Cal Fire Investigates Suspected Arsonist For a Year, Fails To Stop Devastating Clayton Fire in California

Damin Pashilk, a resident of Clearlake, California, was arrested and charged Monday, August 15, 2016, for starting 17 wildfires.  The last fire Pashilk started before being arrested was the Clayton Fire, which at the time of this publication was 50% contained, but had already destroyed 175 structures, many of which were homes.  While serving a sentence for drug and weapons charges in the past, Pashilk worked on an inmate fire fighting crew.  He isn’t the first notable former inmate firefighter in California.  Wayne Allen Huntsman who started the September 13, 2014 King Fire that burned 12 homes and nearly 100,000 acres in California also worked as an inmate firefighter.

According to this August 16, 2016 LA Times article, Pashilk had been under investigation by Cal Fire for “about a year.”  This August 17, 2016 LA Times update on the story adds this, “Clearlake, Calif., resident Damin Pashilk has started or tried to start 17 fires in Lake County since July 2015, prosecutors said.”  That article goes on to describe other fires Pashilk is alleged to have started.  It states, “on July 27, Pashilk allegedly attempted to start a fire near the Holiday Island mobile home park in Clearlake. A week-and-a-half later, GPS trackers put his vehicle near where a matchbook had started a small blaze in Lower Lake, though it burned itself out. Four days later, the Clayton fire began.”

In other words, Cal Fire had nearly a year to catch this alleged arsonist.  They had him under surveillance.  Currently, they are charging him with 17 counts of arson, so they must have some evidence to support those charges.  But, remember, fire number 17 destroyed peoples’ homes.  It destroyed at least 175 structures, and still continues to burn.  If Cal Fire had reason to charge Pashilk with any of the previous 16 fires, why did they wait to arrest him?  Why did they wait until he started this most recent fire, the Clayton Fire, destroying peoples’ homes?

Here’s the answer offered by Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin according to this local CBS report. “It wasn’t until the Clayton Fire investigators had enough to make the arrest on Monday.  ‘You get one shot at this. If you take that shot too soon, you jeopardize bringing someone to justice who truly needs to be brought to justice,’ Martin said Wednesday.”

That after a year of investigation?

Just What is Transactional Immunity?

Let’s say a friend and I decide to set out on a protest mission against animal cruelty and we start a series of fires around the state at privately owned slaughter houses.  We also release wild horses being held in a Bureau of Land Management facility and light the corrals on fire.  At some point, we get caught.  Faced with years in prison, I agree to a plea deal that includes cooperating with the prosecution by giving details of every fire my friend and I started while on our crime spree, including the fire at the BLM’s wild horse facility.  My end of the deal includes only facing one charge of arson, and the prosecution agrees to give me transactional immunity.  What does that mean?

Transactional immunity is described here as follows:

Immunity from prosecution for an individual is generally sought when that individual has information necessary to the public interest, but has refused or is likely to refuse to testify or provide the information on the basis of the privilege against self-incrimination. There are different types of immunity that may be granted in exchange for a person’s testimony.

Transactional immunity bars any subsequent action against the immunized person, regardless of the source of the evidence against that person.

This website offers an example of a bank robber receiving transactional immunity in exchange for giving details of the crimes he committed.  These details include the fact that the robber used some of the stolen money to purchase cocaine, another illegal act.  However, because of his transactional immunity, he cannot be charged for this purchase of cocaine.

Now, back to my hypothetical acts of arson.  After reviewing my record the judge finds I have no prior criminal charges, and believing that I acted on a strongly held belief against animal cruelty, she determines I made mistakes and decides to give me another chance.  She believes I understand the gravity of my mistakes and will not commit them again, and gives me a light sentence.  So I made my deal and I serve the short sentence I receive for my single charge.  I get out of prison and return to a productive life.  I believe the entire ordeal brought on by my rash decisions to be behind me.

However, the federal government decides to bring a charge of arson on federal property against my friend and I.  This charge means that I once again find myself back in court, because the federal government is not bound to the transactional immunity the state granted me in my plea deal.  Imagine my surprise when I’m sentenced to a federal charge of arson and am sent back to prison for five years!

Of course, this is a made up scenario and I certainly have no intention of starting any fires that aren’t in my wood stove, fire ring, or barbecue.  So, why did I feel the need to write this short blurb describing transactional immunity?  Well, I wanted to write this because transactional immunity plays an important role in the very real, un-made-up, story I’m currently working on.  Stay tuned…

Newsbud Confronts NBC News in New York City

NBC News Declines to Answer Questions

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Newsbud’s Sibel Edmonds and Spiro Skouras traveled from Oregon to New York to spend several hours outside NBC News Headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City today.  They joined with supporters and journalists from various media outlets to publicly request an apology and retraction from NBC News for the false report made during the July 15, 2016 coup attempt in Turkey that Turkish President Erdogan was seeking asylum in Germany.  NBC News made this report as the attempted coup was taking place, and attributed it to a “senior US military source.”  When this could not be verified, NBC News no longer reported it as fact, but countless media outlets had already disseminated the report, citing NBC News as the source.  NBC News offered no explanation or retraction for their false report.

