Wednesday, August 31, 2016

At least 5 felons among Clinton Foundation donors

At least 5 felons among Clinton Foundation donors

Another list emerges from family-charity scandal

Prison bars
NEW YORK – A list that has been largely ignored by establishment media is the remarkable number of foreign millionaire and billionaire donors to the Clinton Foundation who have been convicted of crimes.
At least five individuals are on the list, including several the Clintons treated as international celebrities at various Clinton Global Initiative annual meetings, even after their criminal convictions.
Some have been convicted of crimes in the United States and are currently serving sentences in federal prisons.
It raises the question of whether or not Hillary Clinton, should she be elected president, would pardon the donors. Or, would President Obama pardon them before he leaves office to spare Clinton the embarrassment?
Now more than ever, Bill and Hill are “Partners in Crime.” Jerome Corsi reveals “The Clintons’ scheme to monetize the White House for personal profit.”
The Clinton Foundation has been under scrutiny during the presidential campaign for allegations that the Clintons have personal profited from the charity and that many prominent donors, particularly foreigners, have given millions of dollars with the expectation it would provide access to the secretary of state.
Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury
The Clinton Foundation donor conviction list headlines with Nigerian-Lebanese industrialist Gilbert Chagoury whose name turned up in an email exchange released by Judicial Watch in which Teneo head Doug Band pressed longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin to put Chagoury in touch with the State Department’s “substance person” on Lebanon.
Gilbert Chagoury
Gilbert Chagoury
Chagoury is also notorious for having been denied entry into the United States last year because of suspected terrorist ties as well as for having been placed on the TSA “no-fly” list in 2010.
Chagoury’s name appears near the top in the 2008 list of more than 200,000 donors to the Clinton Foundation. He contributed between $1 million and $5 million in 2008 and again in 2009. He also pledged $1 billion to the Clinton Global Initiative in 2009.
The Wall Street Journal reported in 2008 that Chagoury contributed to Bill Clinton’s 1996 presidential campaign and to Hillary’s 2004 presidential campaign, and paid “a lucrative speaking fee” to the former president.
“A few weeks later, prior to the 1996 U.S. presidential election, Mr. Chagoury contributed $460,000 to a tax-exempt voter-registration group connected to the Democratic National Committee,” reporter John R. Emshwiller noted in the 2008 Wall Street Journal article. “A 1997 Washington Post article said that Mr. Chagoury subsequently received an invitation to a White House dinner for Democratic Party supporters. He also met with Clinton administration officials on Nigeria and later talked privately about his efforts to influence U.S. policy toward that country, says a person familiar with the matter.”
In 2000, according to a PBS Frontline report, Chagoury was convicted in Geneva, Switzerland, of laundering money and aiding a criminal organization with the billions stolen from Nigeria during the rule of the late dictator Sani Abachi. Chagoury’s criminal record was expunged after he paid a fine.
In 2015, Sen. David Vitter, R-La., one of two U.S. senators to vote against Clinton’s confirmation as secretary of state, produced evidence that shows Clinton Foundation employees who worked for the State Department were directly involved with the decision to avoid labeling Boko Haram a terrorist group, according to a Judicial Watch report dated May 6, 2015.
“Boko Haram is the same group that kidnapped over 200 female students from Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria, just over a year ago. Clinton, the self-described champion of women’s rights, was first presented with reports highlighting Boko Haram’s aggressive posture back in 2010,” the Judicial Watch report noted. “Yet, the State Department did not officially designate the group as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) until December 2013. During that time, Boko Haram gained significant footing at the expense of vulnerable populations.”
Indian entrepreneurs Rajat Gupta and Raj Rajaratnam
On Jan. 26, 2001, six days after Bill Clinton left the White House, on the day India was celebrating its 52nd Republic Day, the western part of the nation suffered one of the worst earthquakes in history, killing more than 19,727 people and injuring 166,000, with property damage estimated at more than $4.5 billion. Registering a massive 7.9 on the Richter scale, the Gujarat state of India suffered more than 500 aftershocks, lasting until March and destroying 20 out of the 25 districts in Gujarat, according to the Indian Metrology Department.
As covered in the WND book “Partners in Crime: The Clintons’ Scheme to Monetize the White House,” one week after the earthquake, Bill Clinton mobilized the Clinton Foundation to form the American Indian Foundation, with a board of directors chaired by Rajat Gupta, senior partner of McKinsey and Company, with Raj Rajaratnam, a prominent New York hedge fund manager.
Michael Rothfeld of the Wall Street Journal reported in 2012 that stbeginning around 2003, Gupta and Rajaratnam began investing millions of dollars together in financial vehicles related to Rajartanam’s hedge fund Galleon Group and in an Asia-focused private-equity fund Gupta had helped to start.
In the ensuing years, Gupta leaked to Rajaratnam inside information, both because of their friendship and business dealings, according to information prosecutors developed. Prosecutors alleged Gupta became a “secret pipeline” to Rajaratnam from 2007 until early 2009 for inside information on the boards of Goldman and Proctor & Gamble Co.
He provided advance tips about, among other things, a $5 billion investment in Goldman by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. at the height of the financial crisis and the investment bank’s first quarterly loss as a public company.
For their involvement in the Galleon inside trading scandal, both Rajaratnam and Gupta are in federal prison. Rajaratnam was forced to pay a criminal and civil penalty of over $150 million and sentenced to 11 years in a federal prison, while Gupta was fined $5 million and sentenced to two years in federal prison.
“Before his arrest, Gupta was a top player in Democratic circles with close personal ties to the Clintons,” reporter Bill McMorris wrote in a Washington Free Beacon article published in April 2015. “He served as global managing director of consulting giant McKinsey & Company from 1994 to 2003 before the company’s board removed him from the position and reduced his role to senior partner. On his way out the door he presented a 23-year-old Oxford graduate (namely, Chelsea Clinton) with no experience.”
Federal Election Commission records show Rajaratnam contributed to Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign in 2005 and to her presidential campaign in 2008. In 2009, Rajaratnam and his wife gave a total of $118,000 to Democratic Party candidates, including to Chuck Schumer and Barack Obama, as well as to Hillary Clinton. After Clinton dropped out of the 2008 presidential campaign, Rajaratnam switched over to contributing to Obama.
Indian restaurateur and hotelier Singh Chatwal
Sant Singh Chatwal, known for moving to New York in 1979 where he built Bombay Palace into a chain of Indian restaurants, is another Clinton Foundation donor who was sentenced to federal prison.

