#2386: Marine Brief – Death Of SEALs In State Of Clinton – Serco 8(a) Breach Of OPM –White’s & Pinkerton Spot-Fixed Tor
1. Hillary Clinton is responsible as former Secretary of State for the wrongful deaths of serving or former Navy SEALs in Afghanistan (8/6/11) and Libya (9/11/12) because she failed to secure her private server in communications with host governments and left the victims exposed to Man In The Middle attacks.
2. Serco mentors 8(a) companies owned by allegedly-disadvantaged groups, including women and blacks, in an ongoing breach of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) security-clearance files to identify targets for online assassination betting and MitM attacks.
3. White’s Club and Pinkerton agents allegedly used GMT clock and telegraph networks for spot-fixing hits during the American Civil War and allegedly used Serco’s 8(a) hackers, atomic clock and the onion router (Tor) digital fires to spot fix the deaths of the SEALs.
Readers are invited to browse Abel Danger‘s website where United States Marine Field McConnell has proof by contradiction – no rebuttal or action for libel – of a conspiracy between White’s Club and Pinkerton agents with Serco 8(a) companies to develop scripts for online assassination betting and removal of obstacles to the Clinton presidential election campaign.
Hillary Clinton’s basement
“EXCLUSIVE: CIA operators were denied request for help during Benghazi attack, sources say
By Jennifer Griffin
Published October 26, 2012
Fox News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that an urgent request from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. consulate and subsequent attack several hours later on the annex itself was denied by the CIA chain of command — who also told the CIA operators twice to “stand down” rather than help the ambassador’s team when shots were heard at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Benghazi on Sept. 11.
Former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods was part of a small team who was at the CIA annex about a mile from the U.S. consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team came under attack. When he and others heard the shots fired, they informed their higher-ups at the annex to tell them what they were hearing and requested permission to go to the consulate and help out. They were told to “stand down,” according to sources familiar with the exchange. Soon after, they were again told to “stand down.”
Woods and at least two others ignored those orders and made their way to the consulate which at that point was on fire. Shots were exchanged. The rescue team from the CIA annex evacuated those who remained at the consulate and Sean Smith, who had been killed in the initial attack. They could not find the ambassador and returned to the CIA annex at about midnight.
At that point, they called again for military support and help because they were taking fire at the CIA safe house, or annex. The request was denied. There were no communications problems at the annex, according those present at the compound. The team was in constant radio contact with their headquarters. In fact, at least one member of the team was on the roof of the annex manning a heavy machine gun when mortars were fired at the CIA compound. The security officer had a laser on the target that was firing and repeatedly requested back-up support from a Spectre gunship, which is commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to provide support to Special Operations teams on the ground involved in intense firefights.
CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Youngblood, though, denied the claims that requests for support were turned down.
“We can say with confidence that the Agency reacted quickly to aid our colleagues during that terrible evening in Benghazi,” she said. “Moreover, no one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate. In fact, it is important to remember how many lives were saved by courageous Americans who put their own safety at risk that night-and that some of those selfless Americans gave their lives in the effort to rescue their comrades.”
“Obama ‘Put a Target on Their Backs’, SEAL Team 6 Family Members Say
Family members question SEAL Team 6’s most deadly incident.
By Paul D. ShinkmanMay 9, 2013 | 2:22 p.m. EDT+ More
The families of some of the 17 SEAL Team 6 commandos who were killed in an ambush in Afghanistan during a helicopter flight to help Army Rangers pinned down by Taliban gunmen accused the Obama administration of deliberately endangering their loved ones for political ends.
During a press conference on Washington Thursday, family and advocates for the fallen troops called into question the rules of engagement that they say prohibited their sons from being able to return fire, and the White House’s decision to announce shortly after the killing of Osama bin Laden that SEAL Team 6 was responsible for the raid.
“In releasing their identity, they put a target on their backs,” said Doug Hamburger, whose son, Army Staff Sgt. Patrick Hamburger, served among the helicopter’s crew.
