Archive for the ‘“Intelligence”’ Category
Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) has introduced a bill called the Regulatory Agency Demilitarization Act, citing such unsettling developments as a U.S. Department of Agriculture solicitation for submachine guns. 28 House Republicans have joined as sponsors, according to Ryan Lovelace at National Review.
There has already been left-right cooperation on the issue, as witness the unsuccessful Grayson-Amash amendment in June seeking to cut off the military-surplus 1033 program. As both sides come to appreciate some of the common interests at stake in keeping law enforcement as peaceful and proportionate as situations allow, there will be room for more such cooperation.
John Fund cited others in an April report:
Many of the raids [federal paramilitary enforcers] conduct are against harmless, often innocent, Americans who typically are accused of non-violent civil or administrative violations.
Take the case of Kenneth Wright of Stockton, Calif., who was “visited” by a SWAT team from the U.S. Department of Education in June 2011. Agents battered down the door of his home at 6 a.m., dragged him outside in his boxer shorts, and handcuffed him as they put his three children (ages 3, 7, and 11) in a police car for two hours while they searched his home. The raid was allegedly intended to uncover information on Wright’s estranged wife, Michelle, who hadn’t been living with him and was suspected of college financial-aid fraud.
The year before the raid on Wright, a SWAT team from the Food and Drug Administration raided the farm of Dan Allgyer of Lancaster, Pa. His crime was shipping unpasteurized milk across state lines to a cooperative of young women with children in Washington, D.C., called Grass Fed on the Hill. Raw milk can be sold in Pennsylvania, but it is illegal to transport it across state lines. The raid forced Allgyer to close down his business.
Fund goes on to discuss the rise of homeland-security and military-surplus programs that have contributed to the rapid proliferation of SWAT and paramilitary methods in local policing.
Government’s Response To Snowden? Strip 100,000 Potential Whistleblowers Of Their Security Clearances
The government has tried to assess the damage posed by Snowden’s leaks, but so far all it has come up with is vague proclamations that the released have caused grave and exceptional damage to US security and an even vaguer CIA report claiming that a bunch of documents Snowden theoretically has in his possession might severely harm the US if a) they are released and b) they exist.
Charlie Clark at Defense One has a fascinating article on the man tasked with handling the intelligence community’s post-Snowden world.
The man filling that role, or the “NCIX,” as acronym-inclined national security feds call the National Counterintelligence Executive, is Bill Evanina, 47, a former FBI special agent with a counter-terrorism specialty.
Tapped in May 2014 by James Clapper, director of the Office of National Intelligence, Evanina is now immersed in coordinating multi-agency efforts to mitigate the risk of foreign infiltration, assess damage from intelligence leaks and tighten the security clearance process.
This means teaming up with the “‘most transparent administration” to help sniff out and stamp out so-called “insider threats.” This has always been a priority during Obama’s term and its efforts are now being redoubled. On one hand, the ODNI (James Clapper’s office) is dipping its toes in the transparency waters. (But mainly it’s trying to keep from being pushed into the transparency pool by a variety of litigants.) Evanina is working towards the “discussion” of security vs. privacy, but most of his efforts are focused on locking everything down.
When you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail…
The Gateway Pundit can now confirm from two local St. Louis sources that police Officer Darren Wilson suffered facial fractures during his confrontation with deceased 18 year-old Michael Brown. Officer Wilson clearly feared for his life during the incident that led to the shooting death of Brown. This was after Michael Brown and his accomplice Dorian Johnson robbed a local Ferguson convenience store.
Michael Brown robbed a Ferguson convenience store the morning of his death.
Local St. Louis sources said Wilson suffered an “orbital blowout fracture to the eye socket.” This comes from a source within the Prosecuting Attorney’s office and confirmed by the St. Louis County Police.
A blowout fracture is a fracture of one or more of the bones surrounding the eye and is commonly referred to as an orbital floor fracture. (AAPOS)
Officer Darren Wilson left the state of Missouri last week.
More… The St. Louis County Police told reporters after the shooting that the police officer involved suffered facial injuries. He “was hit” and the “side of his face was swollen.”
I would have left the state, too, Officer and never looked back…
The leader of ISIS (a group so vicious al-Qaida has disowned it), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi — was released by U.S. authorities. We released a known Lebanese Hezbollah terrorist named Ali Musa Dadduq who had the blood of five U.S, Army Soldiers on his hands — kidnapped, ritually gutted, and killed. Recently we released five senior Taliban leaders to a Qatar, a country that fully embraces and supports Islamic terrorism — and they will return to Afghanistan next year. And just recently we reported on the Afghan who killed three Marines in their FOB gym who only serve seven-and-a half-years according to an Afghanistan justice system — which means he probably won’t serve any time at all.
At the same time, a young Army Officer sits in Ft. Leavenworth prison with a 20-year sentence, First Lieutenant Clint Lorance. We wrote on Clint’s travails, and for those who would castigate him for his actions, take a walk in his shoes.
1LT Lorance was in a volatile area of Kandahar province and made a decision to engage the enemy based on his experience of their tactics — they were scouting his patrol. However, the insidious rules of engagement resulted in 1LT Lorance being sentenced for murder — which is like handing out speeding tickets at the Daytona 500.
Clint’s mother, Anna Lorance, joins the list of mothers like Vicki Behenna and Jill Tahmooressi who anguish over the unconscionable treatment of their sons. And just compare that to the White House Rose Garden ceremony for the mother of known deserter Bowe Bergdahl — who is still on active duty and may end up with $350,000 in back pay in his bank account.
