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Band-aids Don’t Fix Bullet Holes or Budgets

What a week in Washington and beyond.

Mohamed Noor was ultimately charged in his alleged slaying of Justine Damond last July. Besides third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges (and a maximum 35 years in prison), the 32-year-old finally earned a termination from the Minneapolis Police Department. Which is interesting, because police chief Janee Harteau was forced out within a month of the incident:

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: July 18: Crime and Punishment

Neither Noor [alliteration or repetition coming up? you decide] nor his partner Matthew Harrity had their body cameras running when Noor allegedly shot Damond across Harrity from the patrol car’s passenger seat.

Harrity (with whom Noor is now court-ordered not to associate) testified to a grand jury last month.

Although the Minnesota police union reported 35 to 40 Minneapolis police officers were initially subpoenaed, apparently no one talked, prompting a grand jury. Noor’s own first conversation with the law was reportedly Tuesday night when he surrendered. The prosecution noticed:

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman blamed stonewalling by the Minneapolis police for the eight-month delay in charging Noor.

“This would have been done a good deal quicker if we had gotten cooperation,” he said at a news conference Tuesday after Noor was charged.

Noor made $400,000 bail Wednesday after a night in jail.

[His attorney Thomas Plunkett is either the Mafia don on the left or the unkempt man on the right.]

Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage director Justin Terrell opined that the Somali-American Noor’s treatment for shooting a white Australian woman is disproportionately punitive and rooted in racism.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman described how Minneapolis Police officer Mohamed Noor reached across his partner's body and shot Justine Ruszczy

Freeman (above, accusatory pointing) was reportedly reluctant to resort to a grand jury because the public detests secret proceedings and, well, police in Minnesota lately racked up multiple high-profile casualties:

Christmas Special: Mohamed Noor and Justine Damond Updates

Speaking of which, somewhat lost in the highly-publicized “March for our Lives” this weekend was the Sacramento police slaughter of 22-year-old Stephon Alonzo Clark, who was reportedly breaking windows. The law cornered the father of two in his grandparents’ backyard and delivered 20 rounds of ammunition when they mistook Clark’s cellphone for a gun.

Stephon Clark was shot and killed by Sacramento Police on Sunday night.

Police released video from their heat-seeking tactical chopper:

We can see Clark enter the yard (the cursor on the screen immerses the pilot in a video game hunting experience)…

…then get dropped by the officers:

There was some disagreement as to whether the officers announced their identities. Because that’s the biggest problem here.

Sacramento police guidelines posted on the department’s website do not specify that officers must identify themselves when encountering suspects. Sacramento police spokeswoman Linda Matthew said she did not believe such a policy existed.

Jim Pasco, executive director of the National Fraternal Order of Police, said that policies for departments vary across the country, but it would be impractical under such circumstances to expect officers to identify themselves.

“If you’re in a chase and everybody’s running, there isn’t a lot of talking back and forth going on,” he said.

According to Capital Public Radio, who have the body cam footage:

The video also confirms that law enforcement and first responders waited more than 5 minutes to approach Clark after the shooting. When they did, they put him in handcuffs before performing medical treatment.

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After several months on the back burner, Trump’s decision to bar transgender Americans from serving in the military has been resurrected, this time with the approval of Defense secretary James “Jim” Mattis.

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg reluctantly provided his first public admission of wrongdoing since he attempted to drum up “empathy” for Hurricane Maria victims with a virtual reality tour of Puerto Rico’s utter destruction last October:

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The overpriced Q-tip (below) is prepared to testify to Congress on the evil workings of Cambridge Analytica.

The short version: a Facebook app offered users to sign away rights to their personal information (and that of online “friends”) to take a personality quiz. That data was used by Cambridge’s right-wing customers to assist in Trump’s election.

[reason notes the same privacy-usurping approach via third-party Facebook app–“Graph API“–successfully sealed Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Because Obama was a Democrat, the ploy was revolutionary, not fascist.]