The event was organized by Freedom Watch, a conservative advocacy group, at the National Press Club. One by one, fathers and mothers of the victims of the crash spoke about what they see as gaping holes or inconsistencies in the review of what U.S. Special Operations considers its most deadly incident.
In all, 17 members of the SEAL Team 6 counterterrorist force were on board the CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter, along with its Army National Guard aircrew, several support personnel and seven Afghan commandos. In all 38 troops died after the helicopter was shot down by what a review determined to be a Taliban RPG over Wardak Province, Afghanistan, on Aug. 6, 2011.”
“Hillary Clinton’s Personal Server Hacked by Chinese Hackers?
Saturday, March 7, 2015 22:43
(Before It’s News)
Hillary Clinton’s Personal Server Hacked by Chinese Hackers?
By Dr. Bob Uda, PhD, CM, CHSP, ILO
March 7, 2015
Red China has Hillary Clinton’s damning emails regarding the Benghazi terrorist attack; receiving donations from Arabic, Muslim, and Islamic nations; husband Bill’s dealings with pedophilia, among numerous others things. It is also suspected that other nations such as Russia, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Syria, Libya, and Venezuela may have also hacked into the Clinton server located in the basement of her home. Additionally, civilian hackers in the United States who have hacked into Hillary’s server already have some of the damning emails and will use them to blackmail Hillary during the presidential campaign and thereafter.
This situation has placed the United States in a very precarious position. Remember, the National Security Agency (NSA) has surreptitiously tapped into the cell phones, computers, and emails of many foreign leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The NSA also has all of the damning emails from Hillary Clinton and will divulge them to the American people very soon. This is why it would be dangerous for the Democrats to nominate Hillary Clinton as their standard bearer for the 2016 election.
If you believe this article, I have a used server from Hillary Clinton to sell you. However, even though this is a hypothetical story, it is not far-fetched from probably being the truth. If it turns out to be the truth, then it is highly probable that Hillary, should she become president of the United States (POTUS), could be blackmailed in the future by terrorists or rogue nations such as Iran and North Korea. Do you wonder why the Obama administration is working hard to establish diplomatic relations and treaties with Iran, Cuba, and Egypt? Think about all of the possible scenarios.
Do not be surprised if the Clinton home in Chappaqua, New York, burns down to the ground in the near future. Remember, if “Tricky” Dick Nixon had destroyed the White House tapes, he may have served out his second term. All of these shenanigans would not have occurred because the course of history would have taken a better direction than it is heading today.
The chickens have finally come home to roost. Hillary has dodged bullets in the Whitewater scandal, the Vince Foster suicide, travel-gate, investing $1,000 in cattle futures and making $100,000 (insider trading), and FBI personal files on Republican enemies. This alleged federal offense will be a hard bullet to dodge especially since the bullet is armor piercing.”
“White House reportedly hid extent of Office of Personnel Management hack
Published June 25, 2015
The Obama administration reportedly concealed the true amount of information compromised by a cyberattack on the federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for several days after the initial disclosure of the hack, according to a published report.
The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the day after the White House admitted that hackers had breached personnel files, OPM publicly denied that the security clearance forms had been compromised despite receiving information to the contrary from the FBI. The administration did not say that security clearance forms had likely been accessed by the intruders until more than a week had passed.
A OPM spokeswoman denied the claims, telling the Journal the agency had been “completely consistent” in its reporting of the data breach.
The Journal, citing U.S. officials, reported that lengthy period between disclosures was the result of a decision taken by both White House and OPM officials to report the cyberattack as two separate breaches, one of the personnel files and one of the security clearance forms. That meant that rather than saying the hack may have compromised the information of approximately 18 million people, including some who have never worked for the government, OPM initially said that only about four million people were affected.
By contrast, the paper reports, FBI officials who had to speak to lawmakers about the incident, including director James Comey, defined the theft as the result of one breach.
