Archive | September 11, 2015

CPS Case against Texas Homeschool Family Dismissed but Children are Traumatized*

CPS Case against Texas Homeschool Family Dismissed but Children are Traumatized*

Claire and William Rembis with the youngest of their 11 children. Source: the Rembis family

The Rembis family in Texas is rejoicing and giving glory to God. Family court Judge Cyndi Wheless has ruled that the CPS case against them is dismissed. Their children are home, and there are no more “hoops” to jump through to prove that they are good parents for their 11 homeschooled children.

There was a court hearing on August 31, but the case remained open after the hearing, over concerns that CPS didn’t know what the “educational status” of the children was. Then, the judge issued a ruling,

“after considering the testimony at trial of the investigator from Montague County and the testimony of the lawyers regarding the status of the kids being healthy and happy.”

Case dismissed.

Claire Rembis says that they got the news on Monday, and she is still stunned that the whole nightmare ordeal is over.

“I feel free, but I am still shocked! Is this really closed? I feel vulnerable. The case is closed completely, but look what we had to go through.”

Their whole nightmare ordeal began when Claire, formerly of Plano, Texas, had an acute attack of pancreatitis and had to be hospitalized for 3 days. Two church members from a church their oldest son had previously attended said that they stopped by the house to “help.” Instead, they decided to report the family to CPS because the 2 oldest boys, ages 16 and 14, were left in charge of their siblings while their father William took the baby (7 weeks old at the time) to visit Claire in the hospital.

CPS Kidnaps 11 Children from Texas Homeschool Family

Rather than coming home to recuperate, the mother of 11 came home to have Child Protective Services drop in to take all of their children. The removal was reportedly illegal, and the children were returned after several days, but not without a heavy tapestry of strings attached. Many services were court-ordered, the sheer volume of which any parent would find intimidating.

Meanwhile, the family had to find a new place to live after an officer present during the seizure of the children made unfounded allegations to the landlord of their home about the family violating their lease.

It is not an easy thing to find a suitable home on short notice that will accommodate such a large family, but the family says that God miraculously provided a wonderful home the very weekend that they had to be out of their old house. The new house is in a different county, which ended up being very good for the family.

It is not an easy thing to find a suitable home on short notice that will accommodate such a large family, but the family says that God miraculously provided a wonderful home the very weekend that they had to be out of their old house. The new house is in a different county, which ended up being very good for the family.

New Allegations Surface – Possibly From an Insider for Harassment

About 2 weeks before the last court hearing, new allegations came to the surface. Claire says that she learned that some of the new allegations appeared to be a copy and paste of previous allegations which had already been demonstrated to be unfounded.

Others were completely absurd: it was alleged that she had KNIVES in a drawer in her kitchen. The kids could possibly get to them, CPS feared. But, the truth of the matter is that, while every other home in America probably does have knives in a kitchen drawer, the Rembis home does not. The knives are kept in a wooden block that is pushed to the back of the counter top, safely out of reach of little hands.

Claire and William were told that the new allegations appear to have come from someone with an agenda, in order to harass them. They report that they were also being harassed by their social worker Jennifer Matthews, who was allegedly fired from CPS recently after she was removed from their case.

Jennifer Matthews

It is unknown who the new allegations came from, but a new investigator from the new county came to the new house to investigate the allegations.

CPS Subpoenas New Investigator – Not What They Expected

The hearing last week took place in Collin County, where the Rembis family used to live, with all of the former players. The anomaly was the new CPS investigator from Montague County, where the Rembis family currently resides. Claire reports that one of her supporters described the attorneys, Guardian Ad Litems, CPS workers, etc, as “all frothing at the mouth” as they brought accusation after allegation about the children’s education and so on. When the new investigator that CPS had subpoenaed got on the stand, William Rembis reports that he testified that all of the children denied any abuse or neglect in his conversations with him, and stated: .

“I have no concerns about this family”.

Reportedly, the Family Services worker rolled her eyes, and an Attorney Ad Litem’s face turned red. The judge inquired how any of the concerns presented by CPS affect the safety of the children, when CPS workers themselves admitted that the children were happy and healthy.

