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THE BLAZE by JASON HOWERTON (MY TWO SENSE: Sawed-off shotguns to be banned along with pressure cookers, nails, beebees, and of course, gun power. Just kidding–so far. JM)


Crime

Store Owner With Shotgun to His Head Thinks of His Kids During Robbery and Gets ‘Really Angry’ — Here’s What He Did Next

A robber armed with a shotgun entered a package store in Irvington, Ala. on Monday and demanded all the cash from the register. The criminal later discovered that he threatened the wrong guy — a father whose kids meant so much to him that he displayed unthinkable bravery when his life was in immediate danger.

The owner of the store, who asked to remain anonymous, said the robbery occurred five minutes before closing time on Monday. He was restocking beer when investigators say 34-year-old Charles Steele entered Sandie’s Beer Wine and Spirits in Irvington, Ala., with a sawed-off shotgun and ordered the owner to give him all the cash from the register.

“He had a shotgun and held it to my head. I saw my life passing by and I thought I wasn’t going to see my kids anymore. That’s why I got really angry. That’s why I went after him,” the store owner told WPMI-TV.

And when he says he “went after him,” he means it. The store owner pulled out his own gun and fired at the robber. He then followed the suspect out of the store and continued to fire at him as he tried to escape in a white Dodge Charger, according to Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran.

“That’s the second time I’ve shot a gun ever in my life and I couldn’t believe that I hit him,” the owner recalled.

The man said he still gets “jittery” every time the door rings at his store. He is apparently considering closing the store over the traumatic incident.

“About 25 minutes later we received a call of one shot down on Two Mile Road. Deputies responded and found the suspect shot once in the torso. He was transported to the hospital. A search of the residence recovered the weapon used and the money seized,” Cochran said.

Police say Steele, the robbery suspect, admitted to robbing the store out of sheer desperation because he lost his job recently.

The store owner, though, rejects that excuse. He told WPMI-TV that he also lost his job a few years ago, but instead of stealing, he got back on his feet the honest way.

“I put all my life savings into this store. I borrowed money from the bank and my parents,” the owner explained. “It’s just been a bit over two years. That’s why we don’t have any employees. I work seven days a week and have two little girls I have to take care of.”

Police found the gun used in the robbery and the money stolen when they searched Steele’s home on Monday. He will be arrested and charged with first degree robbery when he is released from USA Medical Center.

Cochran said charges are unlikely against the store owner because he was defending his life and property, which he has a right to do under the law.

Featured image via shutterstock.com

 

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BREITBART by EZRA DULIS


 

BREITBART

*Live Updates* Boston Police Scanner: Massive Shootout in Watertown, MA

 

 

 

Breitbart News will provide updates on the situation as they occur.

 

PHOTO: A police officer with is weapon drawn conducts a search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, Friday, April 19, 2013, in Watertown, Mass. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

 

 

UPDATE (10:55 AM EDT): “the brothers carjacked a Mercedes SUV and told the driver they were the men behind Monday’s double-blast attack at the race and had just killed a campus security officer, a source told NBC News.”

 

OLD NEWS: This photo started making the rounds yesterday evening—shows suspect, now tentatively ID’d as Tsarnaev, allegedly placing bomb behind 8-year-old Martin Richard, one of the three people killed in Monday’s attack.

 

 

UPDATE (10:47 AM EDT): New York traffic stop getting curious:

 

 

UPDATE (10:44 AM EDT): Terrible.

 

 

UPDATE (10:37 AM EDT): Connecticut government reports Honda of interest “has been recovered in Boston.”

 

PHOTO: Kenmore Square in Boston virtually empty. (Andrew Golden via NBC News)

 

 

UPDATE (10:11 AM EDT): The morning’s intrigue expands into another state.

 

 

UPDATE (10:09 AM EDT): FAA has established a no-fly zone over Watertown, MA.

 

UPDATE (10:07 AM EDT): WCVB TV: UMass Dartmouth is evacuating the dormitory where Tsarnaev lived.

 

PHOTO: Radio host Robin Young tweets out what appears to be a graduation photo of suspect Tsarnaev. [Cropped to remove individual unrelated to case]

 

 

UPDATE (9:42 AM EDT): New York NBC affiliate says car pulled over from previous update has Massachusetts plates.

 

UPDATE (9:38 AM EDT): Wounded officer expected to live.

 

 

MEANWHILE, ON CNN:

 


Credit: Dan McQuade/Twitter

 

UPDATE (9:27 AM EDT): “A law enforcement source told the Globe that an explosive trigger was found on the dead brother’s body at the morgue.”

 

UPDATE (9:22 AM EDT): Situation developing outside Massachusetts. No evidence yet of connection to Boston suspect hunt.

 

 

UPDATE (9:12 AM EDT): LA Times contradicts earlier NBC report that brothers had been in country “legally for about a year.”

 

 

UPDATE (9:09 AM EDT): Twitter users find account referenced by police scanner. Has not tweeted before today, only follows Boston Police account. Many accusations of fakery.

 

UPDATE (9:01 AM EDT): Scanner: “He is posting online, ‘I will kill all of you as you killed my brother.'”

 

PHOTO: FBI releases more recent photo of suspect.

 

 

UPDATE (8:52 AM EDT): Bomb threat being taken very seriously by law enforcement.

 

 

UPDATE (8:49 AM EDT): Reports coming in that police have someone in custody coming out of suspect’s apartment building. One on scene says “nothing to indicate man is suspect.”

 

UPDATE (8:36 AM EDT): I heard about 45 minutes ago on the police scanner something about “blood spots” but wasn’t entirely certain. Seems the LA Times corroborates my (admittedly spotty) hearing.

 

 

UPDATE (8:27 AM EDT): Wounded officer identified.