Newsbud repeatedly contacted NBC News asking for an explanation and retraction of this report, and after receiving no response, Newsbud issued a call to action for supporters and journalists to gather outside NBC News headquarters in New York City.  The Turkish embassy also contacted NBC News to request an explanation and apology, and made their request public via Twitter.

The New York Police Department was notified of the event in advance, and an enclosure was formed with barricades to contain everyone who came to show support for the demand for an explanation from NBC News.  When Edmonds and a small group began to make their way to the main entrance of NBC News Headquarters, they were stopped and told to return to the enclosure to wait while a member of the NYPD went inside to request that NBC News send a representative outside to address the group.  Later, a member of NBC’s security team spoke with Edmonds and stated he would also request that an NBC representative come outside to answer questions.

Edmonds addressed multiple journalists and activists from inside the metal barricades, surrounded by Turkish and American flags, and signs calling for the US to extradite Fethullah Gulen to Turkey.  Turkish President Erdogan has blamed the attempted coup on Gulen’s network and supporters, and has demanded that the US extradite Gulen to Turkey.

After waiting for hours, Edmonds announced she had received word that NBC News declined to send any representative outside to answer questions.  Edmonds then made a statement requesting that the Turkish government ban all NBC employees and reporters from Turkey, and extended that request to other nations as well.  Also, she stated that Newsbud, along with various media and Turkish organizations, will work towards pursuing a lawsuit against NBC News.  Additionally, she asked all viewers to no longer watch or support NBC News.

You can watch the recording of the livestream of the event here, and continue to follow the story at Newsbud’s temporary home, Boiling Frogs Post.

Independent Media Heads to New York to Confront NBC Over MSM Lies by James Corbett

by James Corbett
TheInternationalForecaster.com
August 2, 2016

During the chaos of breaking news events like the failed coup in Turkey last month, reliable, factual accounts of what is happening on the ground are especially important. If the MSM had reported that President Erdogan had been killed or captured by the coup faction, for instance, or that he had fled the country, that information could demoralize the public and deter them from the types of protests that ultimately stopped the coup in its tracks.

Well, as it turns out, that’s exactly what the MSM was reporting during the key hours when the coup was unfolding and the 24/7 news channels were scrambling to cover the story. Specifically, MSNBC reported that “a senior US military source tells NBC News that US officials are hearing that Turkish President Erdogan, refused landing rights in Istanbul, is reported to be seeking asylum in Germany.” The on-air anchor then editorialized that this “can’t be good for Erdogan.”

To be fair, it wouldn’t have been good for Erdogan…if it were true. Which of course it wasn’t. But that didn’t stop the MSM from propagating the secondhand, vaguely worded, anonymously sourced rumor everywhere. A Google search for “Erdogan asylum Germany” produces over 900,000 hits, showing that the story spread all over the online (and presumably on-air) media world within hours. Turkish sources confirm that the story was also picked up and heavily circulated within Turkey on social media platforms by the coup faction itself.

So here it is: yet another provable lie circulated by anonymous military sources through their propaganda arm, the US mainstream media. This story is a pretty straightforward example of a psyop designed to be spread throughout Turkey and used to defuse the Turkish public’s violent counter reaction to the coup. It failed, so NBC pulled the story and moved on to their next pack of lies…

control-letmesay…Or they tried to. But the team over at Newsbud.com, the new crowdfunded alternative media organization put together by FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, picked up the story and ran with it. They sourced the phony Erdogan asylum story back to a tweet by Kyle Griffin, a segment producer for MSNBC, and started a Twitter campaign to get Griffin to retract the faulty information and explain how and why it was broadcast on air during the critical hours of the coup. After days of being bombarded by demands for an explanation, Griffin deleted the original tweet (without apology, explanation or retraction) and began blocking the hundreds of activists that were confronting him.

Unhappy with this response, Newsbud stepped up the pressure. They brought the matter to the attention of the Turkish Embassy in Washington, which then issued a demand for an apology from NBC News for their “unacceptable journalism.” The demand, predictably ignored by NBC itself, was picked up and reported by international media including The Daily Sabah and Russia Insider. But in the US…crickets.

Since NBC has yet to address this issue, Newsbud is taking it to the next level. Newsbud.com founder Sibel Edmonds—along with other Newsbud team members, television crews from Turkey, Russia and the US, and interested citizen journalists and activists—will descend on NBC headquarters in New York this Thursday at 12 noon Eastern time to take their demand for a retraction and apology right to the liars’ doorstep.

“We are requesting NBC News Corp’s spokesperson and executives in charge of news to receive us and be available to answer questions and make comments in front of our cameras,” Edmonds explained to The Corbett Report via email, adding that they will be seeking an official public retraction and an explanation of why this information from their “senior Pentagon source” was broadcast without any fact checking or corroboration.