Claire sent this message to her friends:

“2 weeks ago someone called in a false report – new allegations. The investigator spent about 4 hours with our family, including private interviews with the kids. Of course the allegations were unfounded. CPS subpoenaed him to testify on their behalf. Little did they know that he spoke very highly of our family. My husband said that the CPS folks were giving him dirty looks while he was praising us! Turns out, that terrifying experience for us turned into a blessing in the end! Finally, a CPS investigator that wasn’t corrupt. A county that isn’t corrupt.”

However, as previously reported, the case was not dismissed, pending “educational assessments” and another weight check of baby Enoch. The homeschooling of the children was being challenged as a basis for keeping the family in the CPS system.

Claire says that she was overjoyed to learn this week that Judge Wheless decided to dismiss the case.

CPS Harm Remains: Children are Traumatized

Though they are thankful that the case is over, the trauma that the family has experienced is not. The children have reportedly lost some of their innocence. They no longer have the security of the childlike faith that their daddy can protect them from anything, because they saw that, against the monster of Child Protective Services, their strong daddy was powerless.

The fears of the children are triggered by simple things like the ringing of the doorbell. They are afraid of the police now. Their parents have taught them that the police are the good guys, but the children no longer trust that. They are fearful that any police officer they see works with CPS and will take them away from their parents.

Some of the children have been having nightmares, and cry out in the night from dreams “that I was in the foster home.” They come to their parents room in the middle of the night, scared.

They are also terrified whenever they see anyone out in public that reminds them of Jennifer Matthews. She is the person that Claire reports her children fear most. Jennifer was the one who was banging on the door to take them away, and who was looking into their bedroom windows. When the children see someone who looks like the social worker, they immediately think that the person is a bad person.

Cinderella never had problems with anxiety before, but now she is reportedly panicking and having tummy aches, asking for her parents to pray for her because she is so afraid.

Claire – the System Needs to Be Changed

One thing that Claire says that she takes away from all the ordeal that they have been through is the recognition that the judges rely on the people within the system – the Guardian Ad Litems, social workers, attorneys, etc. – to give them good information. Also, many times the attorneys fail to present information that is needed to tell their clients’ side of the story. In the first hearing with the Rembis family, their side was only given about 20 minutes for testimony, while the CPS side took up most of the day.

“I realize that these judges are only going to hear what these workers or investigators tell them. If they are only hearing from corrupt workers, then that affects their rulings. She [Judge Wheless] was doing the best she could with the information she had. The most incredible, fair judge still has to rule with the information they have, and some of these people [social workers, GALs] lie under oath.

It was good that we have the judge that we have.”

She says that the judge rebuked the social workers for investigating calls that were clearly harassment calls, asking why they even brought the allegations to court when it was obvious that they knew that the calls were harassment. This is reportedly not in accordance with protocol, but they did it. Claire continues:

“We Saw Miracles”

Now that they have experienced something they say that no family should ever have to go through, Claire says that she wants to help other families. She believes strongly in the power of prayer, and credits God with bringing the victory to her family.


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Montana Tribes Celebrate Purchase of Hydroelectric Dam*

Montana Tribes Celebrate Purchase of Hydroelectric Dam*

A Montana state senator failed to persuade a federal judge that a hydroelectric dam should not be transferred to Native American tribes because of their ties to the Turkish government and fear of a terrorist attack.

State Sen. Bob Keenan sued the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to try to stop the transfer of the Kerr Dam to a coalition of Native American tribes. In his Sept. 2 lawsuit in District of Columbia Federal Court, Keenan pointed out that transferring control of the dam on the Flathead River, near the Flathead Reservation, would be “the first-ever major hydropower facility/license conveyance to a Native American tribal government to take place since the events of September 11, 2001.”

Keenan, a Republican, obviously was unhappy with the tribes and with FERC. He accused FERC of “systemic abuse,” arbitrary and capricious friendliness to the tribes, and “perpetrat(ing)” a “grand deception” upon Montana by mismanaging the dam.

 “This Court, out of an abundance of precaution, must view these failings in the context of the post-9/11 world in which we all live and work, where threats and isolated acts of terrorism are no longer uncommon occurrences, but are carefully considered, reviewed and assessed by federal agencies and law enforcement officials charged with protecting the public interest,” Keenan said in his complaint.

State Sen. Verdell Jackson and Pointer Scenic Cruises joined him in the lawsuit against the FERC, the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras didn’t buy the arguments, and refused to restrain the transfer on Sept. 4. The Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation celebrated their acquisition of the dam the next day.

