Archive | December 4, 2016

Feds Seize Student’s Life Savings on Trumped-up Charge; Judge Makes Them Give It Back — with Interest*

Feds Seize Student’s Life Savings on Trumped-up Charge; Judge Makes Them Give It Back — with Interest*

By Tanasia Kenney

University of Central Florida student Charles Clarke. Image courtesy of the Institute of Justice

 

The federal government on Tuesday is returning nearly $11,000, plus interest, to a college student who stood by helplessly as authorities at a Cincinnati airport seized a duffel bag containing his life savings in 2014, the Huffington Post reported.

Charles Clarke, a student at the University of Central Florida, was making his way through Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in February 2014 when police stopped him and claimed a ticket official reportedly smelled marijuana coming from his bag. Authorities proceeded to ransack the bag but found no drugs. Instead, they discovered $11,000 in cash.

Clarke tried to explain that the money was his life savings that he had set aside to pay for his college tuition, but the officers didn’t believe him and accused the student of trying to smuggle drug money through the airport.

According to the Huffington Post, Clarke was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after he protested the officers’ use of a law-enforcement tool called civil forfeiture, which essentially allows authorities to permanently seize people’s belongings and siphon the profits back into the police department. Oftentimes, they don’t need a conviction or proof of wrongdoing to strip owners of their property.

“[Civil forfeiture] allows law enforcement to seize and keep property without ever charging someone with a crime,” Institute for Justice Attorney Darpana Sheth said.

“Even worse, it encourages law enforcement to seize as much money and property as possible by allowing agencies to keep the proceeds for themselves.”

According to Atlanta Black Star, a report published by the Institute last year titled “Policing for Profit” showed that police departments across the nation have managed to rake in over $4.5 billion in revenue using civil forfeiture laws since 2008. Dick Carpenter, co-author of the Institute for Justice report, said civil forfeitures are just another way for departments to maintain a stream of income when budgets get tight.

While forfeiture laws were originally designed to punish notorious criminals like drug kingpins, The New Yorker reported that the average seizure in New York City and cities like it is a mere $500.

“The majority of arrests are low-level offenses, misdemeanors and below,” Runa Rajagopal, a lawyer with the Bronx Defenders, told The New York Daily News.

“The majority of property taken is likely connected to a low-level charge or offense. We’re not talking yachts or luxury cars. We’re talking cash and old cars.”

Most times, victims of civil-asset forfeitures don’t get their property back or they have to jump through hoops just to reclaim what was theirs. Luckily, Clarke managed to get his cash back after a brief legal battle.

The Huffington Post reported that the Institute for Justice took the Florida student’s case pro bono in 2015. It turned out that the officers who seized his life savings at the airport that day were members of a local DEA task force. In November 2015, a judge ruled the federal government had to prove it had cause to keep Clarke’s cash, meaning it needed proof he acquired the money through drug dealing.

Both parties ultimately agreed to no longer pursue litigation and the government returned the $11,000 to Clarke, who is now finishing up his undergraduate degree. The disorderly conduct charges against him also were dropped, according to the news site.

“Charles is very pleased that he will get his life savings back and that the whole ordeal is now behind him,” Sheth said in a statement.

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Neuroscience has been a Tool of War from the Start*

Neuroscience has been a Tool of War from the Start*

By Alison Howell

What could once only be imagined in science fiction is now increasingly coming to fruition: Drones can be flown by human brains’ thoughts. Pharmaceuticals can help soldiers forget traumatic experiences or produce feelings of trust to encourage confession in interrogation. DARPA-funded research is working on everything from implanting brain chips to “neural dust” in an effort to alleviate the effects of traumatic experience in war. Invisible microwave beams produced by military contractors and tested on U.S. prisoners can produce the sensation of burning at a distance.

What all these techniques and technologies have in common is that they’re recent neuroscientific breakthroughs propelled by military research within a broader context of rapid neuroscientific development, driven by massive government-funded projects in both America and the European Union. Even while much about the brain remains mysterious, this research has contributed to the rapid and startling development of neuroscientific technology.

