret Service $157,000 more than was previously known, bringing the total charges to Secret Service to over $628,000 since taking office in 2017.
Last year, Eric Trump said in an interview that federal employees “stay at our properties for free - meaning, like, cost for housekeeping.” He added, “We charge them, like, 50 bucks.” The newly released receipts show that the Trump Organization actually charged $650 and $396.15 a night for rooms Mar-a-Lago and $566 a night for a cottage in New Jersey.
Secret Service agents are exempt from federal limits on hotel room spending. So Mar-a-Lago charged them twice as much as a regular gov't employee — for the same night! (ProPublica’s Isaac Arnsdorf)
  • Meanwhile, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Richard Engel sent a letter to the State Department pushing for more information about the spending of taxpayer dollars at Trump properties "regarding whether and how the State Department's resources are being appropriately spent."
Eric Trump takes up the profiting off office business
...the Trump Organization is offering members of its New Jersey golf club a chance to travel to Scotland or Ireland with Eric Trump this summer—likely at great expense to taxpayers who will foot the bill for Secret Service protection for the president’s son.
According to an email sent to members of Donald Trump’s Bedminster golf club, Eric Trump will lead at least two three-day golfing outings this summer for club members. The price for each trip—one to Trump’s Doonbeg golf resort in Ireland and one to his Turnberry course in Scotland—will cost members $6,500 apiece, not including airfare. That’s a lot more than people typically pay to play at the Trump courses. (Mother Jones)
The Trump administration has attempted to hide the cost of these business trips from the American public. We know from FOIA documents released just last week that a two-day trip that Eric Trump took in early January 2019 to visit a Trump-branded property in Uruguay cost US taxpayers more than $80,786, just for hotel rooms for his Secret Service detail.
The 2019 trip brings Eric Trump’s total up to at least $178,616 in taxpayer funds to work on development of the Trump Organization’s Punta Del Este property alone.
Don Jr’s Mongolian hunt
Donald Trump Jr.’s Mongolian trophy hunting trip cost taxpayers $17,704 in Secret Service charges alone, according to records obtained by CREW. The records show that $16,000 of that total went to Jandos Kontorbai Ahat’s company. Ahat arranged Don Jr.’s “very political” hunting permit and is also a member of the Mongolian president’s political party. His company is on the board of the Mongolian hunting and wildlife association.
The eight day trip was already controversial for many reasons: Don Jr. was retroactively awarded his permit to hunt the endangered argali sheep after killing it, he had a private meeting with Mongolia’s president that we still don’t know much about, and hunted alongside a major Republican donor. The Secret Service’s payment to Ahat’s company, Marmara International LLC, shows that taxpayer money directly funded Don Jr.’s political connection on the trip. (CREW)

Kushner enriches family off tax breaks he lobbied for

Last month, Jared Kushner sold his stake in Cadre, a company that invests in Opportunity Zone projects after he successfully lobbied for tax breaks the company benefited from. As a result of the tax breaks and increased business, Kushner’s stake in Cadre rose from $5 million to between $25-50 million in three years. As Chris Hayes pointed out, that’s a 500% increase “tied to policy he pushed in the White House.”
Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, pushed for the Opportunity Zone tax breaks to be included in Trump’s 2017 tax overhaul. The breaks offer investors big cuts in capital gains taxes if they put money into businesses and buildings in 8,700 poor, struggling neighborhoods across the country that otherwise might not attract the money.

Trump and Nunes take on freedom of the press

In the past two weeks, Trump has filed libel lawsuits against three media outlets for publishing opinion articles on Trump’s Russia involvement/comments: The New York Times, The Washington Post, and CNN. Though legal experts say the suits will fail to meet the high bar to prove defamation of a public figure, the effect of just pursuing the lawsuits in the first place could have a “chilling effect” on freedom of the press.
When it comes to defamation litigation, public figures like Mr. Trump must establish that not only was a statement false and defamatory, but also that it was published with “actual malice.” That means showing evidence that the people who wrote and edited the statement knew it was false—or likely false but they didn’t care to print the truth. (WSJ)
Rep. Devin Nunes has filed his seventh lawsuit in 12 months, suing the Washington Post for defamation in a news story about the briefing Congress recently received on Russia’s 2020 interference.
Nunes in the complaint alleges Bezos bought The Washington Post in 2013 “for the purpose of using WaPo’s mighty pen to influence federal elections,” that Bezos is “desperate to defame the president” and that Post reporters coordinated actions with House Democrats to “impugn (Nunes’) reputation and undermine his relationship with the president.”
“This is ongoing nonsense, we’re on Russia-gate 9.0,” Nunes said on a Fox news show Sunday previewing his latest lawsuit.
As I reported last week, the Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit government accountability watchdog, filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics asking for an investigation into how Rep. Devin Nunes is paying for his lawsuits against media companies and critics.
The complaint says Nunes appears to be in “blatant violation of House rules,” because he would have trouble paying for all these lawsuits solely from his congressional salary of $174,000 per year. The group argues he’d only be able to pay if he received legal services for free, at a discounted rate, or based on a contingency fee, meaning the lawyer would get compensated from Nunes’ winnings if he prevails in his lawsuits.
In all of those cases, the complaint says, Nunes must disclose the legal help he is receiving by filing a legal expense fund, otherwise it would represent an illegal gift given to Nunes under congressional ethics rules. Nunes has not filed a legal expense fund with the Office of Congressional Ethics.