 

 

UPDATE (8:20 AM EDT): Scanner: suspect at large reportedly wearing “suicide vest.”

 

 

PHOTO: SWAT teams enter a suburban neighborhood to search an apartment for the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, Massachusetts April 19, 2013. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

 


 

UPDATE (8:02 AM EDT): MA Gov. Deval Patrick addressing reporters. Says instructions to stay indoors extend to all of Boston.

 

UPDATE (7:56 AM EDT):

 

 

UPDATE (7:48 AM EDT): Eyewitness says now-dead suspect charged at police, was tackled in overnight gunfight. May have been attempting a suicide bombing, per CNN report of explosives on his person.

 

 

UPDATE (7:46 AM EDT): Police descending on suspect’s apartment.

 

 

UPDATE (7:42 AM EDT): CNN: we “know” brothers suspected of bombing are “Islamic,” “Muslim.”

 

UPDATE: Cambridge area police are clearing is street of suspect’s apartment. “Dangerous scene.”

 

PHOTO: This image provided by the Boston Regional Intelligence Center shows Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. (AP)

 

 

UPDATE (7:19 AM EDT): Globe reporter: police clearing media from area in Cambridge.

 

 

PHOTO: Watertown resident Shawna England tweets this amazing view from her house:

 

 

UPDATE (7:12 AM EDT): WCVB reporter: captured person from last hour not Marathon suspect.

 

UPDATE (7:06 AM EDT): Name given by Associated Press listed among recipients of a $2,500 scholarship for “seniors at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and others pursuing higher education.”

 

UPDATE (7:02 AM EDT): Scanner: pipe bomb detonated in Kenmore Square area (Charles Gate and Comm Ave, near MIT bridge).

 

Police commissioner: controlled detonation by bomb squad.

 

UPDATE (6:57 AM EDT): More school closings.

 

 

UPDATE (6:48 AM EDT): Reddit theory on missing student suffers a heavy blow.

 

 

UPDATE (6:43 AM EDT): AP claims knowledge of suspects’ nation of origin.

 

 

Residents of five Boston suburbs in addition to Watertown advised to stay indoors:

 

 

UPDATE (6:38 AM EDT): Scanner: law enforcement still conducting door-to-door searches. Boston public schools cancel all activities:

 

 

UPDATE (6:34 AM EDT): Emerson College, Suffolk University have also cancelled classes Friday.

 

UPDATE (6:28 AM EDT): Scanner: police on scene sending three photos to ID persons in custody.

 

UPDATE (6:23 AM EDT): Police on scanner have not yet confirmed reported suspect in custody is white cap bombing suspect.

 

SCANNER: SUSPECT IN CUSTODY (6:17 AM EDT)

 

PHOTO: Bus carrying SWAT team. Sean Kelly/WCVB/Twitter

 

 

UPDATE (6:03 AM EDT): Scanner: reports of male—white skin, dark hair, dark backpack—trying to flag down vehicles in Beacon Park for a ride.

 

UPDATE (5:59 AM EDT): “Harvard University is closed due to public safety concerns.”

 

UPDATE (5:51 AM EDT):

 

 

PHOTO: Officials secure an area in Watertown, Mass., Friday, April 19, 2013. Dozens of officers and National Guard members are in Watertown, where television outlets report that gunfire and explosions have been heard. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

 

 

UPDATE (5:45 AM EDT): Scanner: All MBTA trains, subways have been suspended.

 

UPDATE (5:41 AM EDT): Dead suspect’s possible blast wounds could have been caused by worn explosives.

 

 

UPDATE (5:27 AM EDT): At press conference from Beth Israel hospital, doctors say suspect who died had multiple gunshot wounds and evidence of blast wounds from an explosive device.

 

Scanner: police will close down the Arsenal mall in Watertown. Will turn away employees.

 

UPDATE (5:23 AM EDT): MIT has cancelled all Friday classes.

 

UPDATE (5:18 AM EDT): “Law enforcement sources said the suspects have international links and have been in the country legally for about a year,” reports NBC News.

 

NBC’s Pete Williams says that the suspect at large is not believed to be missing student Sunil Tripathi.

 

UPDATE (5:06 AM EDT): Police scanner: bomb sniffing dogs needed from Boston at address of suspicious package near MIT because so many are committed to Watertown.

 

PHOTO: A vehicle carrying officers in tactical gear arrives at the Watertown neighborhood of Boston, Friday, April 19, 2013. Reports of explosives being detonated and police are telling reporters to turn off their cell phones. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

 

 

UPDATE (4:50 AM EDT): Evac for residents of streets where suspects left bombs behind.

 

 

UPDATE (4:45 AM EDT): Suspicious package reported near MIT campus.

 

 

PHOTO: Bomb squad robot in action on site of Watertown shootout.

 

 

UPDATE (4:35 AM EDT): Police scanner: “[Suspect] might have a device on his person if we come across him.”

 

UPDATE (4:29 AM EDT): Boston Globe reports that suspect #2 allegedly robbed a convenience store during the night.

 

UPDATE (4:23 AM EDT): State police press conference on suspect #2: “we believe this to be a terrorist. We believe this to be a man who has come here to kill people.”

 

PHOTO: Boston police have tweeted this photo of the suspect at large.

 

 

UPDATE (4:06 AM EDT): The Boston Police Commissioner says the Boston Marathon bombing suspect wearing a black hat on Monday has died, according to WCVB.

 

UPDATE (4:00 AM EDT): Police are about to begin controlled detonations of devices left by suspects.

 

 

UPDATE (3:45 AM EDT): Police searching door to door.

 

 

UPDATE (3:42 AM EDT): Massacushetts police advise civilians in Watertown to stay indoors.

 

 

UPDATE (3:40 AM EDT): Local news says one suspect may be dead.

 

 

UPDATE (3:37 AM EDT): Officers confirm description of suspect at large over scanner: “White male with a dark complexion or Middle Eastern male with dark curly hair and a gray hoodie.”

 

UPDATE (3:20 AM EDT): 

 

 

UPDATE (3:17 AM EDT): Police chasing down subject with dogs.

 

 

UPDATE (3:15 AM EDT): The New York Times has a report on the shootout full of detail, including descriptions from eyewitness Kitzenburg:

 

The two shooters, he said, had a large and unwieldy bomb. “They lit it, still in the middle of the gunfire, and threw it. But it went 20 yards at most.” It exploded, he said, and one of the two men ran towards the gathered police officers. He was tackled, but it was not clear if he was shot, Mr. Kitzenberg said.

 

UPDATE (3:10 AM EDT): Homeland Security present.

 

 

UPDATE (3:07 AM EDT): Police Public Information Officer talking to reporters. Revises number of suspects accounted for. Gives details on wounded officer.

 

 

UPDATE (3:01 AM EDT): Names of suspects heard over scanner.

 

 

Sunil Tripathi was a philosophy major at Brown University. He disappeared in March.

 

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UPDATE (2:57 AM EDT): Suspect at large described on scanner as “extremely armed and dangerous,” “could have an IED explosive device on him.”

 

UPDATE (2:54 AM EDT): NBC News’ Luke Russert, keeping everything in perspective:

 

 

PHOTO: More images of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects released by FBI slightly less than an hour ago.

 

 

 

 

VIDEO: WCVB has an amateur video capturing the shooting:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_pzCYi_XxeQ

 

UPDATE (2:44 AM EDT): CNN says multiple explosive devices were used against police. Breitbart’s Kerry Picket relays confirmation from locals:

 

 

UPDATE (2:40 AM EDT): Massachusetts State Police say there may be more than two suspects.

 

 

UPDATE (2:37 AM EDT): A reporter for local affiliate WHDH says that one suspect in tonight’s shootout may be dead.

 

UPDATE (2:27 AM EDT): The Boston Globe’s Jennifer Peter links the situation in Watertown to Monday’s Boston marathon bombing.

 

 


 

UPDATE (2:23 AM EDT): Breitbart News’s Kerry Picket, on scene in Watertown, says locals saw the sky lit up during the shootout.

 

 

UPDATE (2:18 AM EDT): Officer asks on scanner whether the suspects used hand guns or “long guns.” Responding officer: “definitely long guns.”

 

UPDATE (2:15 AM EDT): A Boston videographer shows the National Guard is now active in Watertown.

 

 

UPDATE (2:11 AM EDT): All police officers heading to active scenes have been told to power down their cell phones.

 

PHOTO: Police officers keep a man on the ground in Watertown, Massachusetts April 19, 2013 following the shooting of a police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). A police officer for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was shot to death on Thursday night at the school’s Cambridge campus, touching off a manhunt for a suspect or suspects in a community on edge just days after the Boston Marathon bombing. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

 

 

UPDATE (2:04 AM EDT): Boston police are investigating an abandoned SUV at Lincoln and Spruce St., Watertown.

 

CNN says the situation on MIT’s campus is now over and residents can return to their normal routines.

 

 

UPDATE (2:00 AM EDT): Journalism student Taylor Dobbs, currently on the street of the shootout, shows Boston PD is escalating its presence:

 

 

UPDATE (1:58 AM EDT): Mt Auburn Hospital in Cambridge is reportedly Code Black, possibly meaning a bomb threat.

 

The Boston Globe says FBI agents are in Watertown.

 

UPDATE (1:50 AM EDT): Seth Mnookin, a professor at MIT, provides a photo of an arrest made on scene.

 

 

UPDATE (1:46 AM EDT): Jake Tapper of CNN says that the FBI has made its way to MIT’s campus. FBI is not yet involved in Watertown shootout.

 

UPDATE (1:44 AM EDT): Kitzenberg says the suspects have left backpacks in the street and the bomb squad is on scene.

 

 

UPDATE (1:40 AM EDT): Police say the second suspect is not in custody.

 

PHOTO: Suspect’s car outside Kitzenberg’s home. Credit: Andrew Kitzenberg/Twitter

 

 

UPDATE (1:35 AM EDT): Twitter user Andrew Kitzenberg says the gunfight took place on the street outside his home. One police car crashed and all its windows were shot out, he states. Kitzenberg says he heard five minutes of gunfire and says a “pressure cooker bomb” was included in the exchange.

 

UPDATE (1:21 AM EDT): Shortly after a police officer was shot on the campus of MIT in Cambridge Thursday night, several indidivuals heard over the Boston Police scanner that officers received a report of a carjacking by two armed “Middle Eastern men.”

 

State troopers pursued the suspects and engaged in a gunfight in the city of Watertown. Police radio reported use of hand grenades and automatic firearms. One suspect has been captured and is en route to Beth Israel Medical Center. There are currently conflicting reports on whether the second suspect has been captured or not.

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THE BLAZE by LIZ KLIMAS


Technology

What You Need to Know About Filming, Photographing Police in Public

Carlos Miller has been arrested three times for photographing and filming police officers performing public duties. He knows his rights, but in a world where an increasing number of people carry a device with video and picture-taking capabilities everywhere they go, he thinks it’s time for them to learn too.

“I don’t purposefully set out to get arrested. I hate getting arrested,” Miller said in an interview with TheBlaze. “It really screws up your whole night.”

But Miller — who has worked professionally as a print journalist — is willing to stand up for what he believes is his lawful filming of cops in public.