And while we might marvel at these developments, it is also undeniably true that this state of affairs raises significant ethical questions. What is the proper role – if any – of neuroscience in national defense or war efforts? My research addresses these questions in the broader context of looking at how international relations, and specifically warfare, are shaped by scientific and medical expertise and technology.

An Air Force video about military research on the human brain

Weaponization of a peaceable science?

To understand the relationship between science and war, academic bioethicists, journalists and policy advisors alike typically rely on the framework of “dual use.” Starting from the assumption that the purpose of science is to improve human life, this perspective nevertheless admits that many technologies used in peacetime or to help enhance human capacities can also be harnessed to a second use: harming and degrading human capacities as part of a military arsenal. This framework calls attention to the potential misappropriation of sciences and technologies. By acknowledging potential misuses, it aims to help guide policy to limit such possibilities through practical tools such as weapons conventions.

Key to this framework is the concept of “weaponization.” The dual use idea assumes that we should be concerned with how a once “peaceful” science or technology came to be developed and used in war or national security applications. This process is termed the “weaponization of neuroscience.”

The dual use framework and the weaponization concept may offer some immediate potential practical utility. But, as I have written more extensively elsewhere, they’re based on a massively misguided notion both of the history of neuroscience and of what is at stake practically and politically.

Neuroscience’s roots are both civilian and military

The dual use framework and weaponization concept assume stark war/peace and military/civilian divides. But in fact, the discipline of neuroscience grew equally and simultaneously out of institutions we typically consider civilian and military.

The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research building, site of much early neuroscience work. National Museum of Health and Medicine

 

Modern neuroscience was established in the post-WWII period. Like many disciplines developed and funded in that era (such as physics, nuclear medicine and others), the discipline was established through military funding in both “civilian” institutions such as MIT and Harvard and military research institutes such as the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. That Institute’s Department of Neuropsychiatry originated the idea that researchers should study brain anatomy and physiology at the same time as psychology or psychiatry. Neuroscience was funded and shaped to meet the needs of warfare and national security imperatives.

This state of affairs was nothing new: Modern warfare and medical and scientific innovation have long been symbiotic, including the “invention” of American clinical neurology through the American Civil War. It’s not possible to say that neuroscience has been “weaponized,” because this presumes a naturally peaceful and nonmilitary origin story that is simply historically inaccurate.

Simultaneously used for good and ill

Also, the dual use framework and the concept of weaponization assume a distinct divide between help and harm. People using these concepts are primarily concerned with harmful applications of neuroscience – those that degrade human capacities. Without a doubt, these are of deep concern. Few would deny that we should pay close attention, for instance, to the use of neuropharmaceuticals to degrade the combat capabilities of enemies or produce interrogation susceptibility, or related developments.

But the stark divide between help and harm elides the fact that many technologies can do both simultaneously.

One example is the current DARPA-funded development of brain-machine interfaces. These technologies seek to connect the brain directly to machine technologies in order to control them remotely. Of course this may be a boon for veterans and soldiers in need of better prosthetic devices. But these are the very same technologies (and sometimes the same experimental subjects) that are being used to pilot drones for potential use in warfare.

‘Virtual Iraq’ exposure therapy can help veterans – and prepare them to return to the battlefield. Defense Dept. photo by John J. Kruzel

 

By way of a second example, consider military medical and rehabilitative practices. These are assumed to be on the “help” rather than “harm” side of the split. Think, for instance, of increasing diagnosis of (mild) traumatic brain injuries in military settings. Treatment of these injuries may do great good in the clinical setting for individuals who receive this care. But these therapies are also part of a system of military medicine aimed at producing war readiness and potential redeployment of soldiers. The good health of soldiers (help) is integral to warfare (harm), suggesting that the help/harm divide is not so stark as the dual use framework assumes.