The changing judiciary

Trump will get the chance to appoint another judge in a key position: Judge Thomas B. Griffith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is retiring. This will be Trump’s third nominee to the DC appellate court, which has already heard numerous cases against the president.
Republican senators aren’t content to wait for these vacancies to open up, they want to create more judgeships for Trump to fill before the next election. “Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham told National Journal he’s preparing legislation creating new judgeships in jurisdictions where courts have warned about untenable backlogs of cases.”
  • Former Sen. Russ Feingold says Democrats need to start talking about term limits for Supreme Court justices and the possibility of adding more justices.
Graham is one of three Republican senators who have received an unusually high amount of donations from judicial nominees: “
three Republican senators — Ted Cruz and John Cornyn of Texas and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina — got more money than the rest of the Judiciary Committee combined. Virtually all of those contributions came from judicial nominees they ultimately backed… The investigation also found that judges appointed by Trump were at least twice as likely to have contributed to a Judiciary Committee member as judges appointed by Obama.

What’s Congress up to?

  • CNN: House Democrats are quietly discussing moving ahead with punishments for individuals who defied subpoenas in President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry -- even as some are growing skeptical about issuing a subpoena for the testimony of former national security adviser John Bolton...some Democrats who had been pushing hard for Bolton to testify in the impeachment inquiry are showing little appetite now to pursue his testimony amid the possibility that it could lead to a court fight and also distract from the party's election-year messaging.
  • Washington Post: The Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Democratic vice chairman sent a letter Monday to Richard Grenell, the acting director of national intelligence, urging him to reconsider his agency’s decision not to declassify information related to the brutal killing in October 2018 of Khashoggi...“It has been more than a year since agents of the Saudi government murdered Jamal Khashoggi . . . in Turkey,” Wyden said in a statement to The Post. “And yet the Trump administration refuses to publicly acknowledge who ordered that assassination. It is choosing to protect an authoritarian government.”
  • Buzzfeed News: At least two US senators intend to probe Clearview AI, the secretive facial recognition startup that’s compiled a database of billions of photos scraped from Facebook, Instagram, and other websites, about the sale of its technology to countries with documented human rights abuses [including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates]
More speak out against Jim Jordan
A total of six former college wrestlers have now accused Donald Trump defender Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) of knowing about sexual abuse by the team doctor when he was an assistant coach at Ohio State University…The six told CNN they were present when Jordan either heard or responded to sexual misconduct complaints about university doctor Richard Strauss. Eight others told the network that the physician’s conduct was an open secret in the university’s athletic department and that Jordan couldn’t have not known. (Huffington Post)


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Everyone Will Know a Heartbreak

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[Letter to the Redditors : September 3, 2021]
One of the greatest lessons life offers us is to take care of one another. With the internet, came the ability to learn about worldwide phenomenons, with the internet, global warming has become a relevant life lesson.
What is the point of the project of Earth, if we can't overcome our differences and come together? We have always had common enemies, from dangerous animals, to dangerous kingdoms, now to dangerous selves. No one wants to come to terms with the fact that they themselves, are the problem. That is the worse enemy of them all. I call upon you to take up arms, in the form of pens and words, to change the minds of those that cannot understand or that are captured by greed, to shape our world in one which we can peacefully live in. I ask you to push for the discussion of climate change.
If alcoholics are able to see through the veil of their chemical stew and to realize their own will is their worse enemy, so can we all, as a society, see the damage we are causing upon ourselves and others. I beg you, please, see reason, ignore what makes hell such a liveable place, forget the complacency of atheism and strive to make this world what it once was.
Change is inevitable, yet the more it changes the more is stays the same. Their solution is to send us in space. Running away from problems is an alcoholic coward's way of operating. Our common enemy is both ourselves and the planet. We have turned to a cancerous state. Reproducing at uncontrollable rates, taking up resources we don't need, building tumor like structures that will eventually kill our hosts.
The difference between us and viruses is that viruses don't care if they die. They simply infect and move on. The strains that don't work, don't work, end of. Inhabiting other planets leaving anyone behind to die will be cause for revolt. People really aren't as stupid as you'd like them to be. Discourse is never a last resort, violence is. A poor country is a violent one. More violent is a poor country with the possibility of being rich.
It would be a shame to let ourselves be our downfall. All this theatre for nothing. We destroy to build and build to destroy but when we have run out of inanimate things to destroy, we start destroying ourselves to build. This is not the lesson the heavens intended us to follow through with. No one in heaven would be destroying one another in order to build. Anarchy is a product of losing more than what we thought we could lose.
Learn your lessons, apply them and move forward, such is the way through the gates of heaven without looking back.
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Uh what else here.
Oh yeah. As always,
"A lover teaches a wife all her husband [or wife] has kept hidden from her." (Honoré De Balzac).
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Acquired knowledge doesn't make sense if the time doesn't move from past to future. You both know everything you've learned and nothing yet, it would just depend on what you choose to know. Choice as in free will, but free will of the knowledge you hold.
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Urgent need of advice