On Wednesday, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz asked whether the true number of people affected could be as high as 32 million, and called for OPM Director Katherine Archuleta to step down.
Chaffetz: Data breach scares the living daylights out of me
“I think you are part of the problem,” Chaffetz told Archuleta during a hearing. “That hurricane has come and blown this building down, and I don’t want to hear about putting boards up on windows (now). It’s time for you to go.”
In her testimony, Archuleta said the estimate of 18 million people affected “refers to a preliminary, unverified and approximate number of unique Social Security numbers in the background investigations data … It is a number I am not comfortable with.”
However, the Journal reports that in a private briefing with lawmakers Tuesday, a senior FBI official interjected and told Archuleta the number was based on OPM’s own data.
Investigators believe that China was behind the cyberattack, which was discovered in April. If the security clearance forms were compromised, information about espionage operations could be exposed. Beijing has strongly denied any role in the hack.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.”
“Behind the Sordid World of Online Assassination Betting
Filed to: BIBLIOTECH 6/01/15 11:35am
Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death
It was in this heady atmosphere that the radical libertarian Jim Bell first took the promise of online anonymity to a terrifying conclusion. In late 1992, a group of radical libertarians from California called the “cypherpunks” set up an email list to propose and discuss how cyberspace could be used to guarantee personal liberty, privacy, and anonymity. Bell, a contributor to the list, believed that if citizens could use the internet to send secret encrypted messages and trade using untraceable currencies, it would be possible to create a functioning market for almost anything. In 1995, he set out his ideas in an essay called “Assassination Politics,” which he posted to the email list. It made even the staunchly libertarian cypherpunks wince.
Bell proposed that an organization be set up that would ask citizens to make anonymous digital cash donations to the prize pool of a public figure. The organization would award the prize to whoever correctly predicted that person’s death. This, argued Bell, wasn’t illegal, it was just a type of gambling. But here’s the ruse: if enough people were sufficiently angry with a particular individual—each anonymously contributing just a few dollars—the prize pool would become so large that someone would be incentivized to make a prediction and then fulfill it themselves in order to take the pot.
This is where encrypted messages and untraceable payment systems come in. A crowd-sourced—and untraceable—murder would unfold as follows. First, the would-be assassin sends his prediction in an encrypted message that can be opened only by a digital code known to the person who sent it. He then makes the kill and sends the organization that code, which would unlock his (correct) prediction. Once verified by the organization, presumably by watching the news, the prize money—in the form of a digital currency donated to the pot—would be publicly posted online as an encrypted file. Again, that file can be unlocked only by a “key” generated by whoever made the prediction. Without anyone knowing the identity of anyone else, the organization would be able to verify the prediction and award the prize to the person who made it.
The best bit, thought Bell, was that internet-enabled anonymity safeguarded all parties, except perhaps the killer (and his or her victim). Even if the police discovered who’d been contributing to the cash prizes of people on the list, the donors could truthfully respond that they had never directly asked for anyone to be killed. The organization that ran the market couldn’t help either, because they wouldn’t know who had donated, who had made predictions or who had unlocked the cash file.
But Bell’s idea was about more than getting away with murder. He believed that this system would exert a populist pressure on elected representatives to be good. The worse the offender—the more he or she outraged his or her citizens—the more likely they were to accumulate a large pool, and incentivize potential assassins. (Bell believed Stalin, Hitler, and Mussolini would all have been killed had such a market existed at the time.) Ideally, no one would need to be killed. Bell hoped the very existence of this market would mean no one would dare throw their hat into the ring at all.
“Perfect anonymity, perfect secrecy, and perfect security,” he wrote, “. . . combined with the ease and security with which these contributions could be collected, would make being an abusive government employee an extremely risky proposition. Chances are good that nobody above the level of county commissioner would even risk staying in office.”
