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Deep Throat double cross

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The covert identity of Deep Throat, the informant who blew the whistle on the Watergate scandal, remained a secret for more than 30 years. The times have changed. Today, the government is treating informants as disposable sources of information, often jeopardizing their identities and lives. Considering this modus operandi, how many reliable sources of information will be willing to cross over to the other side of the looking-glass in the future?

Throwaway people

Deep Throat was introduced to the public by the Washington Post’s reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in their 1974 book “All The President's Men”. Bernstein kept the secret of Deep Throat’s identity even from his then-wife Nora Ephron. The ex-wife would find her own celebrity as a brilliant, Academy Award nominated writer and director ("When Harry Met Sally," "Silkwood," “Sleepless in Seattle," “Julie and Julia”). Nora Ephron became obsessed with figuring out the mystery. Years earlier, Ephr…

Ex-FBI Agent Edward Preciado-Nuño brutally murders a woman, free on bail, trial delayed three times

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Former FBI Agent from San Diego, Edward Preciado-Nuño, brutally murdered a 31year-old mother of four, Kimberly Ann Long, by beating her to death with a claw hammer. Most defendants in similar scenarios would be denied bail, languishing in prison until their trial date. Incredibly, Preciado-Nuño is awaiting trial from the comfort of his home, having posted a low $250,000.00 dollar bond.

Edward Preciado-Nuño is a brother of Oscar Preciado – former Port Director for the San Ysidro Port of Entry (the largest and busiest land border crossing in the United States). Oscar Preciado still works at the same Port of Entry as a Special Project Manager for the Department of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Customs and Border Protection. After Edward Preciado-Nuño murdered Kimberly Long, Oscar Preciado traveled to Las Vegas in a show of support for his brother. Both of them were born in Tijuana, Mexico and moved to San Diego as children when their family immigrated to the United States. The possibility…

Erosion of 1st Amendment rights exemplified by South Park censorship and Senate Bill S. 3081

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Founding father Benjamin Franklin wrote, “Without Freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as Wisdom; and no such thing as public Liberty, without Freedom of speech.” According to these simple truths, Americans are quickly losing their constitutional rights to think, speak and live free. Our daily lives are replete with examples from the media, as well as looming legislature threatening our freedom and independence.

South Park censorship

The irreverent cartoon, “South Park”, made us laugh by poking fun at every imaginable topic. This notoriously acerbic animation made fun of Jesus, the Queen, Mormons, Scientologists, Catholics, Jews, celebrities and politicians.

The 201st episode of merciless satire hit a snag when a New York-based group of extremist Muslim converts, “Revolution Muslim”, sent death threats to Comedy Central. They were prompted by an episode featuring the prophet Muhammad in a bear costume. Death threats were posted on the group’s website, targeting the originators …

Toyota faces largest civil penalty ever issued to automaker, car lots abound with dummies

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The government proposed an unprecedented fine of $16.4 million dollars against Toyota, accusing the automaker of hiding a "dangerous defect" from regulators. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the penalties the government is planning to levy against Toyota for faulty gas pedals that have led to a recall for millions of the company’s vehicles, including such popular models as Camry and Corolla.

LaHood stated that documents obtained from Toyota show that the company was aware of the problem with the sticking gas pedals for several months before it issued a recall. This problem impacted 2.3 million vehicles. "We now have proof that Toyota failed to live up to its legal obligations," LaHood said in an official statement. "Worse yet, they knowingly hid a dangerous defect for months from U.S. officials and did not take action to protect millions of drivers and their families."

Secretary LaHood Announces DOT is Seeking Maximum Civil Penalty from Toyota

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Janet Napolitano blasted by Congress during Department of Homeland Security hearings

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On February 25, 2010, Janet Napolitano testified before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Homeland Security Appropriations. In an uncommon display of bipartisan unity, most members were unanimous in their open criticism of the beleaguered agency and its inept leadership. Prior to the hearing, Independent Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Susan Collins, R-Maine, wrote to Napolitano, calling the size of the agency's work force "unacceptable, untenable and unsustainable."

Lieberman, Collins Astounded DHS Contract Workers Exceed Number Of Civilian Employees

This grim reality was further exacerbated by Napolitano’s proposed 2011 budget for the Department of Homeland Security, described by Congressman Hal Rogers as “simply indefensible”, “at best - curious, at worst - dangerous.” In his opening statement, Rogers said, “In the seven years that I have examined DHS’s budgets, I don’t think I’ve seen a proposal that is so poorly prioritized and that so badly fails to a…

Deport your Valentine -- Man posing as U.S. Marshal breaches TSA security, deports relative’s wife

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With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, what do you do if you’re growing tired of your pregnant wife? How about arranging for a fake deportation? This bizarre plan was recently carried out to fruition in California, in plain sight of law enforcement officials. In the process, the perpetrator brazenly penetrated TSA’s security at the San Diego International Airport, in spite of security improvements after the attempted Christmas Day bombing. All it took was a few simple props and oodles of chutzpah.

On January 15, 2010, Gregory Raymond Denny, Jr., a 37-year-old California man, barged into the Hemet residence of his cousin Craig Hibbard and his wife Cherriebelle. Posing as a federal officer with a gun and a badge, Denny handcuffed five months pregnant Cherriebelle. He claimed to possess a deportation order issued by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), but did not produce any immigration paperwork.
Denny marched the woman out of the house in handcuffs and drove her to the U.S.…