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HARNEY COUNTY – Data Dump Research Links 1-26-2016

Here are some links for research material for some show presentations.
1.  Fed land seizures
2.  Jailing of ranchers/farmers
3.  Expansion of National Monument system
4.  Destruction of riches farmland and reversion to wildland in CA.
5.  Famine and food and water scarcity
6.  Multinationals declare water access is their sole right

Organ Peaks National Monument

We have seen discussion from fedgov about expanding the national monument system and intense opposition to it.  This construct is operative right now in Harney County, OR.  It appears that fedgov and elites are using this construct to even withdraw more land from private ownership.  It also appears that they are subverting and co-opting sportsmen, legislators, and businessmen to encourage and support the system.
Link to Malheur Co. National Monument plan.

And a third data dump:

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[UPDATED] Federal coal lease suspension clips Montana projects

Helena Independent Record – ‎Jan 15, 2016‎
BILLINGS — Mining companies say a federal decision to stop leasing coal on public lands has bottled up Montana and Wyoming coal projects. The leasing suspension announced Friday by the Department of the Interior has put expansion plans in doubt at the …

Montana Reactions To The President’s Coal Lease Moratorium

MTPR – ‎Jan 15, 2016‎
Denowh speaks for the coal advocacy group, “Count on Coal Montana,” and doesn’t like the moratorium on leases until the government completes a comprehensive review. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell wants to find out whether fees charged to mining …

Obama administration halts new coal leases on federal lands

Billings Gazette – ‎Jan 15, 2016‎
The anticipated announcement casts a shadow over the first Powder River Basin Regional Coal Team meeting in more than two years. The group, comprised of the governors of Montana and Wyoming and BLM officials from both states, considers applications …

Obama administration halts new coal leases on federal land

U.S. News & World Report – ‎Jan 15, 2016‎
Some of the largest projects are in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana, the nation’s top coal-producing region. The federal program to lease coal-mining rights to a single bidder has remained largely unchanged for decades, despite complaints …

Obama administration will announce halt on new coal leases

ABC FOX Montana News – ‎Jan 14, 2016‎
Roughly 40 percent of the coal produced in the United States comes from federal lands. The vast majority of that mining takes place in Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. It’s unclear what impact the moratorium will have on many coal …

APNewsBreak: Coal Suspension Affects 30-Plus Mining Projects

ABC News – ‎Jan 15, 2016‎
Some of the largest projects are in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana, the nation’s top coal-producing region. Other projects are in Utah, Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and North Dakota. The announcement marks another …

Obama administration halts new coal leases

ABC FOX Montana News – ‎Jan 15, 2016‎
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration says it’s halting new coal leases on federal lands until it completes a comprehensive review. The question is whether fees charged to mining companies provide a fair return to American taxpayers and reflect …

Republicans furious over Obama move on coal leases

The Hill – ‎Jan 15, 2016‎
Steve Daines, a Republican who represents mining-heavy Montana, said the move is an “unprecedented assault on one of Montana’s most important sources of good paying jobs and tax revenue.” Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) called the decision “another …

Obama administration halts new coal leases on federal lands: Another blow to Big Coal

seattlepi.com (blog) – ‎Jan 15, 2016‎
The federal government will stop issuing new coal leases on federal lands, mainly in Wyoming and Montana, as the Obama administration reviews coal’s impact on climate change as well as the price that big coal companies are paying America’s taxpayers.

Daines: Halt of coal leases an “unprecedented assault” on Montana jobs and tax revenue

KTVQ Billings News – ‎Jan 15, 2016‎
The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Friday it will “pause” on issuing new coal leases on federal lands. The suspension was ordered while the federal agency reviews the coal lease program “in order to ensure that it is properly structured to

Why Does So Much US Coal Come from Federal Land?

