Fox News – The FBI is warning law enforcement agencies nationwide that a grand jury’s decision on whether a Missouri police officer will face charges for killing Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, “will likely” lead to attacks on police officers and key infrastructure.
Violence could erupt following the decision whether or not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Brown, a black man, and so-called “hacktivists” could also use the opportunity to launch cyber-attacks against authorities and institutions.
“The announcement of the grand jury’s decision … will likely be exploited by some individuals to justify threats and attacks against law enforcement and critical infrastructure,” the FBI said in a bulletin issued Friday. “This also poses a threat to those civilians engaged in lawful or otherwise constitutionally protected activities.”
There’s no indication an announcement by the grand jury is imminent. The St. Louis County prosecutor has said that he expects the grand jury to reach a decision in mid-to-late November.
The FBI bulletin also stressed the “importance of remaining aware of the protections afforded to the all U.S. persons exercising their First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.”
FBI officials also cited specific tactics that could be utilized by extreme protesters, including violence against state or federal authorities.
“The FBI assesses those infiltrating and exploiting otherwise legitimate public demonstrations with the intent to incite and engage in violence could be armed with bladed weapons or firearms, equipped with tactical gear/gas masks, or bulletproof vests to mitigate law enforcement measures,” the bulletin continued.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard Monday in advance of the grand jury decision. Nixon said the National Guard would assist state and local police as needed in the event of civil unrest.
Fox News – A plan by police in Buffalo, N.Y., to begin confiscating the firearms of legal gun owners within days of their deaths is drawing fire from Second Amendment advocates.
The plan is legal under a longstanding, but rarely enforced state law, but gun rights advocates say, with apologies to onetime NRA spokesman Charlton Heston, it is tantamount to prying firearms – some of which may have substantial monetary or sentimental value – from the cold, dead hands of law-abiding citizens.
“They’re quick to say they’re going to take the guns,” said Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association. “But they don’t tell you the law doesn’t apply to long guns, or that these families can sell [their loved one’s] pistol or apply to keep it.”
King said enforcing the state law is the latest example of authorities targeting law-abiding gun owners, while doing little to secure the streets.
Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derrenda said at a press conference last week that the department will be sending people to collect guns that belong to pistol permit holders who had died so “they don’t end up in the wrong hands.” The department will cross reference pistol permit holders with death records and the guns will be collected when possible, he said.
NRO – Late last week, U.K. counterterrorism police arrested four British men. Unusually, however, these arrests took place over a number of hours and involved armed police. Normally in the U.K., suspects are arrested simultaneously, and by unarmed officers.
This break from standard procedure means that authorities believed that a time-sensitive attack — perhaps involving this weekend’s Remembrance Day ceremonies — was planned, a concern fueled by the recent war-memorial attack in Ottawa.
Then, on Saturday, the Sun newspaper reported that the suspects had intended to use knives to assassinate the Queen of England. According to the Sun, the Queen was to be attacked at a remembrance service on Saturday evening.
Fortunately, Saturday’s ceremony and Sunday’s wreath-laying service in Westminster both concluded without incident. That being said, the apparent plot raises several major concerns.
First, it again proves the narrow precipice between successful intelligence operations and potentially catastrophic attacks. As I’ve explained over the past year, British authorities are gravely concerned by the diverse terrorist threat they face. This is no small issue. Consider the latest plot. While dignitary protection is inherently complicated, U.K. VIP security details are far smaller than those in the United States. This was illustrated a couple of weeks ago when a jogger accidentally ran into British prime minister David Cameron.
With only a few bodyguards available, Cameron was left defenseless as his detail moved to secure the jogger. What might have happened if four attackers had swarmed him simultaneously? With the Queen’s security detail of a similar size, had she been attacked, this Monday afternoon the U.K.’s monarch of nearly 63 years, Queen Elizabeth II, might now be dead. That would be the British equivalent of the Kennedy assassination.
You may have gathered I’m not a big fan of politics or politicians in general.
I’m not crazy about partisan hacks of either stripe. I find repugnancy in both platforms.
To tell you the truth I really don’t care much for the electorate as a whole, nor do I subscribe to the widely held notion that solutions to our problems can be found in a ballot box. Its the process that is flawed. A large percentage of our problems are caused by politicians having to make and sometimes keep their promises. Not to suggest I know of a better process I could recommend, its just that I dont think electing either politician on the ballot will acutely change the path our aging Republic is headed down. The real issues we face are too toxic for the political process to address. They can only address the issues the media is willing to bring to national attention.
… Not much mystery on the local front this go-round. My Congressman (Ralph Hall) lost in the primary after being in office for longer than I’ve been old enough to vote. It was time for him to go based mainly on that fact alone. Cruz and Cornyn will continue to fly first class together on the taxpayer’s dime. And my new Governor will be wheelchair bound.
The only other races I give the slightest shit about are in Mississippi and Kansas where 2 incumbent Republicans have pissed off so many of their constituents by not losing their primaries that enough of them might stay home on Tuesday that Harry Reid remains Majority leader. The drama of self-infliction.
Fox13 – The Utah National Guard confirmed to FOX 13 it has launched an investigation into a risqué swimsuit calendar that may have been shot using its facilities, equipment and personnel without authorization.
