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Our tax dollars at work

Chicago Breaking News:

An elderly couple says Cook County sheriff’s police on a drug raid smashed into their Southwest Side house late Thursday night, terrorizing them before admitting they had the wrong house.

With her husband already asleep, 84-year-old Anna Jakymek was just turning out the lights when she heard loud noises at the back and front doors about 11:30 p.m.

Her initial thought was that her 89-year old husband had fallen out of bed, but she realized something else was happening when she looked into the front room.

“I see maybe 20 guys come in and see the door knocked open,” she said.

The intruders were members of the Cook County sheriff’s police gang crimes narcotics unit executing a search warrant at the home on the 5600 block of South Kilbourn Avenue.

The search warrant cited suspected crystal meth, cocaine, guns and money. It also named a 23-year-old suspect whom the Jakymeks say they have never heard of.

“They show me a sheet with a woman and man who complained we have that. We don’t,” Anna Jakymek said. “They broke two doors and a garage window. Then they say, ‘C’mon, c’mon–go, go, go, stay by your husband. He said someone complained we had all these drugs.”

“When I arrived the officer explained they had misinformation, but said his job was over, and he was leaving. They left a copy of the warrant, but he absolved himself of any responsibility for the raid or the damage,” Andrew Jakymec said.

He estimated the damage to broken doors, locks and windows at up to $3,000.

“Everything was violently opened. Cabinets were ripped open, clothes and sheets were everywhere, and pieces of wood where the doors were rammed were all over the place,” he said.

“My parents are refugees from the Soviet Union. They are naturalized citizens. They have relatives there who were abused for political reasons. You might expect it there, but not here,” Jakymec said.

The warrant said police were looking for a 23-year-old man, described as Hispanic who lived in the ranch home. Records show a judge last month ruled the man forfeited bond in a drug-possession case. The address listed for the man in court records did not match that of the Jakymeks.

Anna added: “I didn’t believe it was the police. They broke everything. I told them they should have rung the bell.”

Cook County sheriff’s police spokeswoman Liane Jackson had no immediate explanation or comment, saying police are checking into the situation.

I feel soooo much safer knowing cops like these ones in Chicago are protecting me from drugs. The Jakymeks must have been terrified but they’re better off than Kathryn Johnston. The Atlanta cops shot and killed the 92 year-old woman in a botched drug raid, then planted evidence to cover-up their fuck-up.

Oh well, shit happens.

From Threat Level:

A California student got a visit from the FBI this week after he found a secret GPS tracking device on his car, and a friend posted photos of it online. The post prompted wide speculation about whether the device was real, whether the young Arab-American was being targeted in a terrorism investigation and what the authorities would do.

It took just 48 hours to find out: The device was real, the student was being secretly tracked and the FBI wanted their expensive device back, the student told Wired.com in an interview Wednesday.

The answer came when half-a-dozen FBI agents and police officers appeared at Yasir Afifi’s apartment complex in Santa Clara, California, on Tuesday demanding he return the device.

Afifi, a 20-year-old U.S.-born citizen, cooperated willingly and said he’d done nothing to merit attention from authorities. Comments the agents made during their visit suggested he’d been under FBI surveillance for three to six months.

Mr. Afifi is lucky he didn’t win an all-expenses paid (by us) trip to the Richard B. Cheney Waterboard Park in lovely Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But if I was him I’d keep worrying about killer drones sent by President Barack “I can assassinate anyone I want to” Obama.

That’s how a Nobel Prize winning POTUS rolls.

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  1. Via Buffoon Juice:

    Afifi considered selling the device on Craigslist before the FBI showed up. He was in his apartment Tuesday afternoon when a roommate told him “two sneaky-looking people” were near his car. Afifi, already heading out for an appointment, encountered a man and woman looking his vehicle outside. The man asked if Afifi knew his registration tag was expired. When Afifi asked if it bothered him, the man just smiled. Afifi got into his car and headed for the parking lot exit when two SUVs pulled up with flashing lights carrying four police officers in bullet-proof vests.

    The agent who initially spoke with Afifi identified himself then as Vincent and told Afifi, “We’re here to recover the device you found on your vehicle. It’s federal property. It’s an expensive piece, and we need it right now.”

    Afifi asked, “Are you the guys that put it there?” and the agent replied, “Yeah, I put it there.” He told Afifi, “We’re going to make this much more difficult for you if you don’t cooperate.”…

    The agents told Afifi they had other agents outside Khaled’s house. “If you want us to call them off and not talk to him we can do that,” Afifi said they told him. “That was weird. […] I didn’t really believe anything they were saying.”

    The female agent, who handed Afifi a card, identified herself as Jennifer Kanaan and said she was Lebanese. She spoke some Arabic to Afifi and through the course of her comments indicated she knew what restaurants he and his girlfriend frequented. She also congratulated him on his new job. Afifi got laid off from his job a couple of days ago, but on the same day was hired as an international sales manager of laptops and computers for Cal Micro in San Jose.

    Afifi’s encounter with the FBI ended with the agents telling him not to worry.

    “We have all the information we needed,” they told him. “You don’t need to call your lawyer. Don’t worry, you’re boring.”

  2. It’s almost time for the Friday News Dump. What will the White House try to sneak past us today?

  3. CNN/Time:

    By 47 to 45 percent, Americans say Obama is a better president than George W. Bush. But that two point margin is down from a 23 point advantage one year ago.

    “Democrats may want to think twice about bringing up former President George W. Bush’s name while campaigning this year,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

  4. Jesus. The FBI is completely out of control. I hate to think what the CIA is up to. We’re doomed.

  5. In today’s e-mail from Donna Brazille:

    They’re campaigning exactly how they’ll govern – with misleading information and wild-eyed distortions, personal invective and rampant vitriol.

    If I didn’t know the e-mail was from her and I didn’t see it come into my inbox today, I would swear the writer was talking about someone else.

  6. This is the security footage from the raid on Rawesome Foods in CA. The store sells raw food, including raw milk. They were not breaking any laws.

    It happened in June and is getting attention now because Stephen Colbert recently did a segment on it.

    • What were the Pride-Integrity-Guts boys doing there?

      • Raiding the place because they sell raw food.

        • Ah, that explains the guns.


          • Exactly.

            By the way, this isn’t the only place in the country raided for selling raw food, particularly raw milk. They show up at tiny family farms with marshalls and guns. They trash the place, destroy product, and confiscate personal computers. The crime is bucking the system.

  7. “To serve and protect”–the Malefactors of Great Wealth and their higher-ranking servants.

    The storm troopers think of us peasants as nuisances, or else the enemy. They think of us the way occupying soldiers in a foreign land think of the natives.

    I pity the honest and responsible cops–the ones who don’t fit the storm trooper description.

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