However, the social media platform apparently pledged to pull the plug on Graph API and disallow further mass collection from millions of unwitting Americans in April 2015. Oops.

Facebook lost $50 billion over the past week.

Zucks admitted to selling out the ignorant masses–and finally offered an apology–via a medium long extinct to all but nostalgic elites and non-internet households: print journalism.

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TSA‘s competence was on full display Friday night when Costa Rican customs found 58 grams of marijuana, edibles, pipes and cannabis oil the crack security squad at Fort Lauderdale International Airport apparently missed in New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon‘s luggage.

[Most of the weed was in a can of Arizona Iced Tea–peach flavor! Given the TSA’s notorious beverage ban at security, Harmon must have checked the suitcase.]

Harmon was shipped back to the states. According to the C’Rican Fiscal Control Police, who were on alert for “spring break” travelers,  “[w]e want to prevent undesirable people from entering the country.”

USP NFL: SUPER BOWL LII-PHILADELPHIA EAGLES VS NEW S FBN USA MN

TSA will reclaim its investigative dominance with a new regulation: forcing passengers to remove electronic tablets from carry-on luggage in addition to laptops. A spokeswoman boasted the new harassment, which was [PUN ALERT] pilot tested in 10 airports last year (and apparently met with little resistance!) is part of “the first broad-scale changes to TSA screening procedures in the security checkpoint in more than 11 years.”

Clearly she forgot the revolutionary “which line do I get to stand in” randomizer app:

Swipe Left for Overfunded Incompetence–UPDATED

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And Congress plowed ahead with its latest spending blitz to meet an appropriations deadline. The damage: $1.3 trillion, which keeps the Feds afloat for six more months.

In the Senate, more Democrats than Republicans voted for Mitch McConnell‘s latest pork-stuffed financial condemnation of the country’s younger generations. Notably, McConnell’s fellow Kentuckian Rand Paul (a “no”) allowed the 65-32 vote without a procedural holdup similar to his protest just a few weeks prior (the last time a temporary, last-second spending patch was scraped together by the cancerous Federal installation that ran out of other people’s money over $21,000,000,000,000 ago).

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Jim Risch (R-ID) (“no”) almost dinged McConnell’s dwindling pride by striking a provision renaming a wildlife refuge after a former political rival of Risch. Priorities.

Idaho GOP Sen. Jim Risch (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

(The rival is reportedly the recently deceased former Democratic Beehive State governor Cecil Andrus.)

But the House had already passed the bill 256-157 (more “no” votes came from the majority party, just like the Senate), and an unnamed member objected to the modification.

(Of note, Congress had a two-week vacation starting Friday evening.)

On Thursday night Paul live-tweeted his attempt to read the 2,200-page bill, which was provided to both houses of Congress about 48 hours before the funding deadline. He reportedly got through 600 pages.

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McConnell heralded the measure as “the end of disproportionate and harmful cuts to Department of Defense funding […] the largest year-on-year increase in defense spending in fifteen years.”

Other reactions included no-voters John Kennedy (R-LA) (“a great dane-sized whiz down the leg of every taxpayer”) and Bob Corker (R-TN) (“one of the most grotesque pieces of legislation I can remember”).

Buried in the bill was a $48.8 million increase in the Senate budget. The House upped their budget by $10.9 million.