Hi everyone.
I was scammed awhile back with binary options with banc de binary and 24options for over 100k. I was contacted by a company that says that they do recovery services for a 12.7% fee. That looked like a sweet deal so i sent them proof of my deposits from bank accounts i no longer have. They assure me they can get 36k usd back to me. The company is capital finance and there is a website based in Australia and they say that they are a branch in The USA at located at the FIRST FEDERAL PLAZA BUILDING, 28 East Main Street, Rochester NY 14614, USA.
They ask me to create a bitbuy.ca account so they can transfer the funds to my account and when i get the funds they will send me the bill for their services. No upfront fees, thats one thing i know scammers use, but its not the case here.
They say the funds are at the unicredit bulbank and they sent me a copy of the funds ready to be transferred etc.
They ask me to log to my bank account and make a withdrawal test. I basically deposit 100$ to bitbuy and then withdraw it to make sure it doesnt get blocked so they say. Everything works i get my deposit back to my account minusthe fees.
Seeing as bitbuy interact transfer has a 3000$ daily limit they want me to do a stress test . So they want me to send 2900$ to bitbuy. Then if the withdrawal is successful they will send me the entirety of the money recovered so they say.
The bitbuy account i am using is my account from a year ago and i told them so. So i never followed their link to bitbuy (although it was the correct link).
They never pressured me into anything.
I can't find any information on a scam like this if it is one.
However, when i look up the info on capital finance and their services i do not see anything about recovery or legal department. They seem to just offer loans
What are your thoughts?
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Binary Options: A Sickening Scam

The Art of a Binary Options Scam

Binary options, fraudulent “trading products” that are designed to part prospective investors from their money are very different from real options. In essence, they are simply a bet that the price of a particular asset will rise in a given time frame. If you win the gamble, the company is supposed to pay a fixed payout, within the 70%-95% range. If you lose, however, you not only lose the “payout” but the initial investment as well.
If this was merely the case this would fall under the category of gambling, something that millions upon millions of individuals do recreationally. However, that is primarily not the case. With almost all binary options brokers you are “trading” against the broker and not the market. The broker wants you to lose, or else the company would not make a profit. Even if the broker pays out your winnings he can easily govern your profit with payout conditions. This means that even if you have a winning formula, the company will just decrease the payout, ensuring you ultimately lose in the long term.

There is more to the scam

That, unfortunately, is not where it ends. Numerous “brokers” are notorious for spreading fictitious stories about their clientele making gigantic profits with trading robots. Almost all of them manipulate their price curves to prevent you from winning. What’s worse is even if you do win, many of them refuse to pay out, and ultimately drop off the face of the earth (with your money).
Now clients are left in with a major dilemma. To whom do they turn? To the police? To regulators? The answer to these questions is that it depends. Most of these binary options brokers are not regulated and are located offshore, allowing them to do what they want. Often in their terms and conditions, they concoct various rules that ensure they keep your money once they have it. When it comes to regulators such as ASIC or the FCA they are relatively useless as they cannot shut down the actual binary options websites and to make it even worse search engines such as Google allow these websites to appear in their search content.

Shouldn’t the banks put a stop to this?

Yes, they should. However, the banks, which should be the number one line of defense against these scams either do not know the extent of the problem or are turning a blind eye to their nefarious activities. Additionally, in order to process credit card, debit card payments most of the binary options brokers have registered a small company in an E.U. country.

Recovery scams

Unfortunately, fraud encourages more fraud. Various individuals targeted U.S. citizens who were swindled by the now-defunct brokerage, Banc de Binary, and a few other binary options companies that were being sued by the SEC or the CFTC (Commodity Futures Trading Commission). They impersonated SEC officials as part of an advanced-fee fraud scheme in which they deceived victims into forwarding them money. Approximately 95 individuals were targeted by this despicable scheme and 25 of them sent 235 thousand dollars in total to these swindlers.
What to Do if You Have Been Scammed
If you have fallen victim to a cryptocurrency scam, send a complaint to at [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]), and we will do our very best to get into contact with you as soon as we can to initiate your funds recovery process.
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The Embarrassing Dissenting Opinions in the Dassey Case