For all these reasons, it’s not possible to say that neuroscience has been “militarized” or “weaponized.” The dual use framework ignores how embedded neuroscience has always been with war and national defense. In doing so, it leads us to underestimate the political task at hand, both in relation to war and in relation to science. On the side of war, it elides the ethical questions we need to be asking, not only about weaponization, but also about the supposedly benign practices of diagnosis, cure and enhancement. On the side of science, it obscures questions about what research gets funded and praised, and about the opportunity costs of allowing military imperatives to drive scientific inquiry.

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Congress Fast Track Bill on Experimental Vaccines to the Public*

Congress Fast Track Bill on Experimental Vaccines to the Public*

URGENT: Contact US Senate NOW! Demand Removal of Vaccine Sections from HR 34 (21st Century Cures Act)

By The National Vaccine Information Center

Send Emails and Faxes This Weekend. Call ALL DAY Monday before the Senate votes on HR 34 at 5:30 pm EST to STOP:

FDA Fast Tracking of ALL New Vaccines (3091 and 3092)

Unconscionable Pharma and Vaccine Administrator Liability Shield for Fetal Vaccine Injury or Death Caused by Vaccines Given in Pregnancy (3093)

Just when you thought you could start to prepare for your holiday season, a lame duck Congress is about to “Scrooge” the public over vaccines and give a huge holiday bonus to drug companies. Your action is urgently needed to email and fax your two US Senators over the weekend and call them on Monday to demand the removal of three sections (3091, 3092 and 3093) from a “Christmas Tree Bill” called The 21st Century Cures Act, HR 34 that was just passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. Here are some of the few that opposed the bill on the House floor

The 21st Century Cures Act legislation was originally passed in the house last year on July 10, 2015 as HR 6. NVIC issued a press release on July 22, 2015 and Barbara Loe Fisher, NVIC Co-founder and President, released a referenced commentary in opposition to this proposed legislation in which she said,

“The 21st Century Cures Act is a drug company stockholder’s dream and a consumer’s worst nightmare,” said Barbara Loe Fisher, NVIC Co-founder and President. “Making experimental drugs quickly available for the sick and dying, who voluntarily choose to use them, is one thing but Congress should not be greasing the skids to license experimental vaccines that government will recommend and legally require healthy children and adults to use. It is a prescription for disaster.”

After passing the house in 2015, the legislation stalled. Many of the provisions of HR 6 were broken up into several smaller bills, but over the Thanksgiving holiday, the legislation was quickly reassembled into a new version including some sections from HR 6 and adding some new sections, amending them all onto bill HR 34. HR 34 was originally a bill that only addressed “Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research”, but was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on November 30th as an 824 page monstrosity!

ACTION NEEDED:

  • Over this weekend on Saturday December 3rd and December 4th, FAX AND EMAIL your two US Senators demanding that they remove sections 3091, 3092, and 3093 from HR 34, the 21st Century Cures Act.  See sample letter below.
  • On Monday December 5th, CALL your two US Senators and ask to speak to the person who is in charge of HR 34, The 21st Century Cures Act. Tell him/her that it is critical all 3 sections, 3091, 3092, and 3093, are removed because they fast track the approval of all vaccines and shield drug companies and vaccine administrators from liability for fetal injuries and deaths caused by vaccines marketed for and given to pregnant woman. Tell them that if this bill passes without these sections removed, you will be demanding that your state legislators REMOVE ALL VACCINE MANDATES from state law. 
  • To find your U.S. Senators and their contact information, register/login to the NVIC Advocacy Portal, Click on the “National” tab on the top of your home page. Your two U.S. Senators are listed on the right hand side. Click on their names for direct links to all of their contact information. You can also find US Senate contact information
  • Please FORWARD this email to your contacts asking them to help this weekend and Monday. This alert is also posted on the National Vaccine Information Center Facebook page and can be shared on social media.

SAMPLE FAX AND EMAIL

December 3, 2016

The Honorable FIRSTNAME LASTNAME

STREET ADDRESS

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Senator LASTNAME,

As a constituent of yours, I am writing to you for your assistance.

