05/02/2013 Attack continues. No word from attacker. Site is open, but occasionally tor crashes and has to be restarted.
Rob Duke's insight:
Fraud and cyber attacks plagued Silk Road. Dread Pirate Roberts finds that his utopia without government ends up needing government, including a type of policing that has no oversight. He ends up using Hells Angels assassins to kill employees turned informants, scammers, and blackmailers (6 hits are known to have been ordered).
Yes, the system's screwed up, but like Churchill said about democracy: "it's the worst, except for all the rest".
DEA special agent Carl Force and Secret Service special agent Shaun Bridges were arrested Monday and charged with wire fraud and money laundering. Bridges is accused of placing $800,000 of Silk Road bitcoins he obtained in a personal account on the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange. But Bridges’ charges pale in comparison with the accusations against the DEA’s Force, who is additionally charged with theft of government property and conflict of interest in his investigation of the Silk Road. Force allegedly took hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bitcoin payments from the Silk Road as part of his undercover investigation and transferred them to a personal account rather than confiscate them as government property. He’s also accused of secretly working for the bitcoin exchange firm CoinMKT, using his DEA powers to seize a customer’s funds from the exchange, and later using a subpoena to the payment firm Venmo to try to unlock his frozen funds there.
Rob Duke's insight:
Two of the main investigators charged with corruption.
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A State Police forensic scientist who was facing termination has been allowed to return to work as questions mount about whether the agency was misguided in its decision to seek to fire 15 DNA analysts for an alleged cheating scandal. Recently, the person said, Rafferty reached an agreement with State Police in which he acknowledged it was improper to share information about a qualification test on a computer server. On Friday afternoon, four days after the Times Union contacted the State Poli
By the time senators broke for the holiday, they had blocked a House-passed bill and several short-term extensions of the key provisions in the Patriot Act.
The main stumbling block was a House-passed provision to end the NSA’s bulk collection of domestic phone records. Instead, the records would remain with telephone companies subject to a case-by-case review.
Boston police have put a veteran officer on paid administrative leave amid a federal criminal investigation, police said.David “Duke” Fitzgerald — the brother of Boston Police Superintendent Paul Fitzgerald, who is in charge of the Boston Regional Intelligence Unit — was called into headquarters and put on leave last night, according to Boston police commissioner William Evans.
An FBI explosive ordinance disposal unit was taken by helicopter this week to a mining camp off the Glenn Highway near the Eureka Roadhouse to detonate old dynamite discovered at the camp by the property's new owner.
Rob Duke's insight:
Reminds me of a time we blew up 13 sticks of old weepy dynamite and a flock of honkers decided to land right on top of the epicenter....we scared them away just before detonation....well mostly.
But in his role as a National Officer of the Bandidos, Graves strongly denies claims by police that biker gangs involved have been ordered to “kill anyone in uniform.”
“How long do you think the Bandidos motorcycle organization would last if we went out shooting at cops?” he questioned. “President Obama himself would send out the Air Force, the Army, the Marine Corp and everybody and take us out. There’s no way. We respect the police for doing their job.”
Conversely, in less toxic companies, leaders manage the tensions within groups to enhance team performance and, in turn, organizational effectiveness. To do this, the best managers recognize the psychological underpinnings of office politics and do two things in response: they manage the way they themselves behave, and they are careful about how they motivate others. People who are perceived as apolitical display high levels of congruence between what they say and what they do, and they are also good at rewarding others for what they were required to do, while holding them accountable for what they fail to deliver.
A suspect being sought by police for an Omaha shooting opened fire Wednesday on officers, prompting police to return gunfire in a shootout that left one officer and the suspect dead, Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said.
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