Imagine the heartbreak of Anna Lorance as her son sits in prison at Ft. Leavenworth for facing the enemy, while Bergdahl roams freely on Ft. Sam Houston for abandoning his post in the same combat zone. That simple comparison should cause anyone to ponder, how did we get so upside down?
1LT Lorance’s legal team has put together a packet requesting his clemency, which was anonymously shared with me. I am humbled that even without an official title, people believe I will fight for them.
In her letter to U.S. Army Major General John Nicholson Jr., Clint’s mother Anna writes about her son,
“It is so sad that because of his leadership, his soldiers did not lose their lives on his watch. He came home and is now called a murderer. But if he would have not made that split second call and he and his men been killed, he would now be called a hero! KIA!”
How did we get to be so upside down? Is our military “punishing” our warriors and their families for not welcoming death and becoming martyrs — as the enemy does so willingly?
The Internal Revenue Service let some contract employees see taxpayers’ private information without ever sending the workers through a required background check, the agency’s internal auditor reported Thursday.
In one instance, the IRS gave a contract printer a computer disk containing 1.4 million taxpayer names, addresses and Social Security numbers, though none of the contract employees had the background investigation required to handle that type of information.
“Allowing contractor employees access to taxpayer data without appropriate background investigations exposes taxpayers to increased risk of fraud and identity theft,” said J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration who led the investigation.
The IRS is already under fire for targeting tea party groups for extra scrutiny of their applications for tax-exempt status, and for lax controls on how the agency handled private data.
From culturally sensitive music to special meals for the lactose intolerant, the organizations the federal government is paying to house and care for the children who have surged across the border illegally are taking pains to make sure they are as comfortable as possible.
Dietitians scrutinize the menus each day to make sure they include enough whole grains but not whole milk. Counselors offer life skills classes in Spanish, and intensive English language training, including use of the Rosetta Stone program. Doctors and dentists treat the children at taxpayers’ expense — often the first medical care of the children’s lives.
The children also are guaranteed phone privileges, including the right to call back to their home countries.
Some facilities go above and beyond. Yolo County, California, which has a grant to house several dozen of the children in its juvenile detention facility, provides an intercom system in each bedroom so children can talk with staff, but the system “also provides the opportunity for youths to listen to music that is sensitive to culture and preference.”
Former Florida Rep. Allen West declared President Obama an Islamist who is intentionally working against the security of the United States.
“The only plausible explanation for many actions taken by President Obama and his administration is that they are working counter to the security of the United States of America,” the former Florida congressman and retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel wrote in the post published Wednesday.
Among six example he gives to back up his point is Obama’s decision to release of five Taliban in exchange for Sgt. Bergdahl in May, providing weapons of support to the Egyptian government led by the Muslim Brotherhood, and negotiating with Hamas.
He also writes at length about Obama’s recent decision to lift a ban on Libyan’s attending U.S. flight schools and studying nuclear science, which had been in place since 1983.
“Can anyone explain what the strategy and objective is here in lifting this ban with a nation that is or should be on the terrorist watch list?” he asks. ”Sorry, but I can only explain this one way: Barack Hussein Obama is an Islamist in his foreign policy perspectives and supports their cause.”
“The pivot away from the Middle East seems to be nothing more than an opportunity to enable Islamists and their goals,” he continues. “Anyone supporting this Libyan ban being lifted is indeed an enemy of this state.”
It would come with almost no warning. Without any immediate signs as to why, the lights go out, cars stop dead, telephones cease to function, everything with a microchip in it fails, and most of it all never works again.
In the wake of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack on the United States, part or all of the country is thrust back into the 1860s but with 10 times the population. The threat is real, it is pressing, and the United States is doing little to address it.
It strikes many Americans as a fanciful prospect, almost cheesy apocalypse porn, to suggest that something as simple as the destruction of the nation’s power grid could thrust the United States into the dark ages. But those who have investigated this prospect are not rolling their eyes to the threat as are so many of the country’s sophisticates.
In The Wall Street Journal opinion pages on Wednesday, former CIA director James Woolsey and CIA veteran and congressional EMP Commission member Peter Vincent Pry warn of the threat posed by an EMP attack on the United States.
The Obama administration is preparing the nation’s schools to accept thousands of new students who illegally crossed the southwest border and are now awaiting trials on their possible deportations.
A fact sheet from the Department of Education sent to states and schools on Monday highlights the children’s right to attend public school.
It says all children in the United States “are entitled to equal access to a public elementary and secondary education, regardless of their or their parents’ actual or perceived national origin, citizenship, or immigration status.”
The prospect of tens of thousands of children mostly from Central American countries attending school as they wait for their immigration status to be decided has the potential to be explosive after this summer’s emotional public debate about the border.
Several Republican governors have blasted the federal government for releasing many of the minors to sponsors in their home states, and protests in which demonstrators blocked buses from delivering immigrants to shelters erupted in June and July.
Now some state officials are worried about the additional costs they’ll endure from educating the children.
“There are many consequences of the federal government’s failure to secure the border and the fiscal impact of educating unaccompanied alien children is certainly one of them,” said Travis Considine, a spokesman for Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R).
Around 63,000 children, mostly from the Central American countries of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, have been apprehended this year trying to cross the border.