 

Thanks to our sources:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/ex-minneapolis-police-officer-charged-justine-damond-killing-makes-bail-n858876

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/feb/16/police-partner-of-justine-damonds-killer-testifies-at-grand-jury

http://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-police-officer-mohamed-noor-turns-himself-in-on-charges-in-justine-damond-killing/477405923/#1

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-police-policy/california-police-shooting-of-unarmed-black-man-forcing-look-at-policies-idUSKBN1H003T

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-police-policy/california-police-shooting-of-unarmed-black-man-forcing-look-at-policies-idUSKBN1H003T

https://www.recode.net/2018/3/21/17149964/facebook-ceo-mark-zuckerberg-congress-data-privacy-cambridge-analytica

Zuck apologizes for Cambridge Analytica scandal with full-page print ad

https://www.necn.com/news/sports/New-England-Patriots-Duron-Harmon-Marijuana-Costa-Rica-477819263.html

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2018/03/24/duron-harmon-marijuana-costa-rica-arrest-detained/455944002/

https://news.co.cr/new-england-patriots-player-duron-harmon-attempts-to-enter-costa-rica-with-marijuana/71750/

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/115-2018/s63

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/379883-senate-approves-13-trillion-spending-bill-sending-to-trump?userid=115887&utm_source=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=14308

House OKs Spending Bill to Fund Government, but 90 Republicans Vote No

http://freebeacon.com/politics/congress-gives-bonus-omnibus/

December Debacle: Stories from the Freezer!!! August 30: Pentagon Plays with Truth

The Department of Defense adjusted the official number of Americans still serving in our longest-ever war, the nation-building of Afghanistan. While the actual number is “classified,” it was revealed to be at least 25 percent higher than the figure of 8,400 our employees previously fed us [our emphasis]:

“The number 11,000 is an approximation. It may be slightly above that, it may be slightly below that, it will certainly vary,” Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, Jr., the director of the Joint Staff [below], told reporters at the Pentagon.

Lieutenant General Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr.JPG

Related:

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The Sky’s the Limit…for Debt

McKenzie further acknowledged the Pentagon lied to the public about this for “six months or so.”

Secretary of Defense James Mattis (who apparently now goes by “Jim”) mentioned to reporters the “very strange accounting procedure” by which the Pentagon discounts troops in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq deployed for less than 120 days from the official tally.

President Trump publicly ordered 4,000 more troops (not included in the 11,000-ish we now know about) into the country earlier this year. Because national security. In June, Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee, “We are not winning in Afghanistan right now, and we will correct this as soon as possible.”

According to Military Times, U.S. involvement peaked in 2010, with about 100,000 deployed. This followed an Obama-authorized “surge” of 33,000 in 2009 to counter al-Qaeda.

According to Associated Press, almost 2,400 Americans have perished in Afghanistan since we invaded following the Twin Towers terrorist attacks of 2001. Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the attacks, was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs in Pakistan–not Afghanistan, where we continue to keep thousands of troops–six years ago.

A “cap” of 8,400 troops in Afghanistan, reportedly set by Obama in 2016, seems to carry just as much weight as our budget “caps.” Or  the Constitutional requirement for the Congress to authorize war.

Thanks to our sources:

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/30/afghanistan-troop-levels-trump-242186

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/338076-us-to-send-about-4000-more-troops-to-afghanistan

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2016/07/06/a-timeline-of-u-s-troop-levels-in-afghanistan-since-2001/

https://apnews.com/b76f5d92b38d429c877564ad9ff9661a/APNewsBreak:-About-4,000-more-US-troops-to-go-to-Afghanistan

 

Summer Part 1: Stories We Shelved!!! March 20, 25, 27–Recent American Military Operations

March 20: Business Insider reported that 1,100 American soldiers would deploy to Poland starting in April.

“This is a mission, not a cycle of training events,” U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Steven Gventer, who heads the battlegroup, told a news conference. “The purpose is to deter aggression in the Baltics and in Poland … We are fully ready to be lethal.”

[our emphasis]

The Americans are part of a NATO force of about 4,000, which will reportedly prevent, if necessary, Vladimir Putin from further invading Poland. Putin “annexed” the Crimea in 2014. The peninsula, according to Wikipedia, is currently run by Russia as Republic of Crimea and a separate “Russian federal city” of Sevastopol.

British, Canadian and German forces will be stationed alongside America.