I agree with the general proposition that the Supreme Court needs to clarify the law regarding “voluntariness” of confessions and perhaps to change the law regarding interrogation of juveniles.
It is not, however, the role of the Seventh Circuit, and the dissenting en banc opinions in the Dassey case do an especially poor job of attempting to make the case that the Seventh Circuit has such authority.
In fact, the dissenting opinions are downright embarrassing.
The Wood Dissent
Wood’s dissent is circular, contradictory, and disingenuous. She summarizes reasons why she considers the confession “unreliable,” even though (as Duffin acknowledged) reliability is irrelevant to whether the confession is voluntary. However, when the majority points out facts which support the reliability of aspects of the confession, Wood abruptly shifts her argument to say
coercion and reliability are two different things. A confession can be coerced yet reliable, or it can be voluntary but unreliable.
Apparently, “reliability” is part of the analysis when it helps her argument, and irrelevant when raised by the majority. Later in her argument, she contradicts herself yet again, saying:
If the Wisconsin Court of Appeals had done what it should have, it could not reasonably have concluded that Dassey’s confession was either voluntary or reliable (both of which are required for the use of a confession to be consistent with due process).
Significantly, she cites no authority for the proposition that reliability is “required” to be consistent with due process. In fact, the Supreme Court has said that reliability is important, but is addressed by rules of evidence – not even challenged by Dassey’s counsel -- not the “voluntariness” issue.
As Judge Duffin summarized:
The Supreme Court long ago detached the admissibility of a confession from its reliability and made voluntariness alone the benchmark of admissibility. See The Supreme Court long ago detached the admissibility of a confession from its reliability and made voluntariness alone the benchmark of admissibility. See Culombe v. Connecticut, 367 U.S. 568, 583-84 n. 25 (1961) (quoting Lisenba v. California, 314 U.S. 219, 236 (1941). “The aim of the requirement of due process is not to exclude presumptively false evidence, but to prevent fundamental unfairness in the use of evidence, whether true or false.” Connelly, 479 U.S. at 167 (quoting Lisenba v. California, 314 U.S. 219, 236 (1941)). Thus, voluntariness is “a question to be answered with complete disregard of whether or not petitioner in fact spoke truth.” Rogers v. Richmond, 365 U.S. 534, 544. , 367 U.S. 568, 583-84 n. 25 (1961) (quoting Lisenba v. California, 314 U.S. 219, 236 (1941). “The aim of the requirement of due process is not to exclude presumptively false evidence, but to prevent fundamental unfairness in the use of evidence, whether true or false.” Connelly, 479 U.S. at 167 (quoting Lisenba v. California, 314 U.S. 219, 236 (1941)). Thus, voluntariness is “a question to be answered with complete disregard of whether or not petitioner in fact spoke truth.” Rogers v. Richmond, 365 U.S. 534, 544.
In Colorado v. Connelly, where the court upheld admission of a confession made by a psychotic person, it said:
A statement rendered by one in the condition of respondent might be proved to be quite unreliable, but this is a matter to be governed by the evidentiary laws of the forum, see, e. g., Fed. Rule Evid. 601, and not by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
In a similar way, Wood engages in a circular “analysis” regarding the fact that the state appellate court did not discuss various factors in detail. First, she admits the Supreme Court has said AEDPA requires deference even where a state court issues a brief, “summary” opinion. Elsewhere in her opinion, however, she argues that the state court was required to explain its reasoning, citing nothing. Once again, this argument is not only unsupported, but a mere diversionary tactic -- a red herring. According to Wood, it ultimately doesn’t matter whether the state court explained its reasoning, because in her view there could be no acceptable reasoning:
If the Wisconsin Court of Appeals had done what it should have, it could not reasonably have concluded that Dassey’s confession was either voluntary or reliable (both of which are required for the use of a confession to be consistent with due process)
Put simply, her position is simple: she knows the confession is coerced, and that’s the end of the matter. She basically admits as much when she claims -- contrary to all authority -- that “voluntariness” is an issue of fact, which entitles the Seventh Circuit to conduct a de novo review if decided contrary to the evidence. She says:
By finding . . .that the confession was voluntary, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals made an unreasonable determination of fact in light of the clear and convincing weight of the evidence.
This is a howler. The Supreme Court has said that whether the confession was voluntary – the ultimate issue in the entire appeal – is a question of law, not a question of fact. And Wood surely knows it.
Rovner’s Dissent
Rovner’s dissent has all the same issues, and is essentially a shortened version of her majority opinion in the vacated panel decision. The many flaws of that opinion have been discussed in detail and will not be reiterated here. Basically, she claims to know what Dassey was thinking at all times, and does not even attempt to consider arguments in favor of the state court decision.
Here, I just want to focus on a couple of examples of the outrageously bad “scholarship” which makes her dissenting opinion all the more embarrassing.
The first example involves the following statements:
Innocent people do in fact confess, and they do so with shocking regularity. As of June 7, 2016, The National Registry of Exonerations had collected data on 1,810 exonerations in the United States since 1989 (that number as of December 4, 2017 is 2,132), and that data includes 227 cases of innocent people who falsely confessed.
As the majority en banc opinion points out, it is impossible to conclude from the information cited by Rover that innocent people confess “with shocking regularity,” because we’re not told how many convictions occurred during those 27 years which gave rise to the 1,810 exonerations; there is every reason to think it is in the millions.
But Rovner continues:
This research indicates that false confessions (defined as cases in which indisputably innocent individuals confessed to crimes they did not commit) occur in approximately 25% of homicide cases.
This is, obviously, a ridiculous statement -- false confessions certainly do not occur in 25% of homicide cases, nor does anything cited by Rovner support this absurd claim. Do Rovner, her law clerk, or Judge Wood even proofread what is written? The only conclusion one can draw from the statistics she cites is that of the 1,800 exonerations over 27 years, about 13% involved false confessions. See here
What she no doubt meant, but didn’t say, is that
in approximately 25% of homicide cases in which convicted persons have later been unequivocally exonerated by DNA evidence, the suspect falsely confessed to committing the crime.
Samuel Gross et al., Exoneration in the United States, 1989-2012: Report by the National Registry of Exonerations.
But one also has to understand, even with these numbers, that roughly 40% of provably “false” confessions do not involve demonstrable police coercion (broadly defined to include being frightened or exhausted). The 40% includes apparently voluntary (but false) confessions (11%), confessions which the defendant contended were not really confessions or were not signed by them (12%), and confessions that “could not be classified. (16%). Id.
Another example of Rovner’s careless approach to a serious subject is her discussion of the Reid Technique, and the pseudo-facts relating to the alleged new interrogation techniques of amicus (and Reid competitor) Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc. Is she unaware this is nothing but a marketing scam by W-Z, or does she just not care?
Rover claims that investigators used the Reid Technique, stating:
As Chief Judge Wood points out in her dissent, interrogators in this case, as in most police forces in the United States, used the Reid Technique to obtain Dassey’s confession. This technique involves isolation, confrontation, maximization and minimization— the psychological strong arm tactics that are known to produce coerced confessions even in adults of average intelligence.
In fact, Judge Wood said only that “many of the officers’ tactics appear to be drawn from the “Reid Technique.” And that is only half true. Only about two of the seven or eight techniques which comprise the Reid Technique were actually used in Dassdy’s case -- cops certainly did not start out accusing Dassey of committing a murder, with the goal of getting him to confess.
Rovner then conducts her own internet “research,” citing “meta-data analysis” she finds on the net, and proclaims:
Recently, Wicklander Zulawski & Associates, one of the nation’s largest police consulting firms, said it will stop training detectives in the method it has taught since 1984, stating that it “is not an effective way of getting truthful information.”
Her “authority” for this statement is a link to an internet interview from March of this year. However, anybody who actually looks at the Wicklander-Zulawski materials would not see any meaningful distinction between it’s “non-confrontational” methods and the Reid Technique -- which is not surprising, since the founders of W-Z worked at Reid for years and developed many of its materials.
According to W-Z -- whose motto is “Learn to Use the Truth to Your Advantage” -- its method is preferable to Reid because it achieves the desired goal -- a confession -- more quickly.
It says:
When you consider Reid’s direct accusation (step one of the technique), it almost always produces a denial to begin the nine step interrogation. This typically generates conflict and resistance immediately.
With a direct statement accusing the suspect, it is easy to see how the emotional situation can easily become adversarial. Generally, forcing the suspect to defend the denial assures continued denials, frustrating the investigator’s efforts to obtain a confession.
In its “Webinars”, W-Z covers such topics as:
It is one thing to have a story to tell, it is something else to be able to captivate your subject’s attention and influence their decision making process with that story to help them save face and lead them to a confession. This webinar will provide insight into choosing and telling the best rationalization possible, structuring that story in a way that will have the greatest impact on your suspect, and delivering the rationalization with empathy and sincerity.
Not surprisingly, W-Z heavily advertises its involvement in the Dassey case, in its competition with Reid to convince law enforcement that it does a better job of obtaining enforceable confessions.
This isn't judicial scholarship, it is advocacy. And not very good advocacy -- the sort of crap that would be harshly criticized if written in a brief by one of the parties.
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Wirecard waves: The Israel connection of Germany’s multi-billion corporate fraud