The Kerr Dam, near Polson, Mont., was built in the 1930s, despite tribal leaders’ objections, and has been controversial ever since. The dam was built on a place of spiritual importance. The Salish and Kootenai Tribes paid $18.3 million for the dam.
In his lawsuit, Keenan cast a cold eye upon Turkey’s efforts to build business relationship with U.S. tribes, including the Salish and Kootenai.

“Between 2008 and 2015, representatives from various U.S.-based Turkish American organizations and the Islamic Government of the Republic of Turkey have made considerable efforts to establish business and cultural exchange relationships with Native American tribes and their members, including students,” Keenan says in the complaint.

Keenan claims that the FERC and the Department of the Interior have “waived” far too many powers to the tribes, for decades.

“Since these requirements have long been waived in promotion of tribal self-governance, how then can FERC now be assured that proceeding with such transaction on September 5, 2015 is in the public interest, especially considering that we all are in a post-9/11 world and closely monitoring potential national security issues?” Keenan asks, quoting from an objection co-plaintiff Pointer filed with the FERC on Aug. 24.

Turkey is a U.S. ally a member of NATO. Nonetheless, Keenan says, the Turkish government has been “harbouring, funding and facilitating the broadcast disseminations” of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

“These disturbing media reports spanning 2012-2015 raise serious questions about the motivations underlying the Republic of Turkey’s extensive public outreach to the Native American community,” Keenan says in the complaint.

He claims tribal ownership of the dam could lead to terrorist attacks because the Salish and Kootenai tribes have “technical expertise in high profile” uranium cleanups.

 “It is quite possible that the Turkish government, sponsored Turkish business enterprises and affiliated terrorist groups or members may be seeking access to such expertise for possible acquisition and use of incendiary devices to compromise Kerr Dam and/or other off-reservation targets,” the complaint states.

Judge Contreras called the arguments about the Turkish government “somewhat perplexing.”

“To the extent such injuries are cognizable, nowhere are those allegations substantiated in the record,” Contreras wrote.

“Indeed, at hearing, counsel for plaintiffs conceded that no such evidence has been submitted relating to the plaintiffs’ alleged economic harm.”

Keenan filed a motion for a week-long extension on Sept. 8, four days after Contreras refused to block the transfer and three days after the tribes celebrated.

Keenan is a member of his party’s right wing. He calls federal health inspectors the “food safety Gestapo,” opposes the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and home schools his children rather than send them to government schools, according to Governing magazine. According to Governing, a nonpartisan publication, Keenan has said,

“The federal government has no right to be involved with education.”


The dam itself is 541 feet long and 205 feet high. That’s 54 feet higher than Niagara Falls. It’s located on the Flathead River about five miles from Polson, Montana, and Flathead Lake, the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi.

Left to right: Brian Lipscomb talking with tribal council members Carole Lankford, Ron Trahan and Terry Pitts. On the wall behind: Chief Charlo ,Salish; Chief Alexander, Pend Oreille; Chief Koostatah, Kootenai (Courtesy Rob McDonald, CSKT)


Energy Keepers, Inc. is a corporation wholly owned by CSKT (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes) and was established to acquire, operate and sell power from the Kerr hydropower dam which is located within the reservation.

“Our ancestors had the vision that we’d recapture the resources surrounding the dam,”

Ronald Trahan, CSKT Council Chairman said.

“Moving a step closer to that vision has been good for my heart and everyone else on Council. It’s been a long time coming. A lot of hard work and sacrifices brought us here. Through it all we must honour the ancestors who held the original vision to bring us this success.”

The dam was started in 1929 but lack of money delayed completion till 1938.

“It was built at a time when the reservation was in the process of being allotted to plat an Indian reservation,” Energy Keepers CEO Brian Lipscomb said.

“They built an irrigation allotment on top of that allotment. In the process of constructing the irrigation project they needed power to run the pumps so they developed an electric site where Kerr dam sits now.”

Montana Power arrived, determined the site was large enough to build a dam and agreed to provide power to run the pumps, and they would keep the rest of the power.

The initial license by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) expired in 1980. The tribes filed a competing license application in 1976 and after nine years of negotiating reached a settlement with Montana Power Company. “We would receive $9.5 million for land rental payment and have the opportunity to acquire the facility at the original cost of construction, less depreciation for the last 20 years of the license,” Lipscomb explained. That opportunity would occur after 30 years, or 2015. “The $9.5 million was to escalate at the CPI (Consumer Price Index) over the life of the ownership of Montana Power Company.”