On Monday, December 5th, you will be asked to vote on HR 34, the 21st Century Cures Act. Please amend HR 34 to REMOVE Sections 3091, 3092, and 3093 from this bill prior to voting because they shield drug companies and vaccine administrators from liability for fetal injuries and deaths caused by vaccines marketed for and given to pregnant woman and they rush the regulatory approval process by fast tracking all new vaccines.

Please remove the following sections from HR 34:

SEC. 3091. PREDICTABLE REVIEW TIMELINES OF VACCINES BY THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON IMMUNIZATION PRACTICES – Page 302 and 303

SEC. 3092. REVIEW OF PROCESSES AND CONSISTENCY OF ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON IMMUNIZATION PRACTICES RECOMMENDATIONS – Page 303-305

These sections fast track and incentivize vaccines outside of the normal regulatory review and licensing process.

Fast tracking all vaccines is a terrible idea because:

SEC. 3093. ENCOURAGING VACCINE INNOVATION, VACCINES RECOMMENDED FOR USE IN PREGNANT WOMEN – Page 305 – 309

This section, which appeared originally in S.2742, includes a provision on pages 307- 309 that forces unborn babies injured or killed after maternal vaccination out of the courts and into the Federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).

Established by Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300aa–11) in 1986, the VICP shields vaccine manufactures and vaccine administrators from most civil product liability. The U.S. Supreme Court declared vaccines to be “unavoidably unsafe” in 2011 and removed all product liability from FDA licensed vaccines.

Sec. 3093 (c) (3) adds ‘‘A covered vaccine administered to a pregnant woman shall constitute more than one administration, one to the mother and one to each child (as such term is defined in subsection (f)(2)) who was in utero at the time such woman was administered the vaccine.’’

It is unconscionable to absolve the manufacturer and vaccine administrator from liability for injuries and deaths when the vaccine is marketed to and administered to pregnant women and yet it is not tested by the vaccine manufacturer or approved as safe for use by the government by a “child in utero.”

Removing drug company and vaccine administrator liability for unborn babies should be removed from this bill because:

  • Vaccines aren’t adequately tested and approved as safe for use in pregnant women with respect to their unborn babies. In fact they are classified as Pregnancy Category B and C biologicals because it is not known whether the vaccines are genotoxic and can cause fetal harm or death. There are no sufficient studies looking at the health and the viability of a pregnant vaccinated woman’s baby before or after birth and comparing that information to women who do not get vaccinated while pregnant. Vaccine induced brain and body inflammation and chromosomal changes are not evaluated. See FDA Prepares to Fast Track New Vaccines Targeting Pregnant Women.
  • The government run Federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program is already a miserable failure and should be repealed, not expanded to include unborn babies. See National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) Renews Call for End to Product Liability Shield for Vaccine Manufacturers.
  • Pregnant women are already being pushed to get Tdap and Flu Vaccines during pregnancy even though safety hasn’t been proven for the mother or baby. See Vaccine During Pregnancy: Is It Safe? With no threat of liability, there will be no end to the new vaccines that Pharma will target on pregnant women. Legislators should not be fooled into thinking that the task force in Section 2041 (see page 93-99) will provide any protection for unborn babies.

If sections 3091, 3092, and 3093 are not removed, VOTE NO on HR 34.   

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

YOUR STREET ADDRESS

YOUR CITY, STATE, ZIP

YOUR EMAIL

YOUR PHONE

ADDITIONAL CONCERNS:

These are just a few sections of this bill that should be removed. The bill is 824 pages long and there is not enough time to analyze other sections that could be problematic like NIH Innovation Projects to support the development of cancer vaccines in Section 1001 (Page 14); accelerating the development and innovation of medical countermeasures including vaccines in Sections 3084 (Pages 280-281) and Section 3085; and section 4002 on interoperability of electronic health records that could include immunization tracking systems and registries (Pages 327 – 362).  If you have legislative, staff or lobbyist connections in Washington, please contact them asking for their assistance with this.

