UPDATE on Morhpeus Titania, aka Thomas Costanzo, arrested 4/20 by Federal Agents

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Feature Article by Donna Hancock
UPDATE 6

Thomas Costanzo No-Knock Warrant PDF

Thomas Costanzo WireTap Warrant PDF

Here are some pictures of the property list of what was taken at the time of arrest:

UPDATE 5

AS OF APRIL 24TH, 2017:

MINUTE ENTRY for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Eileen S Willett: Initial Appearance as to Thomas Mario Costanzo held on 4/21/2017.

FINANCIAL AFFIDAVIT TAKEN.

Appointing AFPD Maria Teresa Weidner.

Request by defense counsel to have the defendant screen for possible Crossroads placement.

Request GRANTED. Pretrial Services is directed to have the defendant screened.

This Court has not made a determination regarding release.

Defendant temporarily detained.

Appearances:

AUSA Melissa Karlen for Carolina Escalante Konti and Matthew Binford for the Government, AFPD Maria Weidner for defendant. Defendant is present and in custody.

Detention Hearing and Status Hearing re:

Preliminary Hearing set for 4/27/2017 at 10:30
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UPDATE on Morhpeus Titania, aka Thomas Costanzo, arrested 4/20 by Federal Agents

Read more on this subject: Arizona’s Top News
Feature Article by Donna Hancock
UPDATE 6

Thomas Costanzo No-Knock Warrant PDF

Thomas Costanzo WireTap Warrant PDF

Here are some pictures of the property list of what was taken at the time of arrest:

UPDATE 5

AS OF APRIL 24TH, 2017:

MINUTE ENTRY for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Eileen S Willett: Initial Appearance as to Thomas Mario Costanzo held on 4/21/2017.

FINANCIAL AFFIDAVIT TAKEN.

Appointing AFPD Maria Teresa Weidner.

Request by defense counsel to have the defendant screen for possible Crossroads placement.

Request GRANTED. Pretrial Services is directed to have the defendant screened.

This Court has not made a determination regarding release.

Defendant temporarily detained.

Appearances:

AUSA Melissa Karlen for Carolina Escalante Konti and Matthew Binford for the Government, AFPD Maria Weidner for defendant. Defendant is present and in custody.

Detention Hearing and Status Hearing re:

Preliminary Hearing set for 4/27/2017 at 10:30
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HERBERTS SHOULDN'T WEAR TIE-DYE

Read more on this subject: American History
Feature Article by Paul Rosenberg
The term "Herbert" referred to a stiff, rule-keeping bureaucrat.

Tie-dye was the clothing of hippies; it was made with bleach and strings.

Being old enough to remember how things were "back in the day," I'm always half insulted to see very fine establishment types – people whose livelihoods rest on uncritical obedience – trying to align themselves with nonconformists they would have hurried away from back in that day.

Obedience was not cool back in the '60s and '70s. In fact, it was derided. Here's a Beatles lyric that was sung as a condemnation:

Once upon a time there was a boy named Ted. And if his mother said, "Ted, be good," he would.

Notwithstanding that I have a strong preference for well-behaved children, I think you get my point.

So when I saw some footage from the very presitigious Kennedy Center Honors, celebrating bluesman Buddy Guy, I recoiled. Here's a still from it:

Here's
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HERBERTS SHOULDN'T WEAR TIE-DYE

Read more on this subject: American History
Feature Article by Paul Rosenberg
The term "Herbert" referred to a stiff, rule-keeping bureaucrat.

Tie-dye was the clothing of hippies; it was made with bleach and strings.

Being old enough to remember how things were "back in the day," I'm always half insulted to see very fine establishment types – people whose livelihoods rest on uncritical obedience – trying to align themselves with nonconformists they would have hurried away from back in that day.

Obedience was not cool back in the '60s and '70s. In fact, it was derided. Here's a Beatles lyric that was sung as a condemnation:

Once upon a time there was a boy named Ted. And if his mother said, "Ted, be good," he would.

Notwithstanding that I have a strong preference for well-behaved children, I think you get my point.

So when I saw some footage from the very presitigious Kennedy Center Honors, celebrating bluesman Buddy Guy, I recoiled. Here's a still from it:

Here's
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Will War Follow Another North Korea Nuclear Test?

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Will War Follow Another North Korea Nuclear Test?

by Stephen Lendman

On Monday, Xi Jinping and Trump spoke for the second time by phone on North Korea since the Chinese president's visit to Mar-a-Lago earlier this month.

Instead of stressing peaceful resolution of the issue alone, Xi said all parties must "shoulder their due responsibilities and meet each other halfway."