That began in 1985 and has escalated upwards since. In 1999 Montana Power Company sold to Pennsylvania Power and Light and that’s who the Confederated Tribes have been dealing with via mediation that resulted in the purchase price.
Lipscomb pointed out that the $9.5 million annual payment in the first year has now reached about copy9 million and will approach $20 million when the tribes acquire the property.

When arbitration meetings began PPL-Montana was asking $49.4 million for the dam. CSKT was offering copy4.7 million.

“It took years of discussion and even arbitration” to reach this agreed on price of copy8,289,798 Chairman Trahan said.

The dam raised the level of Flathead Lake about 10 feet. Lipscomb explained,

“It doesn’t fill the lake fuller than it ever did, it just holds it full longer, so there’s been quite an impact around the shoreline.”

“The land payment will continue and there will be additional revenue above that which will come back to the tribe,” Lipscomb said.

Actual projections on how much this will benefit the tribe are confidential at this point, however Lipscomb was able to say,

“Kerr generates about 1.1 million megawatt hours of electricity on average per year. The current market price we project when we take over is about $32 per megawatt hour. That gives a sense of the gross revenues.” That’s enough to provide power for upwards of 145,000 homes.


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Some New York Schools Providing an Alternative to Standardized Tests*

Some New York Schools Providing an Alternative to Standardized Tests*

By Howard Martin Katzoff

This week, children across New York State will exchange the freedom of summer for work sheets, rubrics, and minute-to-minute daily schedules posted on the board. For a few days, their lives will be upended by novelty—they will go into new classrooms, be greeted by new teachers, make new friends, and get new books (if they’re lucky)—but by the end of the month, it will have all the feel of old routine.

Yet before School Year 2015-16 ramps up to accelerated rhythms, we would do well to reflect back on the last school year, which ended with a burst of controversy over the issue of high-stakes testing. In New York State, 1.1 million children in grades three through eight were supposed to be assessed last spring in math and English Language Arts. Instead, some 200,000 students, or nearly 20 percent, never took the exams because their parents refused to submit them to the standardized-testing machine. It was a record-setting revolt, with The New York Times estimating that as many as four times as many students opted out of the annual testing ritual in 2015 as did in 2014.

New York State parents were hardly the only school-zone rebels. Parents throughout the country have gone on record against an instructional culture that has turned test preparation into the de facto school curriculum. But what seems to have tipped the scales in New York was Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement last January that standardized tests would be used to a greater and greater extent for evaluating teacher performance. “Ramping up standardized testing…has turned parents into rebels, solid citizens into outliers, the law abiding into the rule-defying,” Donn Esmonde, a columnist for the Buffalo Newsobserved in an April column.

As a new school year begins, top administrators are no doubt dreaming that the ill-advised adults who have been stirring up trouble will finally fall in line. Perhaps to raise the high stakes even higher, New York State Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia warned over the summer that districts whose students boycott the test in particularly high numbers this coming spring could be sanctioned or even lose their Title I funds. (The chancellor of the State Board of Regents has since said that money will not be withheld.)

Now, as the opt-out opposition plans its next steps, what will parents do? Will the movement continue to snowball, or will it melt in the months ahead? And, more crucially, will this grassroots insurrection turn out to be just a massive pushback against standardized testing, with the goal of making kids take fewer tests—or are we about to revive American public education from the intellectual asphyxiation caused by years of corporate education reform?

Long time educational innovator Deborah Meier has been asserting for years that “America needs a different discussion about what the point of education is.” With so much discontent building up within the system—and with the so-called education-reform movement going up in flames in places like Newark (see Dale Russakoff’s newly published book, The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools)—the time is ripe to re-examine the goals and values of our kids’ school experience: to begin talking about the kind of system parents should opt into, not just the kind they should opt out of.

Remarkably, examples of “opt-in” models already exist at the high school level, with many of them thriving within the New York City public school system. Thirty-eight schools in the state-wide New York Performance Standards Consortium have waivers exempting their students from having to take most Regents exams, the state-wide standardized tests required of all high school students, as well as other uniform measures of achievement. In their place, they have what Ann Cook, executive director of the Consortium, calls “a different vehicle for accountability”: rigorous “performance-based” assessments that are individualized, student focused, research oriented and often interactive.