Rights Regarding Filming and Photographing Police Performing Public Duties

This photo was taken by Carlos Miller before he was arrested under various charges, for which he was acquitted, while he was recording the activities of police. (Photo: Carlos Miller/Photography Is Not a Crime Facebook)

Miller began detailing his first arrest in 2007 and trial on a blog. Even after he was acquitted of all charges — except resisting arrest, which he appealed and won — he started getting stories from other people who had trouble with the law while taking photos or filming. The blog Photography Is Not a Crime (PINAC) has continued in the several years since, sharing more of Miller’s stories and those from others.

“We have the First Amendment. We are all now journalists,” he said, explaining how he believes the Internet truly gave citizens “freedom of the press.”

Just last week, TheBlaze reported on a story posted on PINAC where a San Diego man was arrested for filming a citation an officer was writing him for smoking in a public area where it was against the law. When the officer asked to see Adam Pringle’s phone, he refused and the situation escalated from there.

In a video posted of the altercation, the man said several times that it was his right to film the officer. It is an American’s First Amendment right to do so. The ACLU has a guide for photographers regarding their right to film law enforcement activity. This information includes:

  • It is lawful to film/photograph anything that is in plain view. “That includes pictures of federal buildings, transportation facilities, and police. Such photography is a form of public oversight over the government and is important in a free society,” the ACLU states.

  • Recording on private property is another story. Property owners might set their own restrictions, which would then prevent a person from filming or photographing.

  • Police are not legally allowed to delete content on your device.

  • Police can legally order citizens to stop filming or photographing activities if they are interfering with law enforcement’s job.

  • Photographers should be conscious not to break other laws while engaging in such activity.

Rights Regarding Filming and Photographing Police Performing Public Duties

Police officers photographed regrouping after a volley of glass bottles are thrown at them from a group of demonstrators during a march following a vigil held for Kimani “Kiki” Gray in the East Flatbush neighborhood of New York’s Brooklyn borough, Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in New York. According to the NYPD, the teen pointed a .38-caliber revolver at the plainclothes officers, who responded by shooting him to death. (Photo: AP/John Minchillo)

Miller had some more tips of his own.

“You have to work with cops and allow them to to their job,” he said. He also recommended people filming not yell or insult law enforcement.

“Stay quiet,” he said. “Just let the video speak for itself.”

Miller also pointed out how people need to consider how far they are willing to go to fight for their right to film or photograph — if it comes to that.

“You really have to be mentally prepared,” he said. “A lot of times these things happen so suddenly. You don’t expect that you’re going to be arrested.”

How often does law enforcement push back against being filmed? Miller said they seem to be more conscious of what activity is protected under the law now and most are fine with it.

“They’re like ‘OK, take all the photos you want. Take all the video you want, but stand on the side walk,’” Miller explained, noting how breaking other laws like standing in the street and endangering yourself, might get you in trouble with officers.

Buff Harris, a retired law enforcement officer from central Florida, told TheBlaze in an email that he used to take offense to people photographing or filming him on the job, but it became more comfortable as devices that could conduct such recording became more widespread.

“We trained, and I trained, officers to expect to be recorded and everything they did was subject to public opinion/scrutiny,” Harris, who now owns a private investigation company, The Harris Group, wrote. “It was even suggested to wear cameras on our person, which would record every encounter with the public.”

Some cities have been considering such “cops-eye-view” cameras in recent years.

But Harris acknowledged that many officers, especially the seasoned ones, are still opposed to being recorded, becoming agitated and forcing those filming them to move away.

“Personally, I always taught against this practice because you never come out looking professional. I understand and believe you must protect a crime scene and safety off all involved must be taken into account. So at times people must be asked to step back or move out of an area,” Harris wrote.

But why film law enforcement in the first place? Miller said he believes there is a militarization of police in this country and filming can record instances of police brutality.

“If you ever listened to a chase, especially involving a helicopter, you will often hear the pilot or spotter continually reminding all officers (it does make cops mad when people run especially in high speed chases) that the camera is rolling several times especially when they are close to making the apprehension,” Harris wrote. “This is obviously done to warn the officer they are being filmed and if they use excessive force it will be recorded and the media will be able to obtain a copy.”

Miller said although most officers understand the law, they’ve learned how to twist the law in their favor.”

He noted Adam Pringle’s recent case as an example. The police office said he wanted to check Pringle’s’s phone to ensure it wasn’t a firearm or a Taser-like weapon. TheBlaze researched such weapons disguised as cellphones after the event and found there are such items. But Miller said officers have to use common sense. In Pringle’s case, he pointed out how he spoke in the video about how he was receiving a citation. This and other clues, Miller believes, should have tipped off SDPD that the phone wasn’t a weapon.

The blog ExCop-LawStudent — which, as the name implies, is written by a former law enforcement official now in law school — wrote on this topic as well, pointing out how there have been no cases or law review articles in the U.S. regarding cellphones disguised as weapons. He continued:

How many times have the officers used force when a subject reached for his pen to sign a ticket, or produced his driver’s license, or used a cane?

This appears to be solely a case of not wanting to be filmed and using force to stop the filming.

“If they’re so scared that citizens will stun them, then we don’t need those cops,” Miller said.

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WND by GARTH KANT (MY TWO SENSE: Does everyone remember when this information came out? The man in charge of buying weapons and bullets, at the Department of Homeland Security, is preparing for a race war. His agenda? To slaughter as many white people, around the world, as can be slaughtered. No comment has come from Obama, and his talking head, J. Earnest, claims the White House has no knowledge of the bullet-buyer or his website named, War is On the Horizon aka WOH. Happily, that blog is shut down, or so it seems, but it was only taken down after a much longer time than it took Obama to claim Trayvon Martin could have been his son! Most of us didn’t know about this person, or his agenda, but now that we do, what will this Administration do about his call for rioting and waring? Wasn’t the film maker of Innocence of Muslims accused and arrested relative to bogus evidence made up by this Administration? JM)


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Obama admin stonewalling on big ammo buildup

Lawmaker: ‘They refuse to let us know what is going on’

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Members of Congress are demanding the Obama administration explain why it is stockpiling a huge arsenal of ammunition and weapons.