Video of buxom models riding around in tanks and firing guns was put out to promote the “Hot Shots 2015″ calendar
“This year we’re shooting the calendar in Utah, in the U.S. of A!” proclaims British model Rosie Jones on the video. “We’ve got loads of tanks, boats, helicopters and, of course, loads of guns!”
Also on the video are people who appear to be members of the Utah National Guard. “Hot Shots” gives a special thanks at the end to “Soldiers of the 19th Special Forces Group.”
Utah National Guard Lt. Col. Steven Fairbourn told FOX 13 that an internal investigation had been initiated to determine if the guard’s “equipment, facilities and personnel” was used in the calendar shoot. In a statement, Fairbourn said there was no approval for the project by the Guard.
Read the statement by the Utah National Guard here:
Are you a West African afraid you might have contracted Ebola?
Most countries would turn you away, but that would be racist, wouldn’t it?
Fear not brother, just jump on a plane and come to my village here in the US.
We’d rather risk you infecting our children than be labeled a racist or xenophobe.
So just get here any way you can and we’ll get you all fixed up with some free world class health care and some civil rights credits for you to spend around town after you’re cured.
American Spectator – Lo and behold, it seems that the media itself has a domestic violence problem. Ten cases discovered at first Google. Which is twice as many, to be specific, as the five cases that have had the media in such a frenzy over domestic violence in the National Football League.
Where are these ten cases to be found? Two cases at ESPN, with the rest spread out over affiliates of ABC, CBS, NBC and, yes, the New York Times. And there are others for television stations not affiliated with the major networks. With all this massive focus on what the Wall Street Journal calls “moral preening” in the media about domestic violence in the NFL — isn’t it a tad curious that the same “moral preening” is absent, that the camera never swings around to the media itself?
Five cases in the NFL have launched this media uproar, accompanied by an abundance of moral posturing. There has been no hesitation to spotlight the players named in those five cases: Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens, Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, Greg Hardy of the Carolina Panthers, Jonathan Dwyer of the Arizona Cardinals, and Ray McDonald of the San Francisco 49ers.
Not satisfied with simply reporting these five cases, the media has used them to paint the entire NFL as a veritable athletic Evil Empire of domestic abuse. Zeroing in like a laser on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and various team owners or coaches as so many major and minor Darth Vaders.
But we find accounts of journalists arrested for domestic violence pop up precisely as they do with the NFL — in isolated accounts across the country. The difference? For some curious reason the media does not take all these stories and tie them together to cast a shadow of doubt and suspicion on the entire media.
So let’s go to Mr. Google for a look at domestic violence in the media. Instead of naming names, I’ll simply give the network involved and provide links to news accounts from the media itself. Names at this point are irrelevant. In the case of the NFL the media likes to insist there is a pattern of abuse, so we’ll focus on the pattern. There’s nothing secret here — no purloined court documents or leaked scoops.
Fox News – The United States, joined by five Arab allies, launched an intense campaign of airstrikes, bombings and cruise-missile attacks against the Islamic State and another militant group in Syria Monday night – marking the first U.S. military intervention in Syria since the start of that country’s civil war in 2011.
U.S. Central Command (Centcom) said in a statement released early Tuesday that 14 Islamic State targets were hit, including the group’s fighters, training camps, headquarters and command-and-control facilities, and armed vehicles. The operation involved a combination of fighter jets, bombers, Predator drones and Tomahawk missiles launched from the Red Sea and Persian Gulf.
“We’re going to do what’s necessary to take the fight to this terrorist group,” President Obama said Tuesday, before traveling to New York for meetings at the U.N. He cautioned that the effort “will take time.”
The strikes in Syria “destroyed or damaged” multiple targets, according to the U.S. military, which reported “all aircraft safely exited the strike areas.”
The mission was not limited to hitting Islamic State positions. Centcom said that U.S. aircraft also struck eight targets associated with another terrorist group called the Khorasan Group, made of up Al Qaeda veterans. Those strikes, near the northwestern Syrian city of Aleppo, targeted training camps, a munitions production facility, a communication building and command-and-control facilities.
Centcom said the Khorasan Group was involved in “imminent attack plotting against the United States and Western interests.”
The military strikes come less than two weeks after Obama, on Sept. 10, authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria as part of a broad campaign to root out the militants. The strikes ostensibly put the United States, for now, on the same side as Bashar Assad, the Syrian strongman whose ouster Obama once sought — though the Assad regime was not involved in Monday’s strikes.
Syria’s Foreign Ministry told the Associated Press that the U.S. informed Syria’s envoy to the U.N. that “strikes will be launched against the terrorist Daesh group in Raqqa.” The statement used an Arabic name to refer to the Islamic State group, which is more commonly known as ISIS or ISIL.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki made clear in a statement Tuesday that the U.S. “did not request the regime’s permission” and had warned the Syrian government “not to engage U.S. aircraft.”
“We did not coordinate our actions with the Syrian government,” she said.
U.S. officials said that the airstrikes began around 8:30 p.m. ET, and were conducted by the U.S., Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. The first wave of strikes finished about 90 minutes later, though the operation was expected to have lasted several hours.
“We believe we hit, largely, everything we were aiming at,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby told Fox News. Kirby said the military made the decision to strike early Monday.
The operation involved 47 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles launched from the USS Arleigh Burke and USS Philippine Sea. Officials told Fox News that B-1 bombers, F-16 and F-18 fighters, and Predator drones were also used. The F-18s flew missions off the USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf.