Former Government Agent Donates Money

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Washington (AP) Jerry Andrews,  a former undercover agent with the United States government. Has donated over  two million dollars , which he claims were some of the profits made by businesses while he was doing undercover work for the government for almost 30 years. Mr. Andrews who recently retired from govt. service had worked undercover in foreign countries for his first few years of service,  but later most of his work involved running several front businesses including some illegal  businesses for the American government in order to gain info and track assets.

Mr. Andrews has had to go undercover in jail and prison  to keep his cover and to further  track and gather intelligence on suspects.  Just a few years ago, He was loaned to civil authorities. Mr. Andrews has worked undercover in several states such as Florida. In cities like key west, Sanford and Tampa were he ran an Adult business that allowed him to further his work but, make a profit.

In 2006 Mr. Andrews got married to a woman who he met through the embassy while doing undercover work in the Ukraine and started a family, he has now decided to retired from active service.  All the illegal front business were dissolved along with some  legitimate ones, others were kept open and still turn a profit.

Mr. Andrews decided to donate some of those profits to those in need .

When asked what was the hardest part of being undercover for so long and having to go to prison for his government he replied. “Technology has changed an awful lot in all that time.And now I have a family I have noticed a lot of people look up who I am online . Even though we erased my records when I retired . It still shows up or can be found cached somewhere on some server and sometimes it can cause embarrassment. Sometimes people even harass my kids about it,  However It’s been a good life and I feel I have accomplished a lot.

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 Pictured : Jerry Andrews

ISIS can ‘muster’ between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters, CIA says

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Washington (AP) — A CIA assessment puts the number of ISIS fighters at possibly more than three times the previous estimates.

The terror group that calls itself the Islamic State “can muster between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria,” a CIA spokesman told CNN on Thursday.

Analysts and U.S. officials initially estimated there were as many as 10,000 fighters, including those who were freed from prisons by ISIS, and Sunni loyalists who have joined the fight as the group advanced across Iraq.

“This new total reflects an increase in members because of stronger recruitment since June following battlefield successes and the declaration of a caliphate, greater battlefield activity and additional intelligence,” the spokesman said.

The news came a day after President Barack Obama laid out his plan to “dismantle and ultimately destroy” ISIS, including authorizing airstrikes.

Mass executions and videotaped beheadings, including those of two American journalists, have led to the push for a broader counterterrorism mission, including possible airstrikes in civil war-torn Syria.

It’s unclear how the ISIS ranks swelled, and whether the increased numbers include recruits from within Iraq.

More than 15,000 foreign fighters, including 2,000 Westerners, have gone to Syria, a CIA source told CNN on Thursday. The fighters come from more than 80 countries, the source said.

It’s not immediately clear whether these were primarily ISIS fighters or were dispersed among a number of groups fighting the Syrian government.

The details about the increased number of fighters followed news that the United States has begun surveillance flights over Syria, which a U.S. official told CNN is part of an effort to gather intelligence that will help the decision whether to launch airstrikes against ISIS.

The Pentagon is refining its targets based on improved intelligence-gathering, including the surveillance flights now under way over Syria, a Defense official said.

The United States “will take action at a time and place” of its choosing, a third official said. But while a broader campaign is not imminent, the officials — who all spoke on condition of anonymity — said the military can strike at any time if there is a target of opportunity.

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The Pentagon spokesman suggested that striking ISIS also means going after the terror group’s leadership, something the United States has not done to this point.

Ex-FBI director to investigate Ray Rice case

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(CNN) — Nothing less than the NFL’s reputation is on the line, and possibly the job of the league’s commissioner, Roger Goodell.

A bombshell video shows Ray Rice knocking out his now-wife on a casino elevator. Another shows him dragging her off.

What we don’t know for certain is what the NFL knew about the incident and when the league knew it.

There are conflicting stories. Critics want answers. Some want Goodell’s head.

Appointment not enough

If the league was looking to stem the tide of criticism, it didn’t work.

The National Organization for Women called Mueller’s appointment “just window dressing,” saying it doesn’t go far enough.

“NOW continues to ask for Roger Goodell to resign, and for his successor to appoint an independent investigator with full authority to gather factual data about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking within the entire NFL community — not just regarding the Ray Rice incident — and to recommend real and lasting reforms,” said Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women.

