Here Are Some of the Americans in the “Panama Papers”

With media attention squarely falling on the foreigners exposed by the Panama Papers offshore tax haven scandal, everyone has been asking for more information on who are the Americans involved in this biggest data leak in history. After all, as we showed, Mossack Fonseca had over 400 American clients. But who are they? Today, courtesy of McClatchy, we get some answers: while there are no politicians of note are in files but plenty of others. Among them: Retirees, scammers, and tax evaders, all of whom found a use for secrecy of offshore companies. As the news paper reports, “the passports of at least 200 Americans show up in this week’s massive leak of secret data on secretive offshore shell companies.” And yet, the following release may prompt merely more questions: given the high-profile nature of some of the foreign names in the leaks “many of the Americans may seem […] Read More

Former Presidents Warn About the “Invisible Government” Running the United States

By Ross Pittman “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” — George Santayana Past presidents of the United States and other high profile political leaders have repeatedly issued warnings over the last 214 years that the U.S. government is under the control of an “invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.” According to six of our former presidents, one vice-president, and a myriad of other high profile political leaders, an invisible government that is “incredibly evil in intent” has been in control of the U.S. government “ever since the days of Andrew Jackson” (since at least 1836).  They “virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes. They practically control both parties… It operates under cover of a self-created screen [and] seizes our executive officers, legislative bodies, schools, courts, newspapers and every agency created for the public […] Read More

Nurses Coming Clean About Government’s ‘Super-Race’ Forced Sterilizations

  It sounds like something out of Nazi Germany, but it happened right in the United States. Now, former nurses are coming forward, admitting and lamenting their roles in a government forced-sterilization of those deemed “defective.” “Ground Zero” for the government plans for a “super-race” was at the Lynchburg State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded. Former nurse Celia Vandegrift is 87, but she explains that her memory is still crystal clear with regards to the forced-sterilizations she took part in administering. The government-run facility housed those who were epileptic, mentally disabled and others determined by the State to be “socially inadequate.” Vandegrift says she personally administered thousands of forced sterilizations as part of a government effort to rid society of those deemed defective. All of this was literally for the purpose of creating what the government claimed would be a “super-race.” Al-Jazeera’s “America Tonight” sat down with Vandegrift, who explained “it’s what our legislators […] Read More

‘Walmart Just Proved They Are On The Side of Police Brutality’

Today marked the second National Day of Protest For John Crawford. Over a dozen cities all over the United States turned out to protest in front of their local Walmart stores, in support of the young man who was gunned down by police after he took a toy BB gun off of a Walmart shelf. Many who did not attend the protests have asked or wondered “why are you doing these protests at Walmart?” “After all,” they say, “it wasn’t Walmart’s fault that the Beavercreek police killed John Crawford.” Yes and no. Protesters associated with the #Action4JohnCrawford protests say that Walmart store security has colluded with the Beavercreek police from day one. They have covered up everything for the police, and concealed evidence, all to help the police get their story together and to allow public anger to dissipate, at the police department’s request. While the public demanded that […] Read More

Innocent Man Facing Years In Prison Now Free, Officers Arrested, Charged With Conspiracy

Two police officers have just been indicted on charges of conspiracy and misconduct. But until a dashboard video was released, the man who they victimized was actually the one in trouble. Officers accused Marcus Jeter, 30, of eluding police, prosecutors said. He faced these charges in Newark Superior Court, and was originally facing a years-long prison sentence. But that was when the video of New Jersey Officers Orlando Trinidad and Sean Courter, both 33, had not yet been released. Once it was, the tables turned very quickly. “The first plea was five years,” Jeter explained. But when Steven Brown, Jeter’s attorney, filed a request for records, the dash-cam video showing what really happened June 7, 2012 showed that the police were the real criminals in this case. The video shows Jeters with his hands clearly above his head. “The next thing I know, one of them busts the door […] Read More

African American Arrested for Drinking Iced Tea in Parking Lot Finally Cleared After Two Years

He was doing nothing other than standing in a parking lot and drinking a can of iced tea. But he found out that this can apparently get you arrested, all on it’s own. That’s what happened back on the evening of April 27th, in 2013. Two men had been outside waiting for friends to arrive. They were standing in the parking lot outside of a state-owned ABC Liquor Store. One of those two men was Christopher Lamont Beatty. He was holding a canned beverage, while his friend, Tino Brown, was on his cell phone. A unidentified and ununiformed man came up to Beatty and demanded to know what he was drinking. The man said he was “the police”, but failed to produce any badge or identifying proof that he was a member of law enforcement. The ununiformed cop said he was sure the two were drinking alcohol. In reality, however, Tino Brown’s drink turned out to not be alcohol […] Read More

Senator With DUI Says 1891 Rule Should Make Him ‘Privileged From Arrest’

He was busted drinking and driving, but a Kentucky state senator says that he should have his charges dismissed. Why? Because of a rule that originated from before there were even cars on the road. Senator Brandon Smith cites an 1891 rule that says state lawmakers are “privileged from arrest” during legislative sessions. Smith’s request was formally filed as a motion by his attorney. It is based on Section 43 in the Kentucky state constitution. That section was added in 1891. “The members of the General Assembly shall, in all cases except treason, felony, breach or surety of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance on the sessions of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any speech or debate in either House they shall not be questioned in any other place,” it reads. Smith, a Republican senator, found himself […] Read More