National Geographic – ‎Jan 15, 2016‎
Public lands deliver a much bigger share of coal than of oil (21 percent) or natural gas (14 percent) because they happen to overlap Wyoming and Montana’s Powder River Basin. PRB’s surface-mined coal is cheaper to mine than underground stores in …

Obama halts new coal leasing on federal land, orders sweeping review

Washington Post – ‎Jan 15, 2016‎
Coal production on federal land accounts for roughly 41 percent of the nation’s total coal production. The vast majority of that mining — 86 percent — takes place in the Powder River Basin, which spans northeastern Wyoming and southeastern Montana.

Coal-lease moratorium a new blow to proposed terminals here

The Seattle Times – ‎Jan 15, 2016‎
Those reserves include coal that remains to be mined from current federal leases not affected by the moratorium, as well as access to 1.4 billion tons of coal on private and tribal lands of the Crow Nation in Montana. The export coal trade already his

Obama temporarily bans new coal leases on federal land

Los Angeles Times – ‎Jan 15, 2016‎
The new review announced Friday concerns the coal that private companies mine from federally owned land, which accounts for about 40% of all coal produced in the U.S. Most coal on public lands is in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana, and …

Obama Steers Climate Battle “Upstream” With New Coal Policy

National Journal – ‎Jan 15, 2016‎
John Barrasso of Wyoming said the move “effectively hands a pink slip to the thousands of people in Wyoming and across the West employed in coal production.” The Powder River Basin region of Wyoming and Montana accounts for over 85 percent of the …

Obama Administration to Announce Halt to Federal Coal Leasing

U.S. News & World Report – ‎Jan 14, 2016‎
About 40 percent of the coal produced in the U.S. is mined on federal land, mostly in Wyoming and Montana. Royalty rates under the coal leasing program, however, have not been updated in decades and have long been criticized for vastly undervaluing

Obama halts new coal leases

Pueblo Chieftain – ‎Jan 15, 2016‎
More than 40 percent of U.S. coal production, or about 450 million tons a year, comes from public lands in Wyoming, Montana and other Western states, bringing in more than $1 billion in annual revenue. Coal reserves already under lease can continue to

Gov. Bullock Slams Coal Lease Moratorium

MTPR – ‎Jan 15, 2016‎
“President Obama is wrong, and once again Montana’s working families are left bearing the brunt of his unilateral action. Of course American taxpayers should get their fair value from coal leases, and of course there should be transparency in the process.

Obama Halts Federal Coal Leasing Citing Climate Change

Scientific American – ‎Jan 15, 2016‎
As of the end of 2014, there were 308 active coal mining leases on more than 464,000 acres of public lands in Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Montana and Colorado, with an additional 10,500 acres in Kentucky, Alabama and West Virginia. Burning coal and …

Putting an Environmental Price Tag on Coal

New York Times – ‎Jan 15, 2016‎
About 40 percent of the coal produced in America comes from federal lands in the West, mostly from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana. According to a study by the Center for American Progress and the Wilderness Society, Powder River Basin …

US Pledges to Ease Pain of Closing Coal Mines in Shift to Cleaner Energy

New York Times – ‎Jan 15, 2016‎
But in many coal-heavy but relatively remote areas, such as West Virginia, eastern Kentucky, Wyoming and Montana’s Powder River Basin, job options are limited. And the federal government’s efforts to help communities transition from a dying industry to …

Obama announces moratorium on new federal coal leases

Washington Post – ‎Jan 15, 2016‎
Government-owned coal harvested in the Powder River basin–the country’s biggest coal-producing region, straddling Wyoming and Montana–accounts for about 10 percent of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, according to a study last year by the Center for …

Climate Change: Obama Administration Halts New Coal-Mining Leases On Public Land

International Business Times – ‎Jan 16, 2016‎
An estimated 40 percent of the coal produced in the U.S. comes from federal lands, mostly in Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. Burning of coal and other fossil fuels for electricity production accounts for 31 percent of domestic

Tipton attacks Obama’s moratorium on new coal leases

The Durango Herald – ‎Jan 15, 2016‎
“Given serious concerns raised about the federal coal program, we’re taking the prudent step to hit pause on approving significant new leases so that decisions about those leases can benefit from the recommendations that come out of the review,” Jewell

In Climate Move, Obama Halts New Coal Mining Leases on Public Lands

New York Times – ‎Jan 15, 2016‎
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced on Friday a halt to new coal mining leases on public lands as it considers an overhaul of the program that could lead to increased costs for energy companies and a slowdown in extraction.