Singh Chatwal and Bill Clinton
In May 2001, in one of his many trips to India with Bill Clinton, Chatwal, who then reportedly owed $22 million to three banks owned by the government of India, was arrested by authorities and charged with defrauding the New York City branch of the Bank of India out of $9 million he borrowed in 1994.
According to a New York Daily News article published in November 2002, Chatwal posted bail equivalent to $32,000 then fled to India, boarding a flight to Vienna despite an attempt by authorities to detain him.
The year before – after Chatwal paid a $125,000 federal government fine to settle the charges in 2000 that he owed governments, banks and creditors tens of millions of dollars – Bill and Hillary Clinton attended the wedding of Chatwal’s youngest son, Vivek, at the posh Tavern on the Green in New York City’s Central Park.
Beginning on page 62 of his book “Clinton Cash,” Peter Schweizer detailed the relationship that began when Chatwal first raised money for the Clintons, starting with Bill Clinton’s 1996 presidential run and continuing through Hillary’s run for the Senate in 2000.
“By the time Bill left the Oval Office in 2001, Chatwal was firmly in the Clintons’ inner circle,” Schweizer wrote. “Bill appointed him a trustee for the Clinton Foundation, an appointment reserved only for long-time friends and large financial benefactors. Chatwal had lavished money on the Clintons, including hundreds of thousands in soft-money donations and millions in campaign funds raised, and he continued his largesse once Bill was a private citizen.”
Schweizer pointed out that Chatwal helped arrange for millions of dollars in lucrative speaking fees for the former president, while he steered additional millions to the Clinton Foundation.
“When Hillary ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2007, [Chatwal] was cochair of her presidential exploratory committee,” Schweizer noted. “He even received that most prized of gifts in the Clinton universe: an invitation to attend Chelsea’s wedding.”
In 2007-2008, Chatwal raised about $100,000 for Hillary Clinton’s first presidential campaign.
The problem was that Chatwal raised money by engineering a massive and blatant violation of federal election laws in which he illegally reimbursed donors for their contributions in an elaborate straw-donor scheme.
In April 2014, Stephanie Clifford and Russ Buettner reported in the New York Times that Chatwal had pleaded guilty in federal court in Brooklyn to violations of federal campaign contribution laws.
In federal court, Chatwal admitted he had funneled more than $180,000 in illegal contributions between 2007 and 2011 for three Democratic Party federal candidates, including Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.
Noting that Chatwal, in addition to his other legal problems in the United States and India, had filed for bankruptcy twice and owes millions in back taxes to the IRS and the state of New York estimated at $30 million, the New York Times article observed Chatwal was a “regular” at the Clinton Global Initiative.
In December 2014, Stephanie Clifford reported in the New York Times that Judge I. Leo Glasser of Federal District Court in Brooklyn sentenced Chatwal to three years of probation, a fine of $500,000 and 1,000 hours of community service.
Indian entrepreneur Vinod Gupta
Vinod Gupta, who is not related to Rajat Gupta, collaborated with Rajat Gupta in forming American Indian Foundation and was an early AIF board member.