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 81%. (I'm a bot)
Wirecard, the German payments company that collapsed last week in what has been described as one of "Europe's biggest corporate frauds of recent years," is linked to two recent major Israeli financial scandals: binary options and the ICC-Cal affair.
While the prosecutors allege that Wirecard earned far less revenue than it claimed, there is evidence that at least some of the revenue it did earn came from processing payments for scams.
Until March 2009, he still worked for Wirecard, as a director of its Ireland subsidiary, Wirecard Payment Solutions Holdings Limited.
According to internal company documents acquired by the Financial Times, Wirecard received commissions through the end of 2017 for the processing of payments for Banc de Binary, a now-defunct Israeli binary options company that was sued by the US Securities and Exchange Commission in 2013 for illegally selling binary options to US customers.
In the course of a 2018 civil lawsuit in Israel, David Cartu, owner of the Irish payment processing company Greymountain Management, disclosed documents from the company's liquidator showing that Wirecard was one of the acquiring banks that Greymountain Management used to process binary options payments.
Knoechelmann pleaded guilty in November 2016 to abetting payment fraud in the ICC-Cal affair but at no point in the complaint or verdict is the name of the company or companies he represented mentioned.
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  • Enero(January) 6 – Importer Lilia Cruz also known as Leah Cruz, Bureau of Plant Industry Director Clarito Barron, and 119 other persons were charged by the National Bureau of Investigation of direct bribery and violation of the Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act at the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the alleged garlic cartel last year.
  • Enero(January) 9 – The Supreme Court has declared its decision on the unconstitutionality of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), popularly termed as the pork barrel funds, final and executory. It can be remembered in November of the previous year, the said court held that "PDAF and previous pork barrel funds violated the constitutional principle of separation of powers in allowing lawmakers to wield, in varying gradations, non-oversight, post-enactment authority in vital areas of budget execution."
  • Enero(January) 12 – Sandiganbayan had found former Board of Nursing member Virginia Diodola-Madeja guilty of violating the Anti-Corrupt Practices Act and the PRC Modernization Act of 2000 and was sentenced to 7 years in prison for leaking questions in the June 2006 Nursing Licensure Examinations. In addition to her imprisonment, she was also ordered to pay a fine of 100 thousand pesos and was barred from holding any public office.
  • Enero(January) 14 – A bomb destroys a transmission tower in Pagalungan leaving much of the provinces of Maguindanao and North Cotabato without power.
  • Enero(January) 15-19 – Pope Francis was in the country for a 5-day state and pastoral visit. The pope also visited the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in Leyte which were affected by the said typhoon last November 2013. This is the first papal visit the Philippines received in the 21st century.
  • Enero(January) 21 – The Supreme Court en banc dismissed several petitions regarding the disqualification of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada; 11 justices voted against the disqualification, while 3 voted for it.[12]
  • Enero(January) 23 – An explosion occurred near the bus terminal in Barangay Guiwan, Zamboanga City; 2 people were killed and 53 were injured. The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were tagged behind the explosion after the failed jailbreak attempt of several ASG members in the prison.
  • Enero(January) 25 – 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) were killed after a clash took place in Tukalinapao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao against armed fighters including those from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. PNP-SAF's objective is to pursue Zulkifli Abdhir also known as Marwan and Basit Usman as part of Oplan Exodus and was successful in killing the former. The deaths of the PNP-SAF officers ignited debate on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law which will be the foundation of a new autonomous entity called Bangsamoro.
  • Enero(January) 26 – The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee cited Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay and five others in contempt and are now facing arrest due to the alleged continued snub of Binay and other Makati officials on an ongoing Senate probe. 3 days later, Binay was arrested and forced to appear in the Senate hearing but the detention was deferred leading to his release.
  • Enero(January) 27 – The Department of Justice rejected the appeal by United States Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton to drop the murder charges against him over the Death of Jennifer Laude, a transwoman Filipina. The trial began on March 23.
  • Enero(January) 29 – Despite of the incident in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, The Government of the Philippines and the MILF signed a protocol for the decommissioning of rebel firearms in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