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Undeterred from his disastrous Yemen strike that killed one American Navy Seal, one American girl (age eight) and many innocent people (estimates vary; Politifact reports “dozens”),  President Trump reportedly gave the CIA authority on March 20 to conduct drone strikes (beyond whatever they’re already doing covertly).

Spring Break Blitz: Stories We Sat On!!! January 29: Two Americans Killed

This seems unwise, given the CIA’s vast web of paramilitary activities in the name of America. And the fact that they personally have already droned at least one American (Warren Weinstein) by accident in January 2015. Italian Giovanni Lo Porto, a fellow hostage of al Qaeda (not ISIS…different terror group we’re bumbling to bomb indiscriminately with hordes of collateral damage) was also destroyed. President Obama said he was sorry.

In expanding the George W. Bush policy of killing from the air, Obama admitted to over 100 civilian casualties outside war zones, and doubled down on the necessity of drones.

Happy Independence Day

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Meanwhile on March 25, the United States admitted they were behind a March 17 assault on ISIS in Mosul that may or may not have destroyed 100 or so citizens accidentally. Oops.

Altaf Musani of the World Health Organization in Iraq said of the wounded referred to hospitals:

“When you take a better look at what those numbers mean, what is worrying for the WHO and aid actors is that roughly 30 percent of the total numbers are women. Roughly 30 percent of that large number are children under 15, and that is deeply concerning because of the capacities needed to treat those wounded coming out of the front lines.”

Iraqi Vice President Osama al-Nujaifi was not pleased. According to Yahoo!, he described the incident as a “humanitarian catastrophe,” blaming the U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and excessive use of force by militarized Federal Police forces. Al-Nujaifi put the number of civilians killed at “hundreds.” He called for an emergency parliament session and an immediate investigation into the incident.

NPR, who provided the above photo of the wreckage, noted that [United States] Central Command said that an initial review of strike data from March 16-23 indicates that “the Coalition struck ISIS fighters and equipment, March 17, in West Mosul at the location corresponding to allegations of civilian casualties.”

[our emphasis]

Part of the difficulty inherent in policing the world (our prerogative because Americans and their military always know what is best for everyone) is that ISIS hides in residential areas, essentially using “human shields” to bait U.S. airstrikes that then kill innocent people, as we have previously reported.

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The Department of Defense tried to spin recent operations as a success, reporting to Fox News that Qari Yasin was killed in a “counter-terrorism airstrike” on March 19.

A US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan on March 19 killed the senior Al Qaeda military commander Qari Yasin, the United States military confirmed (file) 

Image from dailymail.co.uk.

“The death of Qari Yasin is evidence that terrorists who defame Islam and deliberately target innocent people will not escape justice,” said Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.

According to New York Times, Yasin planned the 2008 Islamabad, Pakistan hotel bombing that killed 50 people including two Americans:

 

More than 50 people were killed when a six-wheel dump truck carrying explosives blew up at the entrance of the hotel, which was a prominent meeting place for foreigners and leading Pakistanis. Among the dead were Maj. Rodolfo I. Rodriguez of the United States Air Force and Matthew J. O’Bryant, a cryptologic technician and a third class petty officer in the Navy. More than 260 people were wounded.

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Mr. Yasin was also linked to a 2009 attack in which gunmen using rifles, grenades and rockets assaulted a bus that was transporting the Sri Lanka cricket team in Lahore, Pakistan. Six Pakistani police officers and two civilians were killed, and half a dozen members of the cricket team were wounded, including a British coach. Since then, Pakistan has been forced to play most of its home matches in the United Arab Emirates.

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UPDATE: March 27:

BuzzFeed reported the Pentagon was still combing through 700 videos of the bombing:

“We look through those videos initially” to determine if it achieved the mission, Air Force Col. John Thomas, a CENTCOM spokesman explained, and there was no indication internally that civilians may have died. The videos were taken over the 10-day period before and after the strike, whose exact date still has yet to be determined but took place sometime between March 17-23.