The Department of Homeland Security bought more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition over the last year, as well as thousands of armored vehicles.

Rep. Timothy Huelscamp, R-Kan., wants to know what DHS plans to do with all that firepower, but he can’t get an answer.

A reporter for We Are Change asked Huelscamp at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week why DHS needs weapons of war.

“They have no answer for that question. They refuse to answer to answer that,” Huelscamp said.

“I’ve got a list of questions of various agencies about multiple things. Far from being the most transparent administration in the world, they are the most closed-nature, opaque and they refuse to let us know what is going on, so I don’t have an answer for that. And multiple members of Congress are asking those questions,” he added.

Huelscamp said he plans to apply pressure to get an answer: “It comes down to during the budget process, during the appropriations process, are we willing to hold DHS’s feet to the fire? We’re going to find out. I say we don’t fund them ’til we get an answer.”

Rep. Leonard Lance, R-N.J., also wants answers, and WND has reported that he is demanding an explanation of DHS’s bullet buys from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

“I think Congress should ask the department about both of those issues, and I would like a full explanation as to why that has been done, and I have every confidence that the oversight committee … should ask those questions,” said Lance, adding that he shared a belief “that Congress has a responsibility to ask Secretary Napolitano as to exactly why these purchases have occurred.”

As WND reported, the Department of Homeland Security has argued that it is buying in bulk to save money, explaining it uses as many as 15 million rounds a year for training law enforcement agents.

But the 1.6 billion rounds of ammo would be enough for more than 100 years of training, or, more ominously, enough to fight a war for more than 20 years. It would also be enough to shoot every American more than five times.

Forbes columnist Benko, who worked for two years in the U.S. Department of Energy’s general counsel’s office in its procurement and finance division, doubts the government’s explanation.
“To claim that it’s to ‘get a low price’ for a ridiculously wasteful amount is an argument that could only fool a career civil servant,” he writes.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said she believes the federal government is building an arsenal to prepare for the day the country goes bankrupt. Last month, she wrote on her Facebook page: “If we are going to wet our proverbial pants over 0.3% in annual spending cuts when we’re running up trillion dollar annual deficits, then we’re done. Put a fork in us. We’re finished. We’re going to default eventually and that’s why the feds are stockpiling bullets in case of civil unrest.”

The prospect of civil unrest puts a chilling spin on an ominous remark then-candidate Barack Obama made in a Colorado campaign speech in July 2008.

“We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded,” said then-candidate Obama.

Even the far-left is worried by the feds’ growing power.

WND reported four days ago that Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink, a left-wing “peace and social justice movement” known for its colorful marches and protests, told WABC host Aaron Klein the potential for the Obama administration to abuse its growing domestic police power is “extremely troubling.”

Klein asked Benjamin, author of “Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control,” if she was concerned that military-style drones now authorized to fly over U.S. skies could be used against American citizens, the same question that prompted U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to filibuster in the Senate earlier this month.

“Very much so,” Benjamin replied. “We see a militarization of the U.S. police forces here in the United States, and it’s a very troubling tendency.”

Furthermore, Benjamin charged she was “upset” that liberal Democrats – who might question and fight the federal government’s growing police powers under a Republican administration – “have been very quiet when this is happening under Obama.”

Klein asked if concerns that federal agencies are buying for 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition over the last year meant America is heading toward some sort of military-style control.

“I think the potential is there,” Benjamin replied, “and the fact that 10 years after 9/11 the U.S. is still keeping the American people in the state of fear about terrorism and using that to take billions and billions of our tax dollars to use to set up these kind of facilities and equip our local law-enforcement agencies with military equipment and potentially really be turning us into a society where Big Brother is watching us all the time, I think is extremely troubling.”

The astronomical growth in federal firepower comes at a time when Democratic lawmakers and President Obama are trying to reduce the availability of guns for American citizens, following the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

A law went into effect in the state of New York on Jan. 15 banning so-called assault weapons and limiting ammunition magazines to seven rounds.

Just yesterday, Colorado’s governor signed into law a measure expanding requirements for background checks and another putting a 15-round limit on ammunition magazines.
Gun-rights supporters are fighting back in both states.

The National Rifle Association announced today that it has joined the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association in a lawsuit challenging the New York law.

Sheriffs in Colorado are considering filing suit against that state’s new anti-gun laws.

Weld County Sheriff John Cooke said he and many other county sheriffs “won’t bother enforcing” the new laws, because it would be impossible to keep track of whether gun owners are meeting the new requirements.

He says the laws are “feel-good, knee-jerk reactions that are unenforceable” and would “give a false sense of security.”

As WND reported, similar sentiments have been expressed by Maricopa County Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and sheriffs in Missouri, California, Kansas, Montana and in dozens of counties in several states across the country.

Weld has joined the list of at least 340 sheriffs who have vowed to uphold the Constitution against gun-control measures that violate Americans’ Second Amendment rights.

The sheriffs’ push-back against the gun measures is significant because, “The bills are a model for what they’ll try to push in Congress,” said Independence Institute research director and Denver University law professor Dave Kopel.

“Colorado is a pawn for the Obama-Biden plan,” he added.

That plan is moving forward in Congress, although not even Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid could get Democrats to go along with banning “assault weapons.”