  • Pebrero(February) 3 – The Supreme Court affirms the unconstitutionality of the Disbursement Acceleration Program on its new ruiling. Voting 13-0, the SC partially granted the government's Motion for Reconsideration on the DAP. Projects and programs that not covered by the General Approriations Act is valid and the authors may be liable.
  • Pebrero(February) 5 – The Department of Foreign Affairs filed two protest notes questioning China for ramming Filipino fishing boats and the collecting of giant clams over the Scarborough Shoal (Bajo de Masinloc).
  • Pebrero(February) 14 – 50 rebel members of the New People's Army figured in a failed attack and shootout inside a police station in Mati, Davao Oriental. 4 soldiers and a NPA member were killed.
  • Pebrero(February) 18 – Masbate Governor Rizalina Lanete surrendered to the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detention Group authorities after the Sandiganbayan had issued a warrant of arrest against her in connection with her participation in the PDAF scam.
  • Pebrero(February) 25
    • Former Association of Philippine Electric Cooperatives party-list Representative Edgar Valdez surrendered to sheriff of Sandiganbayan. Valdez is facing one count of plunder and seven counts of graft for allegedly receiving P57.78 million worth of kickbacks from the PDAF scam.
    • AFP declared its all-out offensive campaign against the MILF break away group, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. On March 3, Maguindanao was placed under the state of calamity due to the continuing battle between the military forces and the BIFF. In an encounter happened on March 7, the AFP confirmed that 139 members including commanders of the BIFF were killed, including a kin of BIFF founder Ameril Umbra Kato.[32] On March 30, The Armed Forces of the Philippines announced the termination of the all-out offensive against the rebel group.
  • Pebrero(February) 28 – A total of 26 people were killed among them were 2 soldiers and 24 members of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Patikul, Sulu.


  • Marso(March) 6 – The Office of the Ombudsman's special panel of investigators filed complaints against Vice President Binay, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, and 22 individuals, in connection with the overpriced Makati City Hall II Parking Building. Ombudsman will start the preliminary probe after the filing of the cases. On March 11, The Ombudsman was suspended Makati Mayor Junjun Binay and other city officials for 6 months in connection with this case. Binay has not followed the decision. On March 16, plunder and graft charges were filed against Vice President Binay and Mayor Binay for the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building II. The elder Binay was then city mayor and the younger Binay a city councilor at the time of the construction. On the same date, the Court of Appeals has released a temporary restraining order for the preventive suspension of Mayor Binay. On April 6, The Court of Appeals has indefinitely extended its halt order on the preventive suspension of embattled Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay, as the appellate court issued a writ of preliminary injunction in favor of the local chief executive. On the other hand, Acting Mayor Romulo Peña was ordered by the Department of Interior and Local Government to step down and return from his previous post as vice mayor. On November 11, Dismissed Makati Mayor Binay has won his case in the Supreme Court against the Office of the Ombudsman in relation to his case.
  • Marso(March) 8 – British human rights lawyer Amal Clooney filed a case for the continued detention of former president and Pampanga congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo against the government before the UN's Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, a body under the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. On October 2, The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has released its opinion that the detention of former President Arroyo "violates international law" and is "arbitrary on a number of grounds."
  • Marso(March) 17 – The Philippines submitted its 3,000-page document containing additional volumes of arguments, evidence and maps seeking to nullify China’s sweeping claim over the resource-rich South China Sea to the Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration.
  • Marso(March) 22 – The first of three new C-295 medium lift aircraft under the Philippine Air Force Modernization Program arrived at Clark Air Base in Pampanga.
  • Marso(March) 26 – President Aquino III has signed Republic Act No. 10656 into law that postpones the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to October 2016. This postponement was the fourth time. On March 25, the Commission on Elections had deferred the SK elections to April 25. Previously, the election was supposedly to be held on October 28, 2013; it was again postponed to February 21, 2015.