The Consortium schools have their origin in the small-schools movement, which took root in New York in the 1970s and afterIn those earlier days, the New York City Board of Education had a division to promote alternative schools and a Superintendent of Alternative Schools and Programs who supported experimentation. With his help, educators like Meier and Cook appealed to the state commissioner of education, Thomas Sobol, arguing that they had designed ways to assess students outside the Regents framework and that, in fact, having to teach kids for the Regents exams undermined their instructional pedagogy. In an act of leadership that could scarcely be imagined today, Sobol agreed, granting a small corps of schools official waivers from most Regents exams.

Today, students who attend Consortium schools are evaluated through their work in portfolios, hands-on projects, personal research and oral presentations. The results have been promising. A report based on data collected in 2008-2009 from the New York City Department of Education documented higher graduation rates and lower dropout rates in Consortium schools compared with demographically comparable high-stakes testing schools. And college acceptance and attendance rates are similarly robust, with Consortium students logging a college acceptance rate of 91 percent compared to 62.6 percent at traditional schools.

Education experts have been impressed. “The New York Performance Standards Consortium has as a well-documented record of success with the same students as those in regular public schools,” Diane Ravitch, the crusading education historian and public schools advocate, told The Nation.

“They don’t skim the top students, as so many high-scoring charters do. This would be an excellent model to replace the current regime of standardized testing, which repels many parents and teachers.”

The Consortium model was in full swing last June when, instead of sitting for the Biology Regents, 16-year-old Indhira Martinez was standing in front of a panel of teachers, experts and visitors at her Bronx high school. She offered a research paper, supported by her own field study.

“In this project, I tested three different scents with four older people and four younger people.” Her research question was, “Is smell affected by a person’s age?” Her scientific conclusion: It is.

Before delivering their mini-lectures, Martinez and her colleagues made a point of coming over to each person in the room, making eye contact, shaking hands and introducing themselves. These interpersonal skills accompany the academics within the school’s instructional culture.

Martinez’s presentation was part of an end-of-the-year assessment ritual at Bronx Lab School, housed at the formerly mega-sized Evander Childs High School. Bronx Lab is a Consortium school, and, like many New York City schools, Bronx Lab has a significant population of newly arrived immigrant students. Students must learn English along with the required academics. Martinez was sharing an original research paper, in English, as were two other young scientists. In rooms throughout the school, 40 other presentations were likewise taking place in lieu of Regents’ exams, the school’s principal, Sarah Marcy, said.

For educators like Meier, whose work earned her a MacArthur Award in 1987, such an integrated, student-centred approach to assessment slices to the heart of a meaningful education. Education, she wrote in an e-mail, “has always been a shared responsibility of the family and its particular community based on agreed-upon life purposes…be [they] in a specific useful craft or in citizenship, defined as responsibility to the certifying community.” In far too many of our schools, however, education’s democratic, communal impulse has been drained from the classroom.

Consider how we teach and learn in the United States through the eyes of 15-year-olds new to our classrooms, foreign to our culture, unaware of our values. Although we tend to glorify creativity and freedom, an average high-school student from any country in the world attending almost any of our schools would soon get the message, as native-born students long have, that success in the American educational system is achieved by sitting still for instruction, and answering questions exactly how you were taught to. How will the high-stakes-testing performers think when none of the multiple-choice solutions framing their thinking will apply to their pressing problems?

As parents gather together once more, attending school functions, picking up their kids, discussing the benefits and risks of opting out again, they might well consider what Meier and her allies have been advocating since the 1970s. Turn the discussion about education around. Change the agenda from the latest state requirements to the requirements of growing children. Put aside talk about how the numbers improved, or didn’t, or how many teachers got this result and how many got that, and what the data say. And ask questions about how the school’s instructional program teaches and assesses the “whole child”: During the school day, for how long do children have to sit still? To what extent do children in all grades act, sing, play instruments, dance, and draw what they are learning? What hands-on projects and presentations do students make from topics that interest them?

Currently, the options for this kind of education are limited in the lower grades. The Consortium’s Ann Cook cited initiatives at a handful of elementary schools in New York City, but even their efforts often run into roadblocks. After second grade, the demands of the standardized testing regime make innovation enormously challenging.