In 1995, when Bell wrote “Assassination Politics,” this was all hypothetical. Although Bell believed his market would ultimately lead to the collapse of every government in the world, reality hadn’t caught up with his imagination. Nearly two decades later, with the creation of digital currencies like Bitcoin, anonymous browsers like Tor and trustworthy encryption systems, it had, and Bell’s vision was realized. “Killing is in most cases wrong, yes,” Sanjuro wrote when he launched the Assassination Market in the summer of 2013:
However, this is an inevitable direction in the technological evolution . . . When someone uses the law against you and/or infringes upon your rights to life, liberty, property, trade or the pursuit of happiness, you may now, in a safe manner from the comfort of your living room, lower their life-expectancy in return.
There are, today, at least half a dozen names on the Assassination Market. Although it is frightening, no one, as far as I can tell, has been assassinated. Its significance lies not in its effectiveness, but in its existence. It is typical of the sort of creativity and innovation that characterizes the dark net: a place without limits, a place to push boundaries, a place to express ideas without censorship, a place to sate our curiosities and desires, whatever they may be. All dangerous, magnificent, and uniquely human qualities.”
This celebrated Club was originally established as “White’s Chocolate-house,” in 1698, five doors from the bottom of the west side of St. James’s-street, “ascending from St. James’s Palace.” (Hatton, 1708.) A print of the time shows a small garden attached to the house: at the tables in the house or garden, more than one highwayman took his chocolate, or threw his main, before he quietly mounted his horse, and rode down Piccadilly towards Bagshot.
At White’s, the least difference of opinion invariably ended in a bet, and a book for entering the particulars of all bets was always laid upon the table; one of these, with entries of a date as early as 1744, Mr. Cunningham tells us, had been preserved. A book for entering bets is still laid on the table.
In these betting books are to be found bets on births, deaths, and marriages; the length of a life, or the duration of a ministry; a placeman’s prospect of a coronet; on the shock of an earthquake; or the last scandal at Ranelagh, or Madame Cornelys’s. A man dropped down at the door of White’s; he was carried into the house. Was he dead or not? The odds were immediately given and taken for and against. It was proposed to bleed him. Those who had taken the odds the man was dead, protested that the use of a lancet would affect the fairness of the bet.
Walpole gives some of these narratives as good stories “made on White’s.” A parson coming into the Club on the morning of the earthquake of 1750, and hearing bets laid whether the shock was caused by an earthquake or the blowing-up of powder-mills, went away in horror, protesting they were such an impious set, that he believed if the last trump were to sound, they would bet “puppet-show against Judgment.” Gilly Williams writes to Selwyn, 1764, “Lord Digby is very soon to be married to Miss Fielding.” Thousands might have been won in this house (White’s), on his Lordship not knowing that such a being existed.
Mr. Cunningham tells us that “the marriage of a young lady of rank would occasion a bet of a hundred guineas, that she would give birth to a live child before the Countess of ——, who had been married three or even more months before her. Heavy bets were pending, that Arthur, who was then a widower, would be married before a member of the Club of about the same age, and also a widower; and that Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, would outlive the old Duchess of Cleveland.”
“One of the youth at White’s,” writes Walpole to Mann, July 10, 1744, “has committed a murder, and intends to repeat it. He betted £1500 that a man could live twelve hours under water; hired a desperate fellow, sunk him in a ship, by way of experiment, and both ship and man have not appeared since. Another man and ship are to be tried for their lives, instead of Mr. Blake, the assassin.”
Walpole found at White’s, a very remarkable entry in their very—very remarkable wager-book, which is still preserved. “Lord Mountford bets Sir John Bland twenty guineas that Nash outlives Cibber.” “How odd,” says Walpole, “that these two old creatures, selected for their antiquities, should live to see both their wagerers put an end to their own lives! Cibber is within a few days of eighty-four, still hearty, and clear, and well. I told him I was glad to see him look so well. ‘Faith,’ said he, ‘it is very well that I look at all.'” Lord Mountford would have been the winner: Cibber died in 1757; Nash in 1761.”