National Vaccine Information

http://NVIC.org and http://NVICAdvocacy.org

https://nvicadvocacy.org/members/Members/ContactUs.aspx

The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) works diligently to prepare and disseminate our legislative advocacy action alerts and supporting materials.  We request that organizations and members of the public forward our alerts in their original form to assure consistent and accurate messaging and effective action. Please acknowledge NVIC as originators of this work when forwarding to members of the public and like-minded organizations. To receive alerts immediately, register at http://NVICAdvocacy.org, a website dedicated to this sole purpose and provided as a free public service by NVIC. 

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‘Shoot at Us First’: Veterans Form Literal ‘Human Shield’ to Protect Standing Rock Protesters from Cops*

‘Shoot at Us First’: Veterans Form Literal ‘Human Shield’ to Protect Standing Rock Protesters from Cops*

By Jay Syrmopoulos

A steady stream of U.S. military veterans continued to pour into the Standing Rock protest camps over the weekend, with our sources on the ground estimating nearly 5,000 vets already there, and more arriving throughout the night to take part in the “Veterans Stand for Standing Rock” movement.

The newly arrived veterans wasted no time in making their presence felt as a contingent of vets and water protectors made their way to the bridge, a strategic point that controls access between the encampments and the construction area. The bridge was the scene of an earlier confrontation that saw militarized police assault viciously attack the non-violent protestors with less-than-lethal weapons.

Wes Clark Jr., a key organizer of the “Veterans for Standing Rock,” met with various law enforcement representatives, including the Cass Country Sheriff, an Army general, a veteran’s representative spokesperson, and a rep for the TigerSwan private security firm coordinating intelligence for law enforcement on the police held side of the bridge.

While Clark met with law enforcement, his fellow vets that accompanied him to the bridge formed a human shield to hold space and stand between the police and the water protectors.

There are now unconfirmed reports within the camps that the use of live ammunition has been approved by law enforcement on anyone attempting to retake the bridge. Many on the ground believe that the National Guard may be called in, creating a potentially drastic escalation of an already tenuous situation.

The video below reveals Sheriff Kirchmeier attempting to lay the groundwork for an escalation of police violence by spouting ridiculous assertions regarding vets and PTSD. Be aware that his diatribe almost certainly marks the beginning phase of an escalation of police-sponsored violence — which will ultimately be blamed on water protectors and veterans.

The veterans have brought supplies such as gas masks, earplugs and body armour in an effort to form a protective line around protestors as a means of protecting them against rubber bullets and bean bag rounds – which are actually filled with lead pellets, not beans. One water protector, SiouxZ, has already gone blind in one eye after being shot in the face with these munitions.

“Our goal is to stand there and if need be take the rounds for the First Nations people so they can do their thing,” Mark Sanderson, a former Army Sergeant who served in Iraq, told Vice News.

“We’re here to assist in any way possible,” Sanderson said.

“The police are trying to say it’s not a peaceful protest because we’re in body armour. But I mean, this doesn’t look aggressive at all. There are no magazine pouches, there’s nothing that can be construed as having a weapon. We’re just padding ourselves against any force they might use.”

Catcher Cuts The Road, an Iraq War veteran, leads a protest march to a sacred burial ground at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, Sept. 9, 2016. A federal judge on Friday denied the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s efforts to halt the construction of a pipeline skirting the northern edge of the reservation on Friday; on the same day, the government ordered a the pipeline company to pause its work.

 

In fact, the veterans are taking a page out of international protest movements by bringing mirrors to Standing Rock in an effort to make law enforcement officers look at what they have become – nothing more than a militarized security force for billion dollar energy corporations.

“The veterans are saying we can’t stand for that,” filmmaker Josh Fox, who has documented the police force at Standing Rock, told RT.