Obama Ends New Coal Leases On Public Lands

ThinkProgress – ‎Jan 15, 2016‎
“A complete assessment of the federal coal program is overdue,” said Dan Bucks, former director of the Montana Department of Revenue. “There are a host of energy, environmental, social, fiscal, and managerial issues that need to be addressed. The coal …

The Obama Administration Halts New Coal Mining on Federal Lands

CityLab – ‎Jan 15, 2016‎
“If you never have competitive sales, you can never really establish fair market value,” says Dan Bucks, who dealt with coal leasing as director of Montana’s Department of Revenue from 2005-2013. “Over the years and decades, we’re talking about

 

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RULES FOR HAPPINESS WHILE CONDUCTING COMPLEX INVESTIGATIONS

QUINTUS DIAS.  Recommendations and Information from QD as a former LEO to the grassroots investigators of corruption in HARNEY COUNTY OREGON.

 

RULES FOR HAPPINESS WHILE CONDUCTING COMPLEX INVESTIGATIONS

PROLOGUE  (Updated  2-1-2016)

–Transparency. Freedom from obscurity and easy to understand; the comprehensibility of clear expression, statements and or facts.

 

–Obscurity. The quality of being unclear or abstruse and hard to understand. Obscurity is the main obstacle of investigations bent on understanding, revelations, clarity and seeing the object/s of investigation/s for what it truly is or represents.

 

  1. Rules for Investigations-Preliminary Considerations

 

  1. The OBJECTIVE-what is it you are trying to know, understand, or to make clear-

 

  1. Ascertain what you know or do not know. [ Is your investigation related to criminal conduct, politics, ethics, and science? For example investigating corruption may have a political and or criminal nexus]

 

  1. Resources. What resources do you have to initiate, conduct, and complete a thorough, competent investigation? [Materials, time, expertise, analysis, money, phones, computers, radio, media]

 

  1. Specialists. What specialists do you have to lend expertise to certain aspects of the investigation? [A homicide investigations needs specialists in crime scene investigation techniques, evidence technicians, skilled interrogators, law experts and skilled cops with expertise in all aspects of homicide investigation ]

 

  1. Evidence and the Discovery Process. What elements of the investigation pertain to evidence? What is the discovery process?

           

  1. Evidence. What may be deemed evidence and how to preserve it or present it?

 

  1. The Discovery Process: facts and Information obtained through the discovery process-questioning, reading, examining persons, documents, photos or films may lead to conclusion supporting a thesis or a conclusion of guilt.

 

  1. Recourse to law. A criminal investigation or a civil suit investigation conducted under the auspices of a court has weight-that is, respondents, persons of interest, may be compelled by legal authority or penalty to present information, depositions objects, and submit to questioning to disclose identities, actions, and locations of

Persons directly or indirectly to the investigation. Thus, it helps to have legal powers to conduct an investigation.

 

–Police have legal authority to investigate

–Grand Juries have legal authority to investigate

–Courts have legal authority to issue search and seizure warrants based on probable cause

 

  1. Private Investigations. These investigations do not have legal authority, period. Private investigators do not have the legal right to go onto private property without an owner’s consent, nor do they have the ability to obtain bank records, email records, or phone records; they also cannot tamper with mail, wiretap a phone without consent, or obtain information or data through illegal means.
  2. Scope of Discovery with Legal Recourse. The basic rule of discovery is that a party may obtain any information that pertains to any issue in the case, as long as the information is not “privileged” or otherwise legally protected by law. Particulars of investigatory value are–
  • anything a witness or party saw, heard, or did in connection with the case
  • anything anyone said at a particular time and place
  • the identity of anyone who might know something about the case, about injuries, or money losses, or criminal conduct
  • detailed information on how a business or agency is run
  • documents relating to the case
  • The personal, educational, and professional background of a witness.