  • Abril(April) 6 – Gemma Adana, the Municipality Mayor of Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay was abducted by a heavily armed group in her house. On October 12, Mayor Adana has been released after over six months in captivity.
  • Abril(April) 14 – In connection with the serious illegal detention case, Janet Lim Napoles, the mastermind of the PDAF Scam, was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt and was sentenced of reclusion perpetua.
  • Abril(April) 20 – The Armed Forces of the Philippines has released the pictures of the continue reclamation of China in the South China Sea.


  • Mayo(May) 11 – The Court of Appeals has frozen 242 bank accounts and insurance policies belonging to Vice President Jejomar Binay, some members of his family and close associates, who are suspected of being his dummies.
  • Mayo(May) 13 – At least 72 were killed in a big fire inside the Kentex Manufacturing slippers factory in Brgy. Ugong, Valenzuela City. The incident was the third worst fire in Philippine history.


  • Hunyo(June) 3 – The United States Embassy turned over to the Philippine government a check amounting to some $1.3 million as the second tranche of proceeds from the forfeited assets of former Armed Forces of the Philippines military comptroller Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia.
  • Hunyo(June) 4 – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III agreed to start negotiations on an accord for the transfer of defense equipment and technology, as the two nations aim to bolster security ties amid China's increasing assertiveness at sea.
  • Hunyo(June) 5 – President Benigno Aquino III signed Executive Order 183 that created the Negros Island Region to improve the delivery of public services in Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, which forms part of the new region.
  • Hunyo(June) 16 – The first phase of decommissioning of Moro Islamic Liberation Front's fighters had begun.
  • Hunyo(June) 22 – Vice President Jejomar Binay resigned from his post in President Benigno Aquino III's Cabinet as the chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and presidential adviser on overseas Filipino workers is effective immediately.
  • Hunyo(June) 25
    • Raul Pangalangan, former dean of the University of the Philippines College of Law, was elected judge of the International Criminal Court.
    • All local airlines can now enter the European airspace after the European Commission had removed the Philippines from the European Union Air Safety List.
  • Hunyo(June) 29
    • The Philippines has halted the repair of its airstrip on Pagasa Island of the disputed Spratly Islands due to its pending suit at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague challenging China's claim over the waters.
    • Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has approved the preventive suspension of Makati Mayor Junjun Binay in connection with his supposed involvement in the alleged anomalous construction of a ten-storey building in Makati Science High School. June 30
    • The Philippines and six other countries defer joining the newly established Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
    • The Supreme Court of the Philippines asks the government to respond to a petition seeking to repeal a law banning same-sex marriage in the country.


  • Hulyo(June) 1 – The Philippine National Oil Company–Exploration Corporation announced the discovery of a major natural gas reserves of 71-billion cubic feet in Isabella province.
  • Hulyo(June) 2 – MB Kim Nirvana, a motorized banca(large boat) bound for Camotes Islands from Ormoc, Leyte which carried 173 passengers, capsized off the coast of Ormoc killing 62 of its passengers.
  • Hulyo(June) 7 – Oral arguments on the Philippines' claim over the West Philippine Sea had begun in The Hague, Netherlands.
  • Hulyo(June) 10 – Lt. Gen. Hernando Iriberri, former 56th Commanding General of the Philippine Army was designated as the newest AFP Chief of Staff in the turn-over ceremonies led by President Aquino III in Camp Aguinaldo. Iriberri's predecessor Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang has retired from military service.
  • Hulyo(June) 20 – Vice President Jejomar Binay filed a P200-million damage suit arising from alleged libelous statements against Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Alan Peter Cayetano; Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales; former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado; and eight others. July 21 – President Benigno Aquino III signed into law two of his priority economic bills: the Philippine Competition Act (Republic Act 10667), as well as amendments to the 50-year-old Cabotage Law (Republic Act 10668), during a ceremony in Malacañang attended by members of Congress.
  • Hulyo(June) 23 – The Iglesia ni Cristo has expelled Tenny Manalo, the widow of INC's former executive minister Eraño Manalo, and their son, Angel Manalo after they appeared in a YouTube video claiming their lives are in danger and that some ministers have allegedly been abducted.
  • Hulyo(June) 24 – The Department of Science and Technology's free Wi-Fi project was launched.
  • Hulyo(June) 27 – President Aquino III delivered his 6th and final State of the Nation Address at Batasang Pambansa.
  • Hulyo(June) 28 – Two environmental groups Basel Action Network and BAN Toxics have submitted the case questioning the Canada's imported trash in the Philippines to the Basel Convention.