Earlier this week, Reid told Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., that her measure to ban those weapons would not be part of a sweeping bill restricting gun rights. She said Reid decided the ban had little chance of surviving a vote in the Senate.

Feinstein said she will be able to offer the ban as an amendment instead. But AP suggested that by pushing it back to that level, Senate leaders believe it will have a hard time passing.

Feinstein sponsored the 1994 assault weapons ban that expired in 2004. Her current proposal would have banned 157 different types of weapons and ammunition magazines.

All of these gun-control measures have some concerned about outright confiscation of guns.

WND reported three weeks ago that the City Council in Guntersville, Ala. proposed to give police officers the authority to “disarm individuals, if necessary,” during an emergency or crisis. The council quickly backed down after an outcry when the story hit the Internet.

Such blatant grabs for guns are not new in the U.S. Less than a year ago, the Second Amendment Foundation fought a court battle over a North Carolina regulation that banned firearms and ammunition outside the home during any declared emergency, and won.

A provision in a Washington-state gun-control bill that failed in the state House last week was so draconian that even its sponsors backtracked or denied any knowledge of it when they were confronted about it.

As Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat reported, the “Orwellian” measure would allow the county sheriff to inspect the homes of owners of so-called “assault weapons” to ensure the weapons were stored properly.

In the post-Newtown debate, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke speaks for many of the nation’s sheriffs in saying such firearms seizure plans are flat-out unconstitutional and they won’t enforce them.

Authorities confiscated firearms in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Thousands of weapons – legally obtained and owned – were simply grabbed from citizens after New Orleans Police Superintendent P. Edwin Compass III announced, “Only law enforcement are allowed to have weapons.”

In a series of videos, the NRA has documented the stunning weapons grab by police in New Orleans, assembling videos that show them physically taking weapons from individuals, including one woman who was stunned when officers threw her against her kitchen wall because she had a small handgun for self-defense.

The not-to-be-forgotten images, Part 1:

http://www.wnd.com/2013/03/dhs-stonewalling-on-big-ammo-buildup/#ooid=RwdDlrOTrMIqBIWz7zHX1saXSXehbHc3

Part 2:

http://www.wnd.com/2013/03/dhs-stonewalling-on-big-ammo-buildup/#ooid=ZyeDlrOTpLZ3lvDqMEnNLbuYxhjbSBWJ

The police actions – many of the victims describe the gun confiscation as out-and-out theft – left New Orleans’ residents, who had been prepared to stand their ground and defend themselves from thugs and looters running amok, completely defenseless.

WND reported this week a new poll indicated only one in five gun owners would be willing to give up their firearms if the government demanded it.

“In other words, the government has a huge fight on its hands if it tries to implement a gun confiscation program,” said pollster Fritz Wenzel of Wenzel Strategies.

Nearly half of the nation’s households have at least one gun, according to a 2011 Gallup poll. The 2010 U.S. Census counted nearly 115 million households. Since President Obama took office in 2009, more than 65 million background checks have been conducted on gun purchases.

The push to limit the gun-rights of citizens comes as the federal government seeks to expand both its firepower and its reach. WND has reported on growing federal police power across dozens of government agencies for more than a decade and a half.

In 1997, WND exposed the fact that 60,000 federal agents were enforcing more than 3,000 criminal laws. The report prompted Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America to remark: “Good grief, that’s a standing army. … It’s outrageous.”

Also in 1997, as part of an ongoing series on the militarization of the federal government, WND reported armed, “environment crime” cops employed by the Environmental Protection Agency and a federal law enforcement program had trained 325,000 prospective federal police since 1970.

WND also reported on thousands of armed officers in the Inspectors’ General office and a gun-drawn raid on a local flood control center to haul off 40 boxes of paperwork.

WND further reported a plan by then-Delaware Sen. Joe Biden to hire hundreds of armed Hong Kong policemen in dozens of U.S. federal agencies to counter Asian organized crime in America.

In 1999, Farah warned there were more than 80,000 armed federal law enforcement agents, constituting “the virtual standing army over which the Founding Fathers had nightmares.” Today, that number has nearly doubled.

Also in 1999, WND reported plans made for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, to use military and police forces to deal with Y2K.

In 2000, WND CEO Joseph Farah discussed a Justice Department report on the growth of federal police agents under President Clinton, something Farah labeled “the biggest arms buildup in the history of the federal government – and it’s not taking place in the Defense Department.”

A 2001 report warned of a persistent campaign by the Department of the Interior, this time following 9/11, to gain police powers for its agents.

In 2008, WND reported on proposed rules to expand the military’s use inside U.S. borders to prevent “environmental damage” or respond to “special events” and to establish policies for “military support for civilian law enforcement.”

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/03/dhs-stonewalling-on-big-ammo-buildup/#9C7pPXR3ax0m481J.99

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WND by JOHN UNRUH


WND EXCLUSIVE

See police confiscate guns from Americans

From Katrina to Seattle to small-town Alabama, watch the unthinkable

Published: 14 hours ago

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Is it possible – or even imaginable – that in the United States of America, police could go door to door and confiscate citizens’ legally owned firearms?

To many, such a concern is conspiratorial and evidence of paranoia. They might be surprised to learn that not only has outright gun confiscation of legally purchased weapons already occurred in a major way in the U.S., but public officials in some areas are right now attempting to pass legislation to allow more of the same.

Alas, with the national furor over multiple new gun restrictions being proposed by President Obama via “executive action,” in Congress, in state legislatures and in municipalities, the plan being forwarded by officials in Guntersville, Ala., this week drew scarcely a mention in the media.

Mayor Leigh Dollar says that in case of an emergency or crisis, she wants police officers to have the authority to “disarm individuals, if necessary.”

“We are not trying to infringe upon anyone constitutional rights whatsoever,” she says. “It’s just to protect the workers working out there in a disaster.”