The American military-industrial complex, reigning from the sky, is in complete control and knows exactly what they’re doing. Except when exactly they did it. And what they actually did. Like a hungover frat boy rummaging through his GoPro footage the next morning. “Let’s see how many deaths I was able to cause with my hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars.”

BuzzFeed:

[R]eporters from Rudaw arrived at the strike site and alleged there more than 200 deaths had resulted from the attack [sic].

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The US’s inability to determine the massive damage its strike caused during a key battle against ISIS is the latest example that, short of independent observers on the ground, there is no way to know how many civilians have died because of coalition strikes in the war against the militant group.

An Iraqi firefighter inspects the damage in the Mosul al-Jadida area

 

Local reports put the death toll Monday at 260, which if determined to be caused by a coalition strike, would be the deadliest civilian casualty incident in Iraq since the US invasion of 2003. It is also the third accusation US officials said they were investigating in the past 10 days. The Pentagon is also is trying to determine if civilians died in two strikes in Syria in the last two weeks — at a potential mosque in Jinah, Syria, targeting al Qaeda and a second strike at a school outside of Raqqa that local officials said was being used as a shelter for displaced civilians. In all, the strikes are alleged to have killed more than 350 people.

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Never has the US been accused of killing so many in such a short period of time. According to Airwars.org, there have been 1,000 alleged civilian deaths in Iraq and Syria by coalition airstrikes in the month of March alone, a record high since the US-led coalition’s strikes began.

In addition to the growing accusations of civilian casualties, in recent weeks, the US military has been increasingly opaque about its effort in Iraq and Syria. Last month, the US military moved Marines into Syria as part of a staging effort for the upcoming battle for the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto ISIS capital. The move took place without a public announcement beforehand. On Monday, CENTCOM said it would no longer give figures for future troop deployments in Iraq and Syria, saying it will instead provide rough unit sizes.

“It’s about capabilities not numbers,” Thomas explained.

 You just keep the checks flowing, taxpayers in whose name we shed unconstitutional blood. Don’t worry your pretty little heads over the details.
[T]he alleged deaths have not sparked any outrage in Washington or demands for clarity on how the US deals with civilians in the midst of dense urban spaces. There have been no questions from Capitol Hill about the strike, nor has the White House mentioned it. That may change Tuesday when Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of US Central Command, testifies before the House Armed Services Committee.

 

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On March 29, the Pentagon began a “formal investigation” into the Mosul civilian deaths.

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On April 30, the Pentagon announced American strikes in Syria and Iraq against ISIS have killed 352 civilians since 2014, including 45 between last November and March 2017.

But, Reuters notes:

The military’s official tally is far below those of other outside groups. Monitoring group Airwars said more than 3,000 civilians have been killed by coalition air strikes.

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“We regret the unintentional loss of civilian lives … and express our deepest sympathies to the families and others affected by these strikes,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

All emphasis is ours.

Thanks to our sources:

http://www.businessinsider.com/we-are-fully-ready-to-be-lethal-1100-us-led-troops-to-send-a-message-to-russia-in-poland-2017-3

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-cia-drones-idUSKBN16K2SE?utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_content=58c764eb04d3017e295f885c&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

https://www.yahoo.com/news/iraq-speaker-voices-concern-over-mosul-airstrike-134850280.html

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/25/521489530/u-s-investigating-whether-its-mosul-airstrikes-caused-mass-civilian-casualties?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20170325

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/03/25/us-airstrike-kills-high-profile-terrorist-leader.html

https://www.buzzfeed.com/nancyyoussef/the-us-says-its-finally-watching-700-videos-of-an-airstrike?utm_term=.rkzG6Q7gJ#.qeBbQWvR3

https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-opens-formal-investigation-civilian-deaths-mosul-155636933–politics.html

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2017/mar/01/what-donald-trump-left-out-about-successful-yemen-/

https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-led-fight-isis-killed-352-civilians-pentagon-160256077.html

Spring Break Blitz: Stories We Sat On!!! January 18-20–Anti-Constitution College, Bombing, Government Data Collection, Death and Debt

January 18

Students at Kellogg Community College in Michigan brought a lawsuit against the college, demanding attorney’s fees, damages and a jury trial. Three students were arrested and jailed last September for handing out copies of the U.S. Constitution on campus.