“The 8(a) Business Development Program assists in the development of small businesses owned and operated by individuals who are socially and economically disadvantaged, such as women and minorities. The following ethnic groups are classified as eligible: Black Americans; Hispanic Americans; Native Americans (American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts, or Native Hawaiians); Asian Pacific Americans (persons with origins from Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Japan, China (including Hong Kong), Taiwan, Laos, Cambodia (Kampuchea), Vietnam, Korea, The Philippines, U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (Republic of Palau), Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Samoa, Macao, Fiji, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu, or Nauru); Subcontinent Asian Americans (persons with origins from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, the Maldives Islands or Nepal). In 2011, the SBA, along with the FBI and the IRS, uncovered a massive scheme to defraud this program. Civilian employees of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, working in concert with an employee of Alaska Native Corporation Eyak Technology LLC allegedly submitted fraudulent bills to the program, totaling over 20 million dollars, and kept the money for their own use. It also alleged that the group planned to steer a further 780 million dollars towards their favored contractor.”
“Serco farewell to NPL after 19 years of innovation 8 January 2015 .. During that period under Serco’s management and leadership.. .. NPL’s caesium fountain atomic clock is accurate to 1 second in 158 million years and NPL is playing a key role in introducing rigour to high frequency [spread bet and spot-fixed assassination] trading in the City through NPLTime.”
“Digital Fires Instructor Serco – Camp Pendleton, CA Posted 377 days ago Uses information derived from all military disciplines (e.g., aviation, ground combat, command and control, combat service support, intelligence, and opposing forces) to determine changes in enemy capabilities, vulnerabilities, and probable courses of action. ..
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• Four years of documented experience instructing and employing their respective C2 system in support of MAGTF operations
• Background as an 0844 or 0848 MOS (USMC MOS, or equivalent USA MOS appropriate), with formal training and experience utilizing AFATDS (Advanced Field Artillery Target Data System), EMT (Effects Management Tool), PSS-SOF (Precision Strike Suite – Special Ops Forces)
• Active Secret Clearance or the ability to obtain a Secret clearance is required.
• Formal AFATDS Training required, Strike-Link, PSS-SOF, JADOCS experience desirable”
“Rose O’Neal Greenhow (1813 or 1814–
October 1, 1864) was a renowned Confederate spy during
the American Civil War. A socialite in Washington, D.C. during the period before the war, she moved in important
political circles and cultivated friendships with presidents, generals,
senators, and high-ranking military officers. She used her connections to pass
along key military information to the Confederacy at the start of the war. In early
1861, she was given control of a pro-Southern spy network in Washington, DC by
her handler, Thomas
Jordan, then a captain in the
Confederate Army. She was credited by Jefferson Davis, the Confederate president, with ensuring the South’s victory at
Battle of Bull Run in late
July 1861. …
Knowing she was
suspected of spying for the Confederacy, Greenhow feared for her remaining
daughters’ safety. Leila was sent to Ohio to join her older sister Florence
Greenhow Moore, whose husband Seymour Treadwell Moore had become a captain in
the Union Army. (He was breveted a brigadier general in May 1865 for his services
and achieved a rank of lieutenant colonel after the war in his army career.)
Only Little Rose stayed with Greenhow in Washington.
Allan Pinkerton was made head of the recently
Service and one of his first
orders was to watch Greenhow, because of her wide circle of contacts on both
sides of the sectional split. Due to the activities of visitors, he arrested her and placed her
under house arrest at her 16th Street residence, along
with one of her couriers, Lily Mackall. His agents traced other leaked information to Greenhow’s home. While
searching her house, Pinkerton and his men found extensive intelligence
materials left from evidence she tried to burn, including scraps of coded
messages, copies of what amounted to eight reports to Jordan over a month’s
time, and maps of Washington fortifications and notes on military movements.