Yet there is one option for parents yearning for an “opt-in” education for their kids. They can do what Cook and her colleagues did more than two decades ago in a more innovation-friendly educational environment: They can put pressure on Mayor Bill de Blasio and state officials to create a path for elementary and middle-school principals to apply for waivers from state exams in order to implement and assess learning better tailored to the unique needs of their students.

“External assessments must be part of the teaching-learning loop. You need those,” Cook advised.

“But the evaluation mechanism should not determine your instructional model, especially when the model consists of standardized exams evaluating only a narrow range of learning outcomes.”

If school stakeholders study the intention and purpose of the New York Performance Standards Consortium, and create a demand for this model across all the grades, then this year’s opting-out parents will get a big chance to force the national media into a wholly different kind of conversation about going to school in America.


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U.S. Flag Falls under Pressure of Deceit at Clinton Rally*

U.S. Flag Falls under Pressure of Deceit at Clinton Rally*

By Derek Hunter

Her poll numbers are heading south, as is voters’ trust, so it seemed like a bad metaphor when the stage backdrop at Hillary Clinton’s “Grassroots Organizing Meeting” at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee came tumbling down.

The collapse happened before the Democratic Party contender took the stage, while the song “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift was blasting.


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Greece is now a Colony of the E.U.*

Greece is now a Colony of the E.U.*

According to the revelations in the Greek Press on the 5th September 2015, concerning the secret agreement signed by the Tsípras government,

« the new government of Greece will be under the strict supervision of Brussels».

The deputy director of the Commission for Economic and Financial Affairs, Holland’s Maarten Verwey, will preside over the new work group.

« He can write any project for any law in all sectors, from income tax to the job market to public health policies, via the system for social security. »

Mr. Verwey’s team will co-operate closely with the Troïka. It will be able to present reports to the IMF and talk directly with the Prime Minister.

Commenting on these revelations, Robert Fico, the President of the Slovakian government declared :

« Yes, we have created a protectorate. Why would that be a bad thing ? »


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FBI Errors Lead to Discovery that DNA Evidence is not Reliable*

FBI Errors Lead to Discovery that DNA Evidence is not Reliable*


By Noel Brinkerhoff, Steve Straehley

Relying on DNA evidence for criminal cases is great when the evidence being tested is from only one subject. But mix in samples from multiple people and it turns out that the results are a lot more fuzzy.

The issue of testing mixed DNA arose after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) found 51 errors in its DNA database out of tens of thousands of entries, according to the blog Grits for Breakfast, which focuses on issues of Texas criminal justice.

The FBI claimed the errors were insignificant, an assessment disputed by some criminal justice experts, such as Lynn Garcia of the Texas Forensic Science Commission (FSC). Garcia found, according to the blog,

“the largest discrepancy estimated from the data-entry errors would have reduced a likelihood of one in 260 billion that it belonged to another person to one in 225 billion. With seven billion people on the planet, that looked like a yawner.”

But then “some Texas prosecutors asked for their probabilities to be recalculated” and after that was performed, the numbers changed dramatically.

“The most radical difference,” Scott Henson wrote at Grits for Breakfast, involved a case “where a one-in-a-billion probability was lowered to around one-in-fifty.” That caused prosecutors and the FSC to perk up and take notice.

The difference “stemmed not from the data entry errors but because … the FBI had changed its methodology for calculating probabilities in mixed DNA samples and moved to a new method which they considered more accurate,” Henson wrote.

The change could mean that people convicted with mixed DNA evidence might have cause for a new trial.

In a letter to prosecutors, defence attorneys and others, Garcia wrote:

“We therefore recommend any prosecutor, defendant or defence attorney with a currently pending case involving a DNA mixture in which the results could impact the conviction consider requesting confirmation that CPI (combined probability of inclusion) was calculated by the laboratory using current and proper mixture interpretation protocols. If the laboratory is unable to confirm the use of currently accepted protocols for the results provided, counsel should consider requesting a re-analysis of CPI.”


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U.S. Military Admits It “Misplaced” Bubonic Plague Samples!?

U.S. Military Admits It “Misplaced” Bubonic Plague Samples!?