“If they refuse to meet us or let us in, we’ll show that live and recorded as well. Here is a mega USA news organization that is blocking other journalists and news organizations, refusing to abide by journalistic ethics to issue a public official retraction and explanation and apology on a proven, damaging false news story they circulated.”

sibelnewsbudNBC’s actions will be sadly unsurprising to those in the alternative media who have watched the MSM brush aside evidence of bias and false reporting for years. Asked why Newsbud is concentrating on NBC when all of the US mainstream media has a proven track record of such false reporting and participation with US military psyops, Edmonds explains: “We happened to have caught them in the psyop act as they did this. Had this been FOX or CNN or NYT we’d have done the same thing. NBC represents all of them.”

She adds that this is the type of action that people can expect from the newly-founded Newsbud.com, which reached the first step of its funding drive in June with a record-breaking crowdfunding campaign. “I know we are a news company, not a media watchdog. However, this is also to show people that all those so-called ‘media watchdog NGOs,’ funded by Rockefellers, Soros etc, with millions of dollars and hundreds of staff, which have been around for decades, have never done something like this.”

“You see, this is not about Erdogan or Turkey or one specific case. This is an opportunity to tackle several major issues related to MSM psyops and the propaganda machine, the false sense of security given to people with these ‘watchdog organizations’ financed and ruled by the same assholes. This is to show that we need to go beyond whining, bitching, moaning. What they expect (and always get): people/activists/bloggers screaming for a couple of days and then going away, chasing a new story. Well, we need to stop this ongoing cycle; grab their throat, stay on the story, and not let go.”

Any concerned citizens who are interested in joining Newsbud in this action are encouraged to bring their camera, microphone, pen and paper or any other reporting device and head to NBC headquarters at NYC Rockefeller Plaza on Thursday, Aug 4, at 12:00 pm ET. There will also be a press conference after the event.

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This article was originally published here by James Corbett of The Corbett Report under a creative commons license.  If you have not visited the Corbett Report before, I highly recommend you do, there is a vast wealth of information there, on many subjects.

Attention US Media: There’s a New Watchdog in The House

“Today, on Monday, July 25, 2016, at 1:50 p.m. the Turkish Embassy’s press office responded to Newsbud’s inquiry via email, and indicated that Turkey’s official demand for immediate public apology and retraction had been submitted to the relevant divisions of NBC News at 1:00 p.m. (ET) today-Monday July 25, 2016.”

Click here to watch the video and read more.

The Newsbud  campaign to #ConfrontNBC continues on Twitter, with thousands of tweets calling on NBC News for a response.   Even the Turkish Press Office joined in with this tweet:

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Hopefully NBC News will offer an apology.  We the people need to keep the pressure on them.  We need to continue to hold media accountable by exposing these types of false reports and government information operations.  When we work together, we can be successful!

Top image credit:  Paul Jamiol at Boiling Frogs Post

Just Some Updates…

I just wanted to share this Newsbud demand for an explanation and retraction of the rumor that spread widely on July 15, 2016 suggesting that Turkish President Erdogan was seeking asylum in Germany during the attempted coup.  That rumor has been repeatedly attributed to NBC News and a tweet made that day by MSNBC Segment Producer Kyle Griffin.  Please click the link above for more information.  This is important!

Also, please stay tuned, I’ve got a story coming up that will give more information on this post I wrote back in April about a case of arson on federal land.  I am also working on a story regarding the Greater Sage Grouse.

So until then…

 

 

US House Passes Amendment to Prevent Owyhee National Monument

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On Thursday, the US House of Representatives passed H.R. 2822, an appropriation bill for the Department of Interior by a vote of 231-196.  Attached to the bill is an amendment that will prohibit the President from declaring certain areas National Monuments.  One of those areas is the Owyhee Canyonlands.

The amendment states:

None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to make a Presidential declaration by public proclamation of a national monument under chapter 3203 of title 54, United States Code in the counties of Mohave and Coconino in the State of Arizona, in the counties of Modoc and Siskiyou in the State of California, in the counties of Chaffee, Moffat, and Park in the State of Colorado, in the counties of Lincoln, Clark, and Nye in the State of Nevada, in the county of Otero in the State of New Mexico, in the counties of Jackson, Josephine and, Malheur in the State of Oregon, or in the counties of Wayne, Garfield, and Kane in the State of Utah.

House Democrats attempted to remove the amendment from H.R. 2822 but were unsuccessful by a vote of 202-225.

On his website, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Or) states, “The President shouldn’t be able to lock up thousands of acres of federal land to all productive uses with just the stroke of his pen and no say from the people who are most affected. Some have identified the Owyhee Desert as a target for a national monument designation, and I have heard strong local opposition to such an action.”

According to this July 15, 2016 Argus Observer article, H.R. 2822 also includes a provision for “$480 million for payments in lieu of taxes, which provides money for county governments to offset losses in property taxes on federal land.  It will also delay “for at least one year further action on greater sage grouse and eliminates a proposed increase on grazing fees on federal land.”

That article goes on to say that the bill may face filibuster in the Senate, and President Obama has threatened to veto it if it passes the Senate in its current form.

You can read why I feel the Owyhee Canyonlands should not be declared a National Monument here.