  • Agosto(August) 18 – The Supreme Court has granted the bail petition of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, one of the three senators facing graft and plunder charges in connection with the alleged pork barrel scam.
  • Agosto(August) 20 – Two Coast Guard officers who kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf Group were escaped after the massive operation by the military against the terrorist group in Sulu.
  • Agosto(August) 21 – The Supreme Court has affirmed the conviction of two Alpha Phi Omega (APO) members for the hazing of University of the Philippines-Los Baños student Marlon Vilanueva in 2006, the first conviction under Republic Act 8049 or the Anti-Hazing Law.
  • Agosto(August) 24 – President Benigno Aquino III has given instructions for the Bureau of Customs to stop the physical inspections of balikbayan boxes unless X-ray and K-9 examinations give rise to suspicions that they contain prohibited items. On the Senate hearing last September 3, Bureau of Customs chief Alberto Lina went apologized to the inconvenience brought about the alleged opening of balikbayan boxes by Customs personnel.
  • Agosto(August) 27-31 – Iglesia ni Cristo members staged demonstrations near the DOJ office and later in EDSA to call on Sec. De Lima to focus on important issues such as the SAF 44 case and not on the case filed by an ex-INC minister against Sanggunian members. They protests on alleged violations of the separation of church and state.


  • Septyembre(September) 10 – Human Rights Watch criticized the response of President Benigno Aquino III to reports on the murders of an indigenous Lumad family and the alleged rape of an indigenous Manobo girl by soldiers and militiamen of the Philippine Army. The Philippine Commission on Human Rights condemned the killings and linked the Bagani paramilitary group and the Army’s 36th Infantry Battalion who they believe has accused the school involved as a "NPA School".


  • Oktubre(October) 9 – The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal in service and the eventual perpetual disqualification to run in any political positions for former Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay, in connection with the overpriced Makati City Hall Building II.
  • Oktubre(October) 13 – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Moro National Liberation Front signed a “unified declaration” calling for the approval the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law as an embodiment of each other’s separate peace pacts with Malacañang.
  • Oktubre(October) 17-28 – PAGASA confirmed that the haze from Indonesia had reached Mindanao. Typhoon Lando and the northeast monsoon were linked to the haze that had affected the island. Haze has affected operations of airports in Mindanao and Visayas. On October 28, PAGASA declared the country was free from haze.
  • Oktubre(October) 18 – 46 dead, 82 injured and 268,877 families were affected after heavy rains and floods due to Typhoon Lando shuts down Luzon.
  • Oktubre(October) 30 – United Nation backed Permanent Court of Arbitration has ruled that it has the jurisdiction to hear the maritime claim of the Philippines against China.


  • Nobyembre(November) 3 – The Court of Appeals had started to hear the writ of amparo and habeas corpus petitions of expelled Iglesia ni Cristo minister Lowell Menorca II against the leaders of the church, including executive minister Eduardo Manalo and three members of the Sanggunian, in connection with the illegal detention and abduction of Menorca by the church officials.
  • Nobyembre(November) 4 – The UN Department of Safety and Security warned their staff assigned in the country against the tanim-bala modus at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
  • Nobyembre(November) 5 – The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity officially declared Tubbataha Reef in Sulu Sea as the 35th heritage park.
  • Nobyembre(November) 17 – Voted 5-4, the Senate Electoral Tribunal denied the petition filed by aspiring 2016 presidential candidate Rizalito David for the disqualification of Grace Poe as Senator.
  • Nobyembre(November) 18-19 – The 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit is being hosted by the Philippines organizing a series of economic meetings in the country until November. The event will be highlighted by the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting near the end of the summit.
  • Nobyembre(November) 25 – 8 armed men who have identified as supporters of ISIS, together with an Indonesian bomb trainer were killed in an encounter by military troops in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat.
  • Nobyembre(November) 28 – The first two of the 12 FA-50 fighter jets, made by Korea Aerospace Industries that the government purchased from South Korea have arrived at the Clark Air Base in Angeles City, Pampanga.


  • Disyembre(December) 1 – U.S. Marine L. Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton, suspect in the death of Jennifer Laude one year ago, was found guilty of homicide by the Olongapo Regional Trial Court with a sentence 6–12 years in prison. The court also ordered for Pemberton to pay ₱4.5 million (US$130,000) to the Laude family.
  • Disyembre(December) 5 – Philippine Air Force receives two FA-50 lead-in fighter jets, two C-295 medium-lift fixed-wing aircraft and six Augusta 109 attack helicopters for territorial defense, search and rescue, disaster response and combat operations.
  • Disyembre(December) 9 – The Office of the President has ordered a 60-day preventive suspension order against Cebu City Mayor Michael L. Rama for alleged culpable violation of the constitution, grave abuse of authority, grave misconduct and oppression over the destruction of local government projects in his city.
  • Diseymbre(December) 14-15 - Baygong Nona (Typhoon Melor) hits Philippines
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