“What you do to the water protectors you do to the United States Constitution. We are sworn to uphold and protect the United States Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. And they’re saying listen, if you wanna burn the United States Constitution, you have to go through us. It’s quite a brave and amazing act that’s never happened in the history of the United States, that two thousand veterans just said you know what? Shoot at us first.”

The Army Corps of Engineers, last week, issued an evacuation order for all protest camps North of the Missouri River by Dec 4th – which includes the Oceti Sakowin camp – a demand that has been rejected wholesale by tribal leaders. Then, on Monday, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple ordered a mandatory evacuation of the area, citing health concerns.

“I appreciate the governor’s concern about our safety,” said Oceti Sakowin media organizer John Bigelow. “I wish he had been concerned about our safety when he was spraying us with water cannons in 23-degree weather.”

The collusion between the feds and Dalrymple, to laughably use “health concerns” as a means of forcing the closure of the camps, means that anyone who refuses to leave by December 5 risks being arrested or fined on a state and/or federal level. The state has denied it has plans for the “forcible removal” of protesters, but given the ongoing brutality, and disparate force, evidenced by law enforcement — the state’s denial is of extremely little value.

In addition, as we previously reported, the Morton County sheriff’s department has threatened anyone bringing supplies to Standing Rock with a $1,000 fine. As if brutalizing and beating non-violent protestors wasn’t enough, Kirchmeier’s goons now look to create a human rights crisis in the below freezing condition.

For many of the veterans, including Sanderson, an Iraqi war vet, the battle over DAPL isn’t a simple environmental issue, as he believes that he is standing on the right side of history.

“In my prior deployment, I really feel like I was being utilized in the same way the troops are being utilized here,” Sanderson told Vice.

 “To protect American interests, whether fossil fuel, natural gas, pipeline. It’s all the same, and it’s the wrong way forward.”

While there is no guarantee against state-sponsored violence at the hands of law enforcement, the arrival of these selfless veterans may decrease the likelihood of the continuation of appalling violence that’s been displayed by law enforcement over the past few months at Standing Rock.

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Syrian Army Regains Full Control Over Al-Tall City of 60,000 in Damascus*

Syrian Army Regains Full Control Over Al-Tall City of 60,000 in Damascus*

 

The Syrian army regained full control over Al-Tall city in the Damascus province, the Russian Defense Ministry stated on Sunday.

“The city of Al-Tall in the Damascus province which had a pre-war population of over 60 thousand, fell under full control of the Syrian Armed Forces,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The area was previously held by the Nusra Front militant group, an al-Qaeda affiliate outlawed as a terrorist organization in many countries, including Syria and Russia.

Moreover, over 500 rebels from Jabhat Fatah al Sham (former al-Nusra Front), 1,500 members of their families, have been moved out of the Syrian city of Al-Tall to Idbib.

 

“The opposition militants took advantage of the amnesty, announced by the President of Syria. They stopped fighting and through negotiations expressed the desire to flee [from Al-Tall] to Idlib. Before the departure, they handed the government forces all their heavy weapons, as well as over 200 units of small arms and ammunition,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The disarmament, mediated by the Russian military, was arranged as part of a regional ceasefire. The Syrian government organized rebels’ transfer to Idlib aboard 44 buses.

Thousands of Syrian rebels have been granted amnesty by the Syrian government in the past week, the Russian Defense Ministry added.

“Over 2,500 militants have been granted amnesty in various parts of Syria in the past week,” the Ministry’s reconciliation center in Hmeymim said.

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Trump Allies Move to Stop U.S. Election Recount*

Trump Allies Move to Stop U.S. Election Recount*

By Ian Greenhalgh

[Editor’s note: Trump did not win this election, he lost by a large margin, something clearly proven by the statistics. It took the efforts of not just the Zionist organised crime cabal but also their allies in the FBI, Russian hackers and assets throughout the political and media worlds to get the disgusting, bloviating bag of hot air into office and now, even worse, their assets in the judicial system are acting to prevent justice and uphold this most crooked of ‘victories’.