Yet he called for "restraint," avoiding "provocative actions," and strictly observing Security Council resolutions to resolve things.

Both leaders want the Korean peninsula denuclearized, Beijing justifiably concerned if conflict erupts, its national security will be threatened.

Preventing it by pressuring Pyongyang to halt further nuclear and ICBM tests appears to be China's red line. It's the only country able to get concessions from the DPRK – whether on its nuclear and missile programs remains a test for its leadership.

Separ
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Trump Wants Regime Change in Syria

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Trump Wants Regime Change in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

In March 2011, Obama launched war on Syria to destroy its sovereignty and replace Assad with pro-Western puppet rule.

Trump upped the stakes. He escalated war, increased US terror-bombing, and doubled the number of US forces on the ground ahead of likely larger numbers coming.

His hugely dangerous war plan risks direct confrontation with Russia. Instead of governing responsibly, he's recklessly risking possible nuclear war in the Middle East and on the Korean peninsula.

In northern Syria, hundreds of thousands of civilians are threatened by US terror-bombing – targeting infrastructure and government sites on the phony pretext of combating ISIS America created and supports.

On Monday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' spokesman Staphane Dujarric issued a briefing on catastrophic humanitarian conditions in Yemen, Mosul, Afghanistan, South Sudan, and the safety of over 400,000 Syri
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Tillerson Vows Forever Sanctions on Russia

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Tillerson Vows Forever Sanctions on Russia

by Stephen Lendman

According to acting State Department spokesman Mark Toner, Tillerson spoke to (illegitimate US-installed putschist) Ukraine (puppet) president Petro Poroshenko on Monday.

He reiterated Washington's firm commitment to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity – saying sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns control of the Crimean peninsula to Ukraine and fully implements its Minsk agreement commitments.

Fact: The Republic of Crimea is sovereign Russian Federation territory. The overwhelming will of its people by national referendum wants it no other way. 

Fact: In February, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said "Crimea…belong(s) to the Russian Federation. We don't give back our own territory."

Fact: Russia and Donbass freedom fighters alone observe Minsk terms. Kiev putschists consistently violate them unaccountab
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An-arrgh-chy: The Law and Economics of Pirate Organization

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Feature Article by Donna Hancock
Peter T. Leesony
Department of Economics
West Virginia University
June 19, 2007

Abstract

This paper investigates the internal governance institutions of violent criminal enterprise by examining the law, economics, and organization of pirates. To effectively organize their banditry, pirates required mechanisms to prevent internal predation, minimize crew conflict, and maximize piratical profit. I argue that pirates devised two institutions for this purpose. First, I analyze the system of piratical checks and balances that crews used to constrain captain predation. Second, I examine how pirates used democratic constitutions to minimize conflict and create piratical law and order. Remarkably, pirates adopted both of these institutions before the United States or England. Pirate governance created sufficient order and cooperation to make pirates one of the most sophisticated and successful criminal organizations in history.

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Remembering Pat Tillman

Read more on this subject: Heroes
Feature Article by Donna Hancock
FROM A READER OF FREEDOM'S PHOENIX…

April 22 was the 13th anniversary of the friendly fire killing of Cpl Pat Tillman, a football hero and man of honor who gave up millions in potential earnings to serve his country. I watched the documentary movie "The Tillman Story" as I do every year on the anniversary of his death.
The movie uses actual footage from that time and interviews with key people involved. It documents Tillman's death and the beginning of a massive cover-up of the real reason for his death. The cover-up involved several senior military officers and, possibly, the President. The
reason I devote attention to this incident is because I believe we have lost moral high ground in our country and that senior members of the military, especially those who graduated from our service academies (where those highest standards of honor are incorporated into strict honor codes), should be expected to exemplify hi
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Elitism and Far-Right Advance to Runoff in France

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Elitism and Far-Right Advance to Runoff in France

by Stephen Lendman

Former Rothschild & Cie Banque investment banker; Hollande economy, industry and digital affairs minister Emmanuel Macron is strongly favored to become France's next president.

A self-styled centrist, an elitist establishment favorite, he ran as an En Marche! (forward) candidate, the party he formed in April 2016 – favoring continuity, not responsible change.

His pledge to address high unemployment and social injustice, improve relations between French youths and police, stress education, promote gender equality socially and politically, among other domestic issues he discussed are promises made to be ignored if elected.

Internationally, he said "Europe is at the heart of our project. Our responsibility…is to be able to rebuild the European dream" – unattainable for ordinary people under Brussels control, French sovereignty abandoned.

An Opinionway pol
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