[Watchdog says three students; Detroit News reports only two were jailed.]

According to Detroit News, the collegiate free speech crackdown prompted a federal lawsuit filed against KCC on Wednesday by the Alliance Defending Freedom, representing Young American for Liberty at the Battle Creek college.

KCC students Michelle Gregoire and Brandon Withers were distributing “pocket-sized” copies of the American Constitution for their chapter of [trigger warning] Young Americans for Liberty.

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The “obstruction to education,” per KCC.

School officials ordered the obviously radical and dangerous behavior because Gregoire and Withers, apparently associated with the campus chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, had no permit.

[Apparently Gregoire had difficulty establishing the YAL chapter at KCC to begin with because while administration demanded she have five members minimum, she was also obstructed from approaching students to garner interest. After reserving a Student Center table as instructed for this recruitment, she was still forbidden from approaching or calling out to students.]

The school’s solicitation policy requires students to obtain permission from the school before they engage in expressive activity on campus and only in one location, according to the lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit, the college claimed the subversives were impeding students’ access to education, even though they were not blocking sidewalks, impeding access to buildings, or pursuing students who were not willing to converse.”

 [our emphasis]

 

“Unfortunately, restricting free speech on public university campuses has become the new norm.”

–Cliff Maloney Jr., Executive Director of YAL.

KCC’s administrator who busted up the party allegedly told Gregoire and Withers engaging [students] in conversation on their way to educational places” violated the Solicitation Policy because it was an “obstruction to their education” to ask them questions such as “Do you like freedom and liberty?”

This administrator also, according to the lawsuit, told the YAL members that students from “rural farm areas … might not feel like they have the choice to ignore the question.”

Drew Hutchinson staff photo

[…] [Administrator Drew Hutchinson, above] also allegedly told [Gregoire and Withers] that many students from Calhoun County “are growing up on a farm, or they don’t have Wi-Fi, they don’t have internet, you know it’s a very different situation, they were brought up in a very different manner.” In addition, he tried to suggest they reserve a table and continue their engagement in the Student Center, saying that “if somebody’s uncomfortable with what you guys are talking about, it’s not an impediment to their education,” according to the lawsuit.

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When Gregoire […] and the others said they would not leave, KCC’s chief of public safety arrested them and charged them with trespassing.

[our emphasis]

Withers left, but Gregoire and two others were removed as criminals.

Harold West, the KCC “Public Safety Chief,” told Gregoire when she, Nathan Berning and Isaac Edikaukas [acronym attack] (VP of YAL at MSU down the road) were arrested that Gregoire was forbidden from returning to campus without West’s blessing.

The three reportedly spent seven hours in jail before they could post bond. Charges were dismissed by the county ten days later.

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The United States dropped some bombs on ISIS, with whom we are not at war, at the cost of $8.8 million for a 34-hour run, according to Yahoo! News. Spirit of Pennsylvania and Spirit of Georgia were the B-2 bombers that carried out the attack.

Reuters reported that [m]ore than 80 Islamic State militants, some of whom were believed to be plotting attacks in Europe, died in U.S. air strikes on camps outside the group’s former North African stronghold of Sirte in Libya, the United States said on Thursday.

“These strikes were directed against some of ISIL’s external plotters.”

— outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who used the incorrect acronym “ISIL” for the ISIS, which Obama insists on using even though it is really ISIS.