The ordinance is up for debate at the city council meeting next week.

Such blatant grabs for guns are not new in the U.S. Less than a year ago, the Second Amendment Foundation fought a court battle over a North Carolina regulation that banned firearms and ammunition outside the home during any declared emergency, and won.

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And just days ago, it was revealed that a provision in a new Washington-state gun-control bill was so draconian that even its sponsors backtracked or denied any knowledge of it when they were confronted about it.

As Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat reported , the “Orwellian” measure would allow the county sheriff to inspect the homes of owners of so-called “assault weapons” to ensure the weapons were stored properly.

In the post-Newtown debate, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke speaks for many of the nation’s sheriffs in saying such firearms seizure plans are flat-out unconstitutional and they won’t enforce them.

“The people in Milwaukee County do not have to worry about me enforcing some sort of order that goes out and collects everybody’s handgun, or rifles, or any kind of firearm and makes them turn them in,” he told radio talker Alex Jones. “The reason is I don’t want to get shot, because I believe that if somebody tried to enforce something of that magnitude, you would see the second coming of an American Revolution, the likes of which would make the first revolution pale by comparison.”

Is such a scenario even imaginable in the United States of America – the scene of officers pounding on your door, or worse yet, inside your home throwing you up against a wall and pounding on you because happen to have a legally owned weapon for self-defense?

Although many Americans don’t know it, that is exactly what happened in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Thousands of weapons – legally obtained and owned – were simply grabbed from citizens after New Orleans Police Superintendent P. Edwin Compass III announced, “Only law enforcement are allowed to have weapons.” Just to make sure the message was loud and clear, the city’s Deputy Police Chief Warren Riley told ABC News: “No one will be able to be armed. We are going to take all the weapons.”

Then they did exactly that.

One man at a post-Katrina meeting assembled in conjunction with the National Rifle Association said, “The bottom line is this. Once they did it, they set a precedent. And what we’ve got to be sure [of] is that the precedent stops here.”

In a series of videos, the NRA has documented the stunning weapons grab by police in New Orleans, assembling videos that show them physically taking weapons from individuals, including one woman who was stunned when officers threw her against her kitchen wall because she had a small handgun for self-defense.

The not-to-be-forgotten images, Part 1:

http://www.wnd.com/2013/02/see-police-confiscate-guns-from-americans/#ooid=RwdDlrOTrMIqBIWz7zHX1saXSXehbHc3

Part 2:

http://www.wnd.com/2013/02/see-police-confiscate-guns-from-americans/#ooid=ZyeDlrOTpLZ3lvDqMEnNLbuYxhjbSBWJ

The police actions – many of the victims describe the gun confiscation as out-and-out theft – left New Orleans’ residents, who had been prepared to stand their ground and defend themselves from thugs and looters running amok, completely defenseless.

Richard Thompson, president of the Thomas More Law Center, told WND such plans “start smacking of a non-The United States of America” and more of “some Third World country.”

The government, he said, appears to want ever more control over people’s lives, which “is crippling the ability of people to defend themselves … in situations like a Hurricane Katrina where the police were nowhere around and people were taking up arms to protect their property.”

He noted that since the U.S. Supreme Court has determined police do not have a constitutional obligation to protect people from crime, self-reliance often can be the key to survival.

Gun confiscation schemes, then, mean “we’re going to have a citizenry that is helpless in the face of lawless people.” And that, said Thompson, is simply unconstitutional.

Herb Titus, a nationally known constitutional attorney and law professor, told WND government’s claim always is that such draconian powers will only be used “in an emergency situation.”

But there are so many “emergencies,” he said, that “all of our rights are in jeopardy.”

“It’s typical of the government to do this, typical of this age. You see the government believes it can make the decision for you better than you can make it for yourself. There’s a lot of this from the Obama administration,” he said.

The result? Government “as our master, rather than servant,” he said.

The danger is great, he added, noting that all the major scourges around the globe – Hitler, Mao, Stalin – started with weapons confiscation from victim populations.

Mathew Staver, chairman of the public interest law firm Liberty Counsel, told WND Americans “should be shocked and rightly concerned” at attempts to ban and confiscate guns.

“This is a significant threat to our freedoms,” he said. “When the government takes away the ability to defend yourself, it crosses the line.”

Recorded testimonies from the NRA videos are stunning, including these statements from law-abiding residents of New Orleans who were subject to the city’s “emergency” gun confiscation:

  • “They didn’t care what your rights were.”

  • “They were drawing down on ME?”

  • “I thought they were going to kill me.”

  • “They really did a number on me,” from Patty Konie, who was thrown against her kitchen wall by police officers taking her handgun.

  • “You’re treated like a criminal and you did nothing wrong,” from Richard Styron.

  • “The took something they didn’t have a right to take.”

NRA officials said on the organization’s video that even after the danger was over, gun owners were not allowed to get their weapons back. Some had been destroyed by police officers; others were taken without an identifying receipt, so the owners had no way to prove their ownership.

Several even had original purchase receipts, but were not allowed to retrieve their guns.

As a result, many of the victims of gun confiscation reported what they called almost “religious conversions” – from being apathetic about the Second Amendment to being strong supporters. One man reported 30 participants in his latest gun training class.

Experts warn the danger is real and current. Just days ago, the United States Army general credited with “restoring” order in post-Katrina New Orleans said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel needs to ask for all the federal help he can get to fight the escalating violence in the Windy City.

Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, who served as the commander of Joint Task Force Katrina in 2005, told WLS-TV in Chicago that similar efforts to those used in New Orleans are needed to restore order in Chicago.

“Well, you know, if we had a natural disaster, the mayor and the governor would be able to ask for a federal declaration and get all the government assistance to house and shelter people, and emergency power,” said Honore.