Rice, who was released Monday by the Baltimore Ravens, and his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, got into an altercation on an elevator in the casino in Atlantic City on February 15. Rice knocked her out with a punch to the head then dragged her — face down — out of the elevator.

TMZ Sports obtained two videos from the footage taken from surveillance cameras that night. It posted the first one, which showed Rice dragging his then-fiancee out of the elevator, in February. The in-elevator video showing the violent punch was put online Monday.

Goodell told CBS that what he saw on the second video was “inconsistent” with what Rice told him when he and his wife met with the commissioner in June to explain what happened. Several other people attended the meeting, including representatives from the players’ union, executives from the Ravens and lawyers for the NFL.

But on Thursday, ESPN reported that four sources — none of whom were named — said that Rice told Goodell he had punched Palmer. A fifth source said Rice described the hit as a slap. ESPN reported the five sources had knowledge of the meeting.

One said: “He told the truth. This is a public lynching of Ray.”

Ravens owner looks back

It was that second video that changed Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti’s perception of the incident.

Bisciotti, who told CNN affiliate WBAL that he never spoke with Rice, said he didn’t realize the blow that knocked Janay Rice out was so forceful.

“The way it was described to us was that he had hit her with an open hand and that she had hit her head (as she fell),” Bisciotti told WBAL.

He told the station that the way he pictured it in his mind Janay Rice was “wailing” on her then-fiance when he slapped her and she was close to the wall and hit her head, knocking her out.

“So why did I conclude all of that? Because I wanted to, because I loved him, because he had a stellar record,” Bisciotti said. He added his thinking was also shaped by the fact that police only arrested the couple for misdemeanors.

Ray Rice’s charge was later changed to a felony, and Janay’s charge was dropped.

NFL and the video

The NFL on Wednesday said it is looking into an Associated Press report that a league executive in April received from a law enforcement official a copy of the video in which Ray Rice punched his now-wife in the face.

The law enforcement official had a short voice mail from April 9 in which someone calling from a number at an NFL office thanks the official, the AP reported. The caller says of the video, “You’re right. It’s terrible,” according to the AP.

The league has denied that anyone in its office had seen the video before Monday, when it was posted online.

Big solar storm heading toward Earth

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These ejections are sometimes associated with solar flares, the most explosive events in the solar system. The sun has released two ejections in the past two days, and both are linked to solar flares. NASA says the second flare is an X1.6 class, putting it in the most intense category.

The energy from those two ejections is heading toward Earth.

Space weather experts aren’t sure what this solar storm will do.

“This is a pretty strong solar storm, and we just won’t know until it gets here” what it will do, said CNN meteorologist Chad Myers.

Earth’s atmosphere usually protects us humans, but you might want to keep a flashlight handy. Solar storms can knock out power, interfere with GPS and radio communications — including those on commercial airliners — and damage satellites.

“People on the ground really don’t have to worry,” said Lika Guhathakurta, a program scientist with NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. She said solar storms don’t affect humans on the ground, although astronauts could be at risk.

And our technology.

But don’t worry too much. NASA can take steps to protect the crew members on the International Space Station, and satellite operators can turn off sensitive sensors on satellites to mitigate the risk to your smartphones and wi-fi connection. There may be temporary glitches, though, Guhathakurta says.

And if there is a major issue, scientists are taking precautions to make sure all the important parties are prepared.

“FEMA has been notified of these events just in case,” Thomas Berger, director of NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center, said at a Thursday news conference.

On March 13, 1989, a solar storm knocked out power for the entire province of Quebec for 12 hours. Power grids in the United States were affected but didn’t have blackouts. NASA says some satellites tumbled out of control for hours during what’s known as the Quebec Blackout. The space shuttle Discovery was in orbit at the time and had a mysterious sensor problem that went away after the storm, NASA says.

On the upside, solar storms also create beautiful aurora. Aurora watchers in the northern United States who are outside major metropolitan areas should be watching the skies on Thursday and Friday nights.

People in the southern part of the nation are less likely to get the kind of splendid aurora sights that people in the Northeast and Alaska will see, but it might not hurt for them to take a glance at the sky anyway, just in case.

Although it won’t be as intense a view as the one northerners will get, “if you want to take a look on Friday night, why not?” Berger said.