Bill Clinton and Vinod Gupta
Vinod Gupta, CEO of InfoUSA, was charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission with misappropriating almost $9.5 million in company funds to support his lavish lifestyle, causing the company to enter into $9.3 million of undisclosed business transactions between InfoUSA and other companies in which he had a personal stake. Vinod Gupta was ultimately forced to pay back the money to the company.
In 2010, Vinod Gupta stepped down as chairman and CEO of InfoGroup Inc. after agreeing to pay more than $7.3 million to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission allegations that he improperly used the company “as a piggy bank.”
Jonathan Allen, reporting in Bloomberg News in January 2015 that Hillary Clinton flew from White Plains, New York, to Washington to pick up top aide Huma Abedin on the way to Charleston, South Carolina, on December 30, 2005, according to records kept by the Senate.
“They rode aboard InfoUSA’s jet, which company founder Vinod Gupta, a close family friend, often used to transport and entertain the Clintons and other recognizable figures, according to court filings. Hillary Clinton billed the Senate for $858 to fly on his company’s plane,” Allen wrote.
“Bill Clinton made more than $3 million as an adviser to InfoUSA after leaving the White House in January 2001 and also was given options on 100,000 shares of stock, which were never exercised,” Allen continued. “In 2010, Gupta paid a $7.4 million settlement after the Securities and Exchange Commission charged him with misappropriating company funds, and he later paid a larger sum to settle a shareholder suit.”
Bill McMorris, writing in the Washington Free Beacon in April 2015, reported Rajat Gupta “presented Bill Clinton with an opportunity to cash in on their relationship” in 2001. The deal was secretly engineered by Gupta and Anil Kumar, a McKinsey consultant who later testified against Gupta in the criminal trial in which Gupta was found guilty of insider trading with Rajaratnam’s Galleon hedge fund. Gupta and Kumar set up their own consulting company, Mindspirit LLC, in the names of their wives, Anita Gupta and Malvika Kumar, without disclosing to McKinsey their ownership of the consultancy.
For advice Mindspirit gave Vinod Gupta in his role as CEO of InfoGroup, InfoGroup compensated Mindspirit with 200,000 stock options that Rajat Gupta and Anil Kumar exercised for an undisclosed amount. According to an SEC filing that exposed the scam, Bill Clinton, the honorary chairman of the American India Fund, was granted 100,000 InfoGroup stock options that Clinton claimed he never exercised.
Additionally, McMorris reported, Clinton received $3.3 million from 2002 through 2008 for advising Vinod Gupta, during which time Clinton got the free personal use of Gupta’s InfoGroup corporate jets for the entire Clinton family.
The SEC complaint against Vinod Gupta noted: “Former President Clinton and his family, and other prominent individuals made improper, personal use of the Company’s private jets, and Vinod Gupta did not reimburse the Company, The consulting agreements executed between the Company and former President Clinton in 2002 and 2005 were without any consideration to the Company, and the agreements were arranged without Board or Committee approval.”
Despite Vinod Gupta having to pay back $9.3 million to InfoUSA and $7.3 million to settle the SEC suit against him, he still managed to contribute between $1 million and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation, with his most recent contribution being in 2014, as reported by McMorris.
Now more than ever, Bill and Hill are “Partners in Crime.” Jerome Corsi reveals “The Clintons’ scheme to monetize the White House for personal profit.”