Cop Suspended After Video of Him Punching Suspect Surfaces

A Columbia, South Carolina Police officer was recently suspended when a video surfaced and began circulating throughout social media. Police acknowledge that the video clearly shows the officer punching a man multiple times. But at first, Chief Skip Holbrook said he made the decision to suspend after he saw the video online himself. That led to him opening up his own internal investigations. The incident in the video showed five off-duty police officers in the parking area of Sound Stage, when a fight started. A bystander recorded the police grabbing people, some who were involved, and others who were not. The video captured one individual who was face down on the ground when a police officer punched him multiple times. “Why are you punching him?” one woman screamed. The officer, who was not identified at first, barks, “back the f*ck up!” Chief Holbrook later identified the officer as Tyrone […] Read More

Woman Shot Six Times After Reporting She Was Having Sex With Police Official

“They Didn’t Have To Shoot Me Six Times,” Amy Bramuchi said about Alpharetta police officers who broke into her home while she was sleeping. She’s talking about an incident on September 25th when Alpharetta police officers shot her, in what she claims was an act of “retaliation.” The nationally certified Massage Therapist and Yoga Instructor recalled, “I was asleep and the next thing I know I hear my door being broken down. I was scared, and I didn’t know what was going on.” Bramuchi explained to local CBS Atlanta News that she was on medication and sleeping pills. A friend of her’s was worried that she was suicidal, which she claims was incorrect. But because of the medication, she did not hear police at the door. A police report in fact confirmed that officers did not make contact with he, so they violently forced their way in. Bramuchi was […] Read More

Two White Men Took BB-Guns Off Walmart Shelves, Loaded Them, Shot Up Store, Weren’t Shot By Police

The case of John Crawford III needs little introduction, especially to regular Counter Current News readers. Our citizen journalists were on the scene before even the local Dayton area media had made it out to the Beavercreek Walmart early in August of this year. From the start, we have had extensive coverage of the shooting by Officer Sean Williams, and the protests that have followed ever since. The initial report called in to 911 by Ronald Ritchie maintained that John Crawford had taken what we later discovered was a BB-guy, and “loaded” it. While this was very far from the truth, Ronald Ritchie has still never been prosecuted for lying to the 911 operate and inducing panic. In spite of the fact that John Crawford had actually done nothing wrong or illegal whatsoever – never even turning with the toy gun pointing towards either officer – he was shot […] Read More

Media Ignoring Two of the Worst Cases of Unarmed Victims of Police Killing

  In all of the melee resulting from the shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson, and the decision to not indict the officer who killed Eric Garner in New York City, the media has overlooked a number of other very important shootings of unarmed civilians by police officers. One of the most egregious offenses is that of Officer Joseph Weekley’s fatal shooting of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones. Officer Weekley recently saw manslaughter charge dropped against him, for shooting the 7-year-old while she slept. The Detroit police officer had been on trial for involuntary manslaughter who was shot and killed during a 2010 police raid. But early in October, Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway granted a motion which Weekley’s attorney had filed, arguing for the dismissal of the felony charge he faced in the young girl’s death. The trial was brought to an end while the […] Read More

Cop Admits ‘Political Reasons’ Are Preventing Local Murder of 11-Year-Old From Being Solved

The heartbreaking hit-and-run murder of 11-year-old Robbie Silva made headlines almost a decade ago. But now, a police officer is coming out and saying that the reason the case has still not been solve is “political.” Silva was sledding when a driver of a white ford pickup truck drove into him back on December 1st of 2005. But a Blue Island, Chicago area police officer who was once in charge of that investigation has blown the whistle on his department. Sgt. Ismael Haro says that he knows who killed the 11-year-old, but his superior officers are not allowing him to continue the investigation, nor make arrests, for what he calls “political reasons.” “The nurse and a doctor and another nurse came down the hallway and I just saw the looks on their faces and I knew Robbie wasn’t alive,” Robbie’s mother, Bethanne Thomas explained. Thomas says that it has […] Read More

Anonymous ‘Hacktivists’ Say Police Aren’t Solving Case Where Girl Was Burned To Death So They Will

Police not doing their job is hardly something new… But now the hacktivist group Anonymous has said that they will do the job of law enforcement investigators for them, since they are apparently unwilling or unable to make an arrest in the Jessica Chambers murder case. The case of Jessica’s murder horrified Mississippi’s after the young girl was found burned alive near her vehicle, nearly two weeks ago. Ben Chambers, the father of the 19-year-old Mississippi girl said he wants the killer or killers locked in solitary confinement, saying that “I promise as long as I have breath in me I can talk to people and make sure they’re not comfortable in there.” On December 6th, Jessica was found walking away from her burning vehicle. She had burns covering over 98% of her body. No arrests have been made yet, and Anonymous says that this is because the small, […] Read More