“We have a similar things happening on the human capital side,” he added. “That is communities that are being exploited by violence where our citizens who spent their lives in these communities are not free. That shouldn’t happen in America. The mayor and governor should ask for federal assistance in all of government. I’m talking about healthcare, educational opportunities, dealing with mental health issues, after school programs, and additional police that should control our streets. This is America.”

When asked by WLS if the National Guard should patrol certain streets of Chicago, Honore stopped short of endorsing the idea.

“I think that the first thing you do is have an expansion of police, bringing in other police officers from cities around Chicago and the state to control the situation and maintain control in the part of the city that has the violence. And surveillance, it’s amazing what happens when you put cameras on every corner. Reinforce the liberties of the people to be able to walk the street so little girls like [15-year-old Hadiaya] Pendleton don’t get shot.”

What about gun confiscation?

Honore said the same measures used in New Orleans are needed in Chicago.

That’s despite a murder death rate in Chicago that’s greater, over the past decade, than the number of American forces who have died in Afghanistan since the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom. And yet the city remains one of the most difficult in the nation in which to buy or possess a firearm.

Outright gun confiscation would not be new to Chicago. In 1994, as the Chicago Tribune reported, special squads of police officers were sent to patrol the hallways and stairways at the Chicago Housing Authority’s Robert Taylor Homes. Then-Mayor Richard Daley said U.S. District Judge Wayne Andersen was allowing systematic, apartment-by-apartment searches by police under certain circumstances. Police Supt. Matt Rodriguez said the “mission teams” of patrol officers, detectives and gang crime specialists also were dispatched to other South Side areas.

Civil rights lawyers argued the warrantless searches and confiscations were blatantly unconstitutional.

Like Wisconsin’s Sheriff Clarke, hundreds of U.S. sheriffs have said they will not participate in gun confiscation, including Collin County Sheriff Terry G. Box, who posted on Facebook, “Neither I nor any of my deputies will participate in the enforcement of laws that violate our precious constitutional rights, including our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.”

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/02/see-police-confiscate-guns-from-americans/#hHP6D4ic4prEfcsY.99

February 27, 2013 Posted by | Home | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

THE NEW YORK TIMES by J. DAVID GOODMAN (My spirits have been lifted! JM)


Photo of Officer Giving Boots to Barefoot Man Warms Hearts Online

By Published: November 28, 2012

On a cold November night in Times Square, Officer Lawrence DePrimo was working a counterterrorism post when he encountered an older, barefooted homeless man. The officer disappeared for a moment, then returned with a new pair of boots, and knelt to help the man put them on.

Jennifer Foster

Officer Lawrence DePrimo bought new boots for a homeless man he encountered in Times Square.

The act of kindness would have gone unnoticed and mostly forgotten, had it not been for a tourist from Arizona.

Her snapshot — taken with her cellphone on Nov. 14 and posted to the New York Police Department’s official Facebook page late Tuesday — has made Officer DePrimo an overnight Internet hero.

By Wednesday evening, the post had been viewed 1.6 million times, and had attracted nearly 275,000 “likes” and more than 16,000 comments — a runaway hit for a Police Department that waded warily onto the social media platform this summer with mostly canned photos of gun seizures, award ceremonies and the police commissioner.

Among all of those posts, the blurry image of Officer DePrimo kneeling to help the shoeless man as he sat on 42nd Street stood out. “This is definitely the most viral,” said Barbara Chen, a spokeswoman for the department who helps manage its Facebook page.

Thousands of people commented on Facebook and Reddit, which linked to the post on Wednesday. Most of them praised Officer DePrimo, yet some suspected that the photograph had been staged. Many debated whether the officer’s actions were representative of police officers in general, or were just unusually exceptional.

“I still have a grudge against law enforcement everywhere,” wrote one commenter on the police Facebook page. “But my respects to that fine officer.”

Officer DePrimo, 25, who joined the department in 2010 and lives with his parents on Long Island, was shocked at the attention. He was not warned before the photo went online; the department had not learned which officer was in the picture until hours later.

The officer, normally assigned to the Sixth Precinct in the West Village, readily recalled the encounter. “It was freezing out and you could see the blisters on the man’s feet,” he said in an interview. “I had two pairs of socks and I was still cold.” They started talking; he found out the man’s shoe size: 12.

As the man walked slowly down Seventh Avenue on his heels, Officer DePrimo went into a Skechers shoe store at about 9:30 p.m. “We were just kind of shocked,” said Jose Cano, 28, a manager working at the store that night. “Most of us are New Yorkers and we just kind of pass by that kind of thing. Especially in this neighborhood.”

Mr. Cano volunteered to give the officer his employee discount to bring down the regular $100 price of the all-weather boots to a little more than $75. The officer has kept the receipt in his vest since then, he said, “to remind me that sometimes people have it worse.”

The photo was taken by Jennifer Foster, a civilian communications director for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona. She said the moment resonated for personal reasons: She remembered as a young girl seeing her father, a 32-year veteran of the Phoenix police force, buy food for a homeless man.

“He squatted down, just like this officer,” she said.

After returning from vacation, she described the picture in an e-mail to the New York Police Department, thinking of it as a sort of a compliment card. She never expected the picture to end up online — “I’m not on Facebook,” she said — but a department official e-mailed her and asked if she would send along the photo so it could be posted.

As for the man he helped, Officer DePrimo never got his name, and he could not be immediately located on Wednesday. “He was the most polite gentleman I had met,” the officer said, adding that the man’s face lit up at the sight of the boots. Officer DePrimo offered him a cup of coffee, but “as soon as the boots were on him, he went on his way, and I just went back to my post.”

 

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