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The DOJ and the FBI admit to giving ‘flawed testimony’ from DNA unit for twenty years

April 20, 2015

 This story is very troubling to say the least: The Department of Injustice and the FBI have admitted that the FBI’s Laboratory microscopic hair comparison unit gave “flawed testimony” and “overstated forensic matches” in virtually every single case in which the unit was called in to testify over a twenty year period.

  Here is more:

The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in the FBI Laboratory’s microscopic hair comparison unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000, The Washington Post reported.

Twenty-six of the 28 examiners overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed so far, the Post reported Saturday, citing information from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Innocence Project.

The cases include those of 32 defendants sentenced to death; of those, 14 have been executed or died in prison, the Post reported in a story posted on its website.

The review confirmed that FBI experts systematically testified to the near-certainty of “matches” of crime-scene hairs to defendants, backing their claims by citing incomplete or misleading statistics drawn from their case work, the Post reported. In reality, according to the newspaper, there is no accepted research on how often hair from different people may appear the same.

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Patriots Day 2015: What you think was the beginning of the Revolutionary War is not true

April 19, 2015

 Today is the day which is considered by most to be the official beginning of the Revolutionary War with the shot heard around the world at the Battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775, while tomorrow the day will be officially observed. However, contrary to popular belief, the first shots in the war were not fired on April 19th of 1775 in Massachusetts as we have been taught, but rather they came a few months earlier, in December of 1774 in my state of New Hampshire.

  Here is part of what I wrote about this in an article I posted in 2011:

As we New Hampshirites know, contrary to popular belief, the Revolutionary War actually started months before the “shot heard around the world” when in New Hampshire in December of 1774 Paul Revere made a much less known ride to warn the patriots that the British were coming to reenforce Fort William and Mary.

   Equipped with this information 400 patriots raided Fort William and Mary and captured cannon and almost 100 barrels of gunpowder before the British could reenforce their fort. This was an act of war and was the beginning of the Revolution, while most of the country did not yet realize it a “silent” revolution had already begun in the state of New Hampshire before the first shots were fired; and it is believed that some of this captured gunpowder was used in the misnamed Battle of Bunker Hill.

  The first shots in the Revolutionary War came in December of 1774 and it was in New Hampshire, and not in Massachusetts, where the first shots were fired. Here is more background:

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Video: Ted Cruz’s full speech in front of the New Hampshire Republican Leadership Summit

April 19, 2015

 Yesterday I posted a video of Rand Paul’s speech at the New Hampshire Republican Leadership Summit which can be seen here. As most of you know I am an early supporter of Rand Paul however I have not made a decision and I am going to listen to what every candidate has to say.

  Ted Cruz also spoke at this event and his speech, to put it bluntly, kicked ass. He used a mixture of comedy and seriousness to attack Obamacare, common core, illegal immigration, the IRS, and other issues. One example of his humor was when he said he would abolish the IRS and put the 90,000 displaced IRS agents at the border because if the first thing illegal immigrants saw when they crossed the border were thousands of IRS agents they would turn around and go home.

  But he also addressed illegal immigration from a more serious, and personal, level and when you consider his family’s history he has more credibility on this issue in my opinion than any other candidate because his family understands what the promise of America really means.

  Here is the full video of his speech, enjoy:

Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

MSNBC panel: Hillary Clinton is running the most ‘contrived-appearing campaign ever’

April 19, 2015

  Hillary ClintonBecause Hillary Clinton left the lavishes of the White House dead-broke she can relate to the average American citizen, and to prove this she launched her now infamous Scooby van tour of Iowa to meet with average Americans on a personal level. I feel your pain because I also had that pain.

  Of course Hillary Clinton has been in the public eye for many years and she is not an average American and, try as she might, she will never be able to really understand the problems many Average Americans face on a daily basis. That is what made her Scooby tour seem so contrived–nobody is buying it and in fact it was more than a little embarrassing for her to even make this attempt for it is fooling nobody.

  But how contrived was it? It was so contrived that even the propaganda arm of the Democratic party, otherwise known as MSNBC, had to call it the “most contrived-appearing campaign ever.”

  Here is part of what the MSNBC panel had to say:

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Open thread for Sunday, April 19th: ‘Crocodiles’

April 19, 2015

  open-threadHere is the open thread for Sunday, April 19th. Please feel free to post links to interesting articles and to discuss whatever issues arise during the course of the day. Nothing is off-topic here.

 Last week we covered 13 stories, did you miss any of them? If so there is an easy way to make sure it does not happen again. I understand that all of you are busy and cannot always find the time to check the blog for updates so why not subscribe to America’s Watchtower and receive email updates whenever I write a new post? That is the easiest way to follow the blog to ensure you never miss another post.

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  Coming in at number nine on my all time favorite band list is alternative rockers Echo and the Bunnymen. I have included four videos which total six songs. First up is a live, and slightly extended, version of the title track from their debut album “Crocodiles.” This particular version is from 1983.

  The second video, also from 1983, includes “The Cutter” and the song which introduced me to the band–“The Killing Moon.”

  The third video includes “The Game” and the song which might be their biggest hit, I am not sure–“Lips Like Sugar.”

  And lastly I give you my favorite Echo and the Bunnymen song entitled “All My Colours (Zimbo)”

  Enjoy:

Video: Rand Paul’s full speech in front of the New Hampshire Republican Leadership Summit

April 18, 2015

Rand Paul  Rand Paul was in my state of New Hampshire today and he gave a speech at the New Hampshire Republican Leadership Summit. As regular readers of America’s Watchtower have probably figured out by my recent posts I am a supporter of the Republican Senator from Kentucky although I have not yet committed to a candidate.

  Rand Paul is an enigma in the Republican Republican party because he does not always toe the party line. Because of this the elitist Republican establishment have attacked him, especially after he announced his bid for the Presidency, by making the claim he is to the left of Barack Obama on national security issues.

  I would turn the tables on the establishment Republicans by asking them why they are so closely aligned with the President. The truth is, in my opinion, that the establishment Republicans are not any better than the Democrats who they pretend to oppose for they are also statists. They only differ on who should be in control of big government, they do not oppose big government.

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New anti-Hillary video: Trustworthy?

April 18, 2015

 America Rising PAC has released a new ad which basically asks if Hillary Clinton is trustworthy and I have decided to share it with my readers. My favorite part is a quote in which the former Secretary of State says, “you know what? Rich people… God bless us.” What a stunning revelation from the women who claimed she and her husband were dead broke when they left the White House. Of course the ad also mentions that at the time Mrs. Clinton left the White House she had an $8 million book advance. That must have slipped her mind…

  Enjoy:

 Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

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