NOTE: obviously, a criminal investigation has many advantages over a private investigation. However, this should not discourage private parties from conducting an investigation until they are barred by legal constraints by law. Much can be learned despite the power a legal investigation has.

  1. The Discovery Process for Private Investigators [Complex Investigations]
  2. Newspaper resources. News paper articles related to the subject at hand are a primary resource. Make sure you check the morgue files for information
  3. Radio broadcasts/interviews, photo montages of persons, places, and documents are another resource
  4. Social Media outlets. These are an excellent investigatory tool

 

  1. Books, magazines, journals, documents. All are excellent resources for the discovery process
  2. Documentaries. Film documentaries are an excellent resource
  3. Source Context
  4. Primary sources. Primary sources allow investigators to get to the roots of original ideas, events and or studies. This can include creative ideas, first hand or contemporary accounts of events, publication of the results and or observations or studies, and other items directly related to the source.
  • Novels, plays, poems, works of art, popular culture
  • Diaries, narratives, autobiographies, memoirs, speeches
  • Documents, patents, drawings
  • Data tables, technical reports, research results
  1. Secondary sources analyze, review or review information in primary resources or other secondary resources. All sources presenting facts or descriptions about events are secondary unless they are based on eyewitness observation. Moreover, secondary sources often rely on other secondary sources and standard disciplinary methods to reach results, and they provide the principle sources of analysis about primary sources. Examples include:
  • Literature reviews
  • Scholarly articles that don’t present new experimental research results
  • Historical studies
  • Biographies
  • Newspapers
  1. Tertiary sources relate to overviews of topics by merging information from other resources. Tertiary resources can present data in a comprehensive form by tables, chronologies, almanacs and useful context to interpret it–
  • Encyclopedias
  • Chronologies
  • Almanacs
  • Textbooks

Links– http://ithacalibrary.com/sp/subjects/primary

 

 

III. The Trajectory of Complex Investigations. There are several trajectories that must be understood, planned for, and equipped for.

  1. The political. What political figures, parties, or concepts are applicable to the investigation?
  • Politicians [Democrat, Republican, Other] and links to persons of interest or corporate bodies, especially to lobbyists, mouthpieces, sources of finance (donors) and known criminals
  • Political parties [What links to the parties have to the present narrative, topics and persons of interest]
  • Political constructs [is the topic of investigation applicable to a socialist, communist, fascist or Republican form of government?

 

  1. The Criminal/Legal. What actions of persons of interest may constitute crimes and the discovery of evidence supporting allegations of criminal conduct?
  • Corruption, malfeasance, bribery, theft of services, intimidation of witnesses, perjury.
  • Violation of civil rights: Rights to assembly, unlawful arrest, unlawful detention, due process, incrimination
  • Evidence supporting the above
  • Preservation and chain of custody related to the above
  • Investigate instances or claims of judicial misconduct, perjury, witness tampering, and failure to disclose evidence. This applies to cops, judges, prosecutors and witnesses
  • The mysterious death/s or disappearance/s of anyone linked to the Objective
  1. The Financial [follow the money]. This is a biggie! What financial rewards or assets are at stake? Who has these stakes in possession or is about to ? What wealth is at stake [gas, oil, gold, lead, copper, silver, water, food crops, and cattle, wind, thermal etc.] Follow the money from the source to the person/s of interest and how it is spent, secured, or disposed of and to whom.
  • Source of money-who or what is it and the links to the person/s of interest [foreign or domestic source…loan company… bank…brokerage…loan company…shylocks…private loan
  • Convertible assets. Not all financial streams are based on money. Residences, land, artworks, gems, patents, publishing rights, loan of assets, conveyances, and business percentages can be exchanged for money or serve as money.
  • Money Laundering. The washing of illegal financial gains to make it legal.