The ‘election’ of the mob’s fatuous front-man marks the death knell of what vestiges of democracy remained in the USA, sealing the transformation into an oligarchy run by the few, for the benefit of the few. 

The rest of the world, not half so dumbed down as the U.S. electorate doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry at the whole farce for it is both humorous to see how supposedly educated people have fallen for this charade while at the same time terrifying that the world’s most powerful military is now in the hands of a bunch of lunatic criminals. Ian]

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump turned back to cabinet-building Friday after a victory rally in the U.S. Rust Belt region, where allies of the billionaire were pushing to stop a vote recount in three states that were key to his victory.

Three separate moves – by lawyers for Trump, his supporters, and a top law enforcement official – aim to stop recounts requested by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, and now supported by Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

While few expect any change in the vote outcome, the Republican president-elect has railed against the recount efforts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania as “ridiculous” and “a waste of time.”

While Trump resumed interviews with potential cabinet members and other officials at his Trump Tower headquarters in Manhattan, a team of his attorneys filed suit in Pennsylvania seeking to deny Stein’s request.

They argue that the recount puts the state at “grave risk” of missing the Dec. 13 deadline for certifying its representatives to the Electoral College that will formally elect the president six days later.

Similar legal efforts were launched in Wisconsin and Michigan, where state attorney general Bill Schuette, a Republican, filed suit saying Stein’s share of the vote – one percent – was too small to legitimize a recount.

“Her refusal to accept that state-verified result poses an expensive and risky threat to hard-working taxpayers and abuses the intent of Michigan law,” Schuette said in a statement, AFP reported.

The Rust Belt — which in the recent past leaned Democratic – was central to Trump’s upset victory, and he chose Ohio for the first stop of what is billed as a “thank you” tour that will take him next week to North Carolina and Iowa.

Thursday’s trip was unorthodox in more ways than one: from the campaign-style rally in Cincinnati, unusual for a president-elect, to Trump’s visit to a factory in Indiana after a very public intervention to keep jobs there.

“We’re doing a thank you run just to thank some of the states that we weren’t supposed to win and we won really in landslides in some cases,” the 70-year-old said in an interview with Fox News broadcast Friday.

Though his tone in Cincinnati was somewhat more conciliatory, Trump made it clear he wants to maintain the fervor that he generated on the campaign trail by issuing provocative statements, and stirring up his rank-and-file by slamming the press.

The president-elect also – unconventionally – used the rally to reveal his nomination of James Mattis as defense secretary, a choice that drew praise from both Republicans and Democrats even though it creates an unusual situation in a country that values civilian control of the military.

Former defense secretary Bob Gates, speaking to reporters as he left Trump Tower on Friday, said he had told the president-elect that the tough-talking retired Marine general was a “terrific” choice.

The 66-year-old “Mad Dog” Mattis, who commanded U.S. forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan, is the second retired general to be named to Trump’s governing team after Michael Flynn, tapped for the post of national security advisor.

Among the day’s many sightings at Trump Tower was former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton, reportedly on the short list to be secretary of state – but who left without speaking to the press.

Trump is maintaining his cards close to the chest on the top diplomat job, with one-time critic Mitt Romney – the 2012 Republican presidential candidate – also being considered, along with former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and Senator Bob Corker.

Trump’s pick for secretary of state is being watched all the more intently in light of the concern sparked by his somewhat off-the-cuff calls to foreign leaders – most lately to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who Trump reportedly addressed as a “terrific guy.”

But criticism of Trump’s style doesn’t seem to have fazed the septuagenarian – as he made clear Thursday while touring a Carrier air conditioner factory, having struck a deal with parent company United Technologies to keep about 1,000 jobs in Indiana, instead of shifting them to Mexico.

As he glad-handed workers on the assembly line, Trump defended his unusual negotiations with the company.

“I think it’s very presidential. And if it’s not presidential, that’s OK because I like doing it,” Trump said.

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