The materials included
numerous love letters from the abolitionist Republican US Senator Henry Wilson from Massachusetts. She considered him her prize source, and said
he gave her data on the “number of heavy guns and other artillery in the
Washington defenses,” but he likely knew far more from his work on the
Military Affairs Committee. The seized Greenhow papers are now held by the National Archives
and Records Administration, with some available on line.
visitors to Greenhow’s house and moved other suspected Southern sympathizers
into it, giving rise to the nickname Fort Greenhow. He was pleased to oversee
the visitors and messages, as it gave him more control of the Southern flow of
information. While messages continued to be sent to Jordan, he discounted them
after Pinkerton mounted his control. When a letter from Greenhow to Seward was
publicized that complained of her treatment, there was Northern criticism for
what was perceived as too lenient treatment of a spy. Pinkerton transferred
Greenhow on January 18, 1862 to Old Capitol
Prison, shutting down Fort
Greenhow. So many political prisoners were detained that a two-man commission
was set up to review their cases at what were called espionage. hearings. Greenhow was never subjected to trial. Her youngest daughter, “Little Rose”, then eight years
old, was permitted to stay with her.
Greenhow continued to
pass along messages while imprisoned. Passers-by could see Rose’s window from the street. Historians
believe that the position of the blinds and number of candles burning in the
window had special meaning to the “little birdies” passing by.
Another account lists her prison room facing the prison yard “so that she
could not see or be seen” and “every effort was made to keep Mrs.
Greenhow away from the windows.”Greenhow also on one occasion flew the Confederate Flag from her prison window.”
“Granville George Leveson-Gower, 2nd Earl Granville, KG, PC,FRS (11 May 1815 – 31 March
1891), styled Lord Leveson until 1846, was a British Liberal statesman.
In a political career
spanning over 50 years, he was thrice Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, led the Liberal Party in the House of Lords for almost 30 years and
was joint Leader of the Liberal Party between 1875 and 1880. He is best known
for his pacific stewardship of Britain’s external relations, 1870–74 and
1880–85, in co-operation with his best friend, Prime Minister Gladstone. His
foreign policy was based on patience, peace, and no alliances; it kept Britain
free from European wars and improved relations with the United States after the
strain during the American Civil
Lord Granville married Lady Acton (Marie
Louise Pelline de Dalberg), daughter of Emmerich
Joseph de Dalberg, widow of Sir
Ferdinand Dalberg-Acton, Bt, and
mother of the historian Lord
Acton, in 1840. She died in 1860.
He was engaged in 1864
to an envoy and former spy from the Confederate
States of America, Rose O’Neal
Greenhow, but shortly after their
engagement, in returning to the CSA, she died by drowning off Wilmington,
North Carolina when her
rowboat overturned as she was escaping a US blockade ship.”
“The most famous private detective agency in American history, the
Pinkertons went hard after embezzlers, murderers, thieves, and myriad other
jackasses across the United States, picking up the slack that local hayseed
Mayberry bullshit police departments weren’t equipped to handle. Ruthlessly
efficient in their inexorable search for outlaws who need to have their asses
wrecked, the Pinkertons never compromised, never accepted bribes or rewards,
and refused to be distracted by bureaucratic bullshit like state lines or due
process or police brutality or any of those other things that Dirty Harry
Callahan never gave a fuck about once in his life. Offering their services to
transcontinental railroad companies, banks, and government agencies across the
country, Pinkerton’s Agency grew exponentially in size thanks to a crazy
self-aggrandizing PR machine and a spotless arrest/capture/execution record
that makes Judge Dredd look like one of those sassy jerks who mediate traffic
disputes on daytime television. It wasn’t long before the Pinkertons basically
morphed into an all-encompassing apparatus that was like the FBI, the Secret
Service, Blackwater, and Dog the Bounty Hunter all rolled up into one badass
ultra-efficient machine of gangster-incinerating justice.
