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The New DOJ: Protect the Violent from Their Victims

When Will We Know?”—an ongoing series

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No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.—Title IX

The new U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) thinks that the larger problem in society is not the scourge of rape and sexual assault but the reporting of it. The authors of a new, leaked, memo from the Department of Justice appear the think that the quickest way to reduce sexual violence is to report it less.

A Justice Department draft memorandum that proposes “recommendations on the interpretation and enforcement of Title IX” was leaked on February 20 by one of the many online accounts of government employees who have “gone rogue” and are hard at work sharing with the world all the changes that have been introduced since the new presidential administration took the reins of power. Three days later, the document was confirmed to me as legitimate by a source.

The Twitter account that published the document, @ALT_USCIS, is operated by insiders who claim to be employed at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, and it has been a reliable source for information about the “ICE Raids” that took place the last three weeks and quite a few other things.

The thrust of the leaked draft memo is to change operational procedures in our nation’s schools and law enforcement from what has been a history of protecting victims of sexual assault to a new standard in which those accused of sexual assault are to be protected.
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Shawkan Is Spared a New Sentence

A journalist’s job is to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Mahmoud Abu Zeid, an Egyptian photojournalist who goes by the name “Shawkan,” learned today that his next hearing will be on Tuesday, March 21. And then chaos broke out in the courtroom.

The hearings in the trial of the more than 700 individuals detained in the aftermath of the government’s violent break-up of the Rabaa sit-in protest have unfolded in a logistically trying fashion. After the court’s judges announced the latest postponement, most of the defendants started to chant in unison that the court was unfair, that the session was invalid.

The panel of judges immediately found 700 of the defendants (almost the entire group) guilty of “insulting the judicial system,” and it sentenced each defendant to one year in jail with forced labor added. Shawkan was one of a mere twenty defendants who was not given the new, additional one-year sentence.
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The Border Patrol Emails: An Update

The writer or writers of the ALT🛂 Immigration Twitter account spent the day today reviewing the trove of documents that he or she started to publish this morning, documents purported to be from U.S. Border Patrol agents as they celebrated the U.S. Presidential Election results last November 8. A first batch was published on the Twitter account and this website published an article.

The account holder(s) noticed something and discontinued the document dump this afternoon, at first without explanation. In a private communication, an explanation was sent to me this evening: “Although some emails we reviewed appeared to be legitimate with correct sourcing, we have doubts to the authenticity of much of the rest of the rhetoric.” That statement is on-the-record.

Some of the emails may have been—or may not have been—tampered with to make the language appear incendiary. That possible tampering makes it difficult to separate the real opinions as truly reflected in the emails from the pranks, in both those emails published and those not yet seen, so, in a display of admirable prudence, the ALT🛂 Immigration Twitter account holders have chosen to cease using the source that supplied the emails from U.S. Border Patrol.
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‘The Wetback Killing Business’: the Border Patrol Emails

Updated at 7:30 p.m. February 23, 2017.

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On election night last year, one Border Patrol officer wrote to another officer: “America dont know we are about to go after brown wetback take their sh*t and ship the rats out in containers full of sh*t.” (Expletives lightly modified.) The email is one in a long thread that carries this subject line: “TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP.”

The several Border Patrol agents were happy with the results of the 2016 presidential election. One wrote: “did you see Killary’s face on TV just now? do you think she knows the army of TRUMP and GOD is bout to be unleashed? F*ck I wanna process and deport HUSSEIN OBAMER!”

Another wrote that night: “we in the wetback killing business and business will be boom’n.”

These emails come from a document leak that the “rogue” federal employee Twitter account @ALT_USCIS is publishing this afternoon on its timeline. (At the end of the article I have a note that explains my trust in this account, and thus in this document.)
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New DHS Policies, Predicted 11 Days Ago

When Will We Know?”—an ongoing series

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today released two memos from Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly that explain how the department will detain and prosecute undocumented immigrants and criminal immigrants. For any readers who follow the “rogue” Citizenship and Immigration Service Twitter account @ALT_USCIS, the publication of the memos—and details inside them—comes eleven days after that account supplied those details. (CNN and other news outlets reported the existence of the memos two days ago.)

There are many online accounts of government employees (including at least two accounts whose writers claim to be inside the White House itself) who have “gone rogue” and are hard at work sharing with the world all the changes that have been introduced since the new presidential administration took the reins of power. @ALT_USCIS is a must-read account as of right now. If journalism is the first draft of history, this Twitter account is supplying the previews.
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A New Interpretation of Title IX?

UPDATE, February 24: A source in the federal government confirmed to this website last night that the leaked memo from the Department of Justice that is discussed below is legitimate.

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When Will We Know?”—an ongoing series

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No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.—Title IX

A U.S. Department of Justice draft memorandum that proposes “recommendations on the interpretation and enforcement of Title IX” was leaked today by one of the many online accounts of government employees who have “gone rogue” and are hard at work sharing with the world all the changes that have been introduced since the new presidential administration took the reins of power.

The Twitter account that published the document three hours ago, @ALT_USCIS, is operated by insiders who claim to be employed at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, and has been a reliable source for information about the “ICE Raids” that took place the last two weeks. That reliability is the reason I am sharing the documents here.

The main thrust of the leaked draft memo is to change operational procedures in our nation’s schools and law enforcement from what has been a history of protecting victims of sexual assault to a new standard in which those accused of sexual assault are to be protected.
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The Old Stone

Because the Rosetta Stone was (is) a document of a very important decree, it was carved into granite; however, its preservation into the modern era (it was found in 1799) is an accident of circumstance. Without it, we would not have the term “Rosetta stone,” and then where would we be?

Because it is the document of a very important decree, it has a date on it, a date that may have been as important to its readers as July 4, 1776, is to some Americans. The date is given as 18 Meshir during the ninth year of Ptolemy’s reign; that date is March 27, 196 BC.
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A Summons for Samar Badawi: Updated 2/15

Earlier today, Saudi Arabian human rights activist Samar Badawi was questioned by authorities with that nation’s Bureau of Investigation and was allowed to leave after the interview.

On her Twitter page, she reported that the Bureau wanted to ask her about her human rights activities:

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