By Tyler Durden

Back in May, the U.S. military was forced to admit that it had done something really stupid and what’s great about the story is that it requires very little in the way of explanation and/or added colour to explain why what happened can be fairly classified as an example of sheer governmental incompetence. Put differently: this story speaks for itself. Here’s a recap:

“According to CNN, “four lab workers in the United States and up to 22 overseas have been put in post-exposure treatment, a defense official said, following the revelation the U.S. military inadvertently shipped live anthrax samples in the past several days.” The army apparently thought they were shipping samples rendered inactive by gamma radiation last year, but that clearly was not the case because when a Maryland lab received their sample last Friday they were able to grow live Bacillus anthracis. The lab reported their concerns to the CDC. By Saturday afternoon, labs in Maryland, Texas, Wisconsin, Delaware, New Jersey, Tennessee, New York, California and Virginia were notified that the U.S. military had accidentally mailed them the deadly bacteria. A sample sent to a U.S. base in South Korea was destroyed on Wednesday.”

That came just a few months after the CDC admitted to mishandling an Ebola sample, potentially exposing a dozen people to the deadliest virus known to mankind.

Needless to say, the story grabbed headlines across the country as Americans struggled to understand how it’s possible that the U.S. army could possibly have managed to unknowingly jeopardize dozens of lives by FedEx-ing live anthrax to nine states and one foreign country. 

Well don’t look now, but the DoD is out warning that the army might have also mishandled samples of the black plague which isn’t known to be dangerous unless you count the time it wiped out 60% of Europe’s entire population. Here’s more from CNN:

“The U.S. Department of Defense is looking into possible mishandling of bubonic plague and equine encephalitis samples at its laboratories, a Pentagon spokesman said Thursday.

The new inquiry is part of an investigation into the mishandling of anthrax at Department of Defense labs, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said.

The department hasn’t determined whether samples containing plague bacteria and specimens of the deadly virus were shipped from its labs, Cook said.

The latest investigation started after CDC inspectors found a sample of the plague in a freezer outside of a containment area on August 17 at the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center in Maryland, Cook said.

Investigators are working to determine whether the sample posed an “infectious threat,” Cook said. Army tests found it was not infectious.

That’s the scientific work that’s being done at this particular time, determining exactly what happened there, and whether or not … there was mislabeling,” he said.

Yersinia pestis, the same type of bacterium that was responsible for the plague pandemic that wiped out 60% of the European population between the 14th and 17th centuries, maintains a foothold in the United States and around the globe in rodents and the fleas that live on them.

Today, the infections are treatable with antibiotics if they’re caught early enough. Since 1970, there have been anywhere from a few to a few dozen cases of plague every year in the United States, most of them occurring in Western states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Yes, only “a few to a few dozen cases of plague” per year, but that bubonic dearth is nothing the U.S. military can’t fix with a few “mislabed” samples and a FedEx account.

For their part, Fred Upton (chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee) and Frank Pallone (ranking Democrat) are incredulous: “Anthrax being mishandled is disconcerting enough, but now the mishandling also includes [the] plague.” Here’s a bit more from USA Today:

The Pentagon’s most secure laboratories may have mislabeled, improperly stored and shipped samples of potentially infectious plague bacteria, which can cause several deadly forms of disease, USA TODAY has learned.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention flagged the practices after inspections last month at an Army lab in Maryland, one of the Pentagon’s most secure labs. That helped prompt an emergency ban on research on all bio-terror pathogens at nine laboratories run by the Pentagon, which was already reeling from revelations that another Army lab in Utah had mishandled anthrax samples for 10 years.

Army Secretary John McHugh ordered the research moratorium on Sept. 2, Pentagon officials say, out of an abundance of caution.

The suspect specimens, which may be live despite being labeled as killed or weakened, indicate a wider range of dangerous bio-terror pathogens being handled using sloppy safety practices at laboratories operated by the U.S. military. They also further illustrate the risks faced by other scientists who rely on pathogen “death certificates” to know whether or not a provided sample is still infectious and can be worked with safely without special protective equipment. An ongoing USA TODAY Media Network investigation has revealed numerous mishaps at government, university and private labs that operate in the secretive world of bio-defense research prompting growing concern in Congress and among bio-safety experts.”

And while all of the above may look, on the surface, like cause for concern, you shouldn’t worry because ignorance is bliss and the U.S. government is doing its best to make sure that you remain in the dark about anything that might actually be important:

“Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook: “We’re trying to be as forthcoming as we can be right now without alarming the public.”


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