But shit was just
getting started. The Agency got a bit of a break in 1861 when Allan Pinkerton
was in Baltimore trying to uncover the mastermind of some continent-spanning
criminal empire and somehow managed to uncover a cleverly-organized plot to
assassinate the recently-elected President Abraham Lincoln on his way to his
inauguration in Washington DC. Pinkerton, who was friends with Lincoln dating
back to Honest Abe’s days working on the Illinois Central Railroad, warned the
prez, crashed a party in his honor, and managed to get Lincoln out of town just
in time to save him from an assassin’s bullet. He was rewarded by being
appointed the first head of the newly-formed Union Intelligence Service, an
organization that we know today as the Secret Service.”
“History isn’t certain if Kate Warne, America’s first female detective,
had that career path in mind when she walked into the Pinkerton Detective
Agency. It’s possible she was applying to be a secretary. But she so
impressed Allan Pinkerton that he hired her as an agent — a job she proved
unusually well-suited for.
This was 1856. To say that Pinkerton, who founded
his Chicago-based agency in 1850, was breaking with convention by hiring a
newly-widowed 23-year-old woman is an understatement. But his hunch proved
prescient, and Warne broke ground for other women who aspired to be private
investigators. In a ringing endorsement after her successes led him to hire on
more women, Pinkerton declared:
will serve your country better than on the field. I have several female
operatives. If you agree to come aboard you will go in training with the head
of my female detectives, Kate Warne. She has never let me down.”
female detective in those days meant Warne was able to go
undercover with ease (including
pretending to be a fortune-teller as a means to gather intel), and gain the
trust of other women (like the wife of a man suspected
of embezzling $50,000 from
the Adams Express Company in Montgomery, Alabama).
Warne’s biggest case
came in 1861, when she proved a key operative in Pinkerton’s successful thwarting of
an assassination plot being hatched against then-president-elect Abraham
Lincoln. Though Warne was a New York native, her time spent working the Adams
Express Company case meant she was able to
convincingly impersonate a Southerner. Once he caught wind of the plot against Lincoln, Pinkerton knew
exactly how Warne could help crack the case:
He sent Warne to
Baltimore as a spy to infiltrate the southern sympathizers. Posing as a Mrs.
Barley, a visitor from Alabama, Warne’s job was to “cultivate the wives and
daughters of suspected plotters.” The attempt on the president-elect’s life
would be made while he was passing through the city.
went even further. Not only did she courier messages to Lincoln’s party, but
she also helped smuggle the president himself onto a train that would
ultimately pass through Baltimore with him undetected.
Lincoln donned an
overcoat and hat, abandoning his signature “stovepipe.” His role was that of
Kate Warne’s “invalid brother.” Warne purchased tickets for herself and her
“brother,” and saw to it that the rear sections of a sleeping car were secure.
Kate charmed the conductor into keeping the back door of the sleeping car open,
so that her “sick brother” could enter in privacy.
accomplishment, some call Warne a trailblazer for women
who’d later serve as presidential guards and in the Secret Service. Months after “the Baltimore Plot” case,
the Civil War broke out, and Warne was said to have worked as a Union spy on behalf of the Pinkertons.
Unfortunately, the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 destroyed most of Pinkerton’s unpublished
records, so more details of
Warne’s life beyond Pinkerton’s praise-filled remembrances are scarce. He named
her Supervisor of Women Agents so that she could pass on her skills
to new recruits, but her life was cut tragically short in 1868 when she
suddenly fell ill. She was estimated to be just 35 years old when she died.
It was rumored that
Warne and Pinkerton’s close working relationship was also intimate (problematic, since Pinkerton was married),
but whatever scandal that might suggest can’t eclipse the importance of her
work. Surprisingly, she hasn’t had much of a pop-culture presence despite her
incredible story. In 2011, the USA Network announced it was developing a drama about Warne (that never materialized);
a more homespun homage came via author and graphic designer Lauren R.
Silberman’s delightful web comic Kate Warne, Pinkerton Detective, which ran
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