NOTE: Money Laundering has three distinct parts-A forensic accountant can be extremely helpful in complex investigations if a financial element is under scrutiny

MONEY LAUNDERING

  1. Placement. The insertion of “dirty” funds into a legitimate institution, such as a cash deposit in a bank, or the money purchases stock and or notes and or bonds in a legitimate institution
  2. Layering. This washes money through stock or wire transfers between different accounts and or different countries and or the making of constant deposits or withdrawals to different persons, institutions and or accounts to complicate the transfer of funds and the principals involved. The money may change form to hard assets such as boats, planes and other high value items that can be converted back to cash (diamonds and gems or stamps)
  3. Integration. The money once again enters the economy in legitimate or legal form. It may come from a legal transaction originating from bank transfer into the account of a local business. The recipient may have an interest or access to the account or in the business for a percentage of the profits
  4. SUMMARY: Consequently, persons who have no legal authority investigating persons of record and or interest related to the Harney County, Oregon allegations of political corruption have a difficult but not impossible task.

            Recommendations-

  1. Get access to stock brands, registries’, grazing permits, water rights, foreclosures, bankruptcies and court records, land patents. See who owns what in Harney County. See who sold what to targets or fronts associated with them.
  2. See if the targets have associations with mob figures, criminals of record, financial institutions, criminal convictions/pardons, links with: lobbyists, global organizations, ecological organizations, employment, job creation and NGO boards. See if the targets have cross linkages with other persons associated with land, legal, mortgage, financial and or ecology organizations. What are they?
  3. See if the targets have numerous bank accounts, offshore accounts, take expensive vacations, political junkets and appear to live beyond their means. NOTE: Identify any shell companies or fronts and ID board of directors, where the corporation is registered and who registered it. See if there are cross linkages of the shell with any other companies.
  4. Obtain statements of net worth applicable to all politicians of interest and or public figures, who may be related, and see if they have obtained professional performance bonds. Did the politicians sign their oaths of office?

NOTE: Many politicians refuse to sign their oaths of office and this is a tipoff that they may be part of the corruption gang operative in the jurisdiction at hand.

  1. Ascertain if the targets have rule-making, foreclosure, financial sanction, or enforcement powers and delineate what they are.
  2. Ascertain if the targets have conflicts of interest and delineate what they are.
  3. Create spider web linkages between persons of interest and or organizations.
  4. Develop and protect confidential sources of information.
  5. Protect your information: duplicate it, disperse it, use digitization and hard copies.
  6. Limit the information to only authorized persons.
  7. Expect official obfuscation, provocations, misleading statements, or deceptive persons to throw you off course
  8. Compartmentalize the investigation as much as possible.
  9. Develop sources who can add their expertise on a voluntary basis that may want to publish your investigation, and or may use it for criminal proceedings as a base.
  10. Photograph, film and or tape, or digitize papers, persons, vehicles, buildings, conveyances including permits, license plate numbers.
  11. DO NOT TALK to the MSM or to police about what you are doing. As long as you are lawful, they do not need to know want you are doing. Nor are you obligated to inform them.
  12. Never meet a witness or source on their ground, especially in isolated places. You choose the place [preferably a public place]. Use a bodyguard detail when meeting sources [they should have CCW permits and carry heat]. Never pay for sources of information.
  13. Investigators should not be predictable. Change your daily schedule…do not use customary routes to places…change routes, residences, or vehicles, clothes as frequently as possible. Use remote car starters. Be careful of unsolicited mail or mail displaying misspellings, partially wrong address or that have oily stains, or that have no return address, or that seem unduly heavy. It may be a letter bomb.
  14. Use public library computers if you can without disclosing your identity. Use encryption.
  15. Run anti-virus and malware programs daily.
  16. be persistent, polite, and at times stand back and think about what you are doing and how it all relates. See the big picture and keep that in focus.