Carter continued with the following well-reasoned justification for killing the North Africans:

“They certainly are people who … were actively plotting operations in Europe, and may also have been connected with some attacks that have already occurred in Europe.”

No evidence was provided.

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January 19

The CIA unveiled “revised rules for collecting, analyzing and storing information on American citizens,” according to Reuters.

The guidelines were published two days before President elect-Donald Trump is sworn into office and may be changed by the new administration. Trump has said he favors stronger government surveillance powers, including the monitoring of “certain” mosques in the United States.  

It is unclear how the NSA, which currently collects the phone records and emails of every American, every day, will respond to the rival intelligence agency’s move.

The rules can be found here (not a link…copy and paste):

https://www.cia.gov/news-information/press-releases-statements/2017-press-releases-statements/statement-on-updated-EO-12333-procedures.html

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However,

According to Fox News, the expiring Obama administration eased Federal Agency collaboration to collect data on Americans.

On Jan. 3, outgoing Attorney General Loretta Lynch secretly signed an order directing the National Security Agency — America’s 60,000-person-strong domestic spying apparatus — to make available raw spying data to all other federal intelligence agencies, which then can pass it on to their counterparts in foreign countries and in the 50 states upon request. She did so, she claimed, for administrative convenience.

Now, because of the Lynch secret order, revealed by The New York Times late last week, the NSA may share any of its data with any other intelligence agency or law enforcement agency that has an intelligence arm based on — you guessed it — the non-standard of governmental need.

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Los Angeles Times published video of the 2015 fatal shooting of James Hall, 47, by police in Fontana, CA…incidentally, near San Bernardino where Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik slaughtered 14 people, citing ISIS inspiration, in December 2015.

[The attack developed into an extensive debate on security versus privacy, in which the FBI deliberately tampered with an iPhone at the crime scene, attempted to blackmail Apple into creating software to compromise the security of all iPhones, emotionally manipulated the American people with a sappy “open letter” from James Comey, and eventually paid a hacker $1,000,000 to reopen the phone. Reportedly, nothing of any significance was found.]

FBI Rapes More Phones

Mr. Hall first appears playing with the automatic doors of a Chevron convenience store as Fontana police arrive on scene.  Hall appears to knock some food off the shelves, then run to the soda fountain in the corner where he is gunned down.

 

Hall’s family is suing over the 11/22/15 killing, and their lawyers presented the video to the press.

 

 

According to the department’s initial account, police were called after the convenience store’s clerk reported a possible robbery in progress and indicated that the suspect was “armed with a knife.”

Officers arrived […] about 4:15 a.m. Police said Hall had a knife in one hand and a large rock in the other.

Authorities said police tried to coax Hall into surrendering but alleged that he advanced toward officers, prompting the police to shoot.

Hall was reportedly schizophrenic and legally blind.

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And on January 20:

Retired Marine General James Mattis was confirmed to be President Trump’s Defense Secretary. According to CBS News, Mattis, 66, called out Russia as a “principal threat” and called for the military to develop an “integrated strategy” to defeat ISIS.

Multiple sources reported Senator Kristin Gillibrand (D-NY) was the lone dissenting vote.

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Business Insider reported that Obama’s eight-year presidency took the U.S. national debt from $10,699,805,000,000 to $19,970,000,000,000, an increase of 86%.

obama debt

Thanks to our sources:

Student group sues after members arrested for handing out copies of Constitution

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/01/19/andrew-napolitano-attorney-general-loretta-lynch-and-parting-shot-at-personal-freedom.html

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/01/18/kellogg-community-college-lawsuit/96723248/

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-libya-strike-idUSKBN15320U

https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/colossal-price-fly-pair-b-200123999.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-intelligence-idUSKBN15236Z?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2FtopNews+%28News+%2F+US+%2F+Top+News%29

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-fontana-police-video-20170118-story.html

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/james-mattis-confirmed-defense-secretary-confirmation-vote/

https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/heres-much-debt-us-government-111000046.html