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

10 Martial Law Survival Tactics You Need to Know Now

10 Martial Law Survival Tactics You Need to Know Now

Imagine waking up to find the world in chaos. Looting and riots spread like wildfire, while police and military gun down civilians in the streets. The power grid is down and there’s no telling if it’s ever coming back. Rape and murder spiral out of control as society collapses around you. Everything you’ve come to rely on is gone.
Do you have what it takes to protect your family from the scum of humanity?
This isn’t a Mad Max movie. It’s the very real threat of martial law. If you’ve been paying attention to recent events, you know it’s only a matter of time before our government turns against us. Even though we live in relative comfort and safety, the truth is the world around us is a very unstable place.

The current political divide between conservatives and liberals threatens to destabilize America. Corporations and corrupt government have brought us to the brink of class war. The mistrust of police and authority causes riots in the streets and only gets worse as the number of cops and civilian deaths increase. Our monetary system is connected to the rest of the world but, just like England, who’s to say that the next president won’t pass a law that sends the US economy into the stone age? Even if none of these things come to pass, the fact is the bubble we currently live in cannot hold out forever. With the retirement of the baby boomer generation, America is going to find itself financially bankrupt. When that day comes, you’re going to find yourself in the middle of a situation you can’t control. Regardless of how much you have prepared for it, you’re going to have to make some tough decisions. If you want to survive, you’re going to need a plan. So what is the first thing you should do?


Stock Up on Food and Water (Well Ahead of Time)

Just like in a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, store shelves will be emptied in a matter of hours! Make sure you have plenty of food and water stocked and stored long at all times! (At least 3 days’ worth of food should always be on hand.) Water is particularly valuable as it is the first thing that will run out of in an emergency. Following a disaster, your regular water source could be cut off or contaminated, so it is vital that you secure as much clean water as possible. The average person needs about 1 gallon of water a day for drinking and an additional 2 gallons for proper sanitation. You need twice as much if you live in a hot climate. You won’t have time to gather supplies in an emergency and everyone else will have the same idea, so again, stock up long before a disaster hits! 

If you do find yourself caught without something you know you’ll need, I recommend sticking to gas stations and avoiding large stores like Walmart. Remember, credit card machines may be down during a crisis, so it’s always a good idea to carry cash… and be prepared to pay extra for supplies (the law of supply and demand goes into overdrive in a crisis.)
If it’s too dangerous to leave your house, fill up your bathtub to use as drinking water later. Once you have as much food and water as you’re going to get, its best to hunker down and play it safe until you can assess the situation.


Avoid Authority At All Costs

With riots and looting happening around you, the last thing you want to do is confront police or the military. Unless your life is directly at risk you should stay indoors and avoid being in any situation where you might be dealt with by authorities. Once the violence starts, you’re just as likely to be shot down in the street as the rioters next to you. The authorities are only concerned with their own safety and won’t think twice about murdering you if they think their lives are in danger. Police and national guard have been ready for martial law since 9/11 and are trained to view all civilians as the enemy. If possible, avoid them at all cost. If you’re held at gunpoint by the authorities do whatever they say. Any sign of resistance will get you killed.


Stay Informed

The best thing you can do in a crisis situation is to know exactly what’s happening around you. In today’s digital age we have access to the latest information at the touch of a button, but we take for granted how much we rely on it. If the government has resorted to martial law, there is a good chance they will shut off cell towers to try and contain the situation. Television can also become useless if the power grid goes down. Your best bet is a wind up radio to pick up AM and FM stations. This will become increasingly important if you decide you have to leave your house and flee the city.
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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

This is the most important question you have to ask yourself. The safest place for you and your family is inside your house with the lights out. But what if you can no longer stay in your home? Running out of food or water is one of the worst things that can happen to you under martial law. Don’t wait until it’s too late to make a plan. Know how many days you can stay in one spot and have a backup location ready in case you have to leave in a hurry. Just because it’s your home doesn’t mean you have to die for it. Always be prepared to leave.

Run for the Hills?

If you run out of supplies or find your location is no longer safe, you’re better off bugging out. If you live in a major city it’s in your best interest to flee to the outskirts or just head out into the surrounding countryside. The problem with leaving the city is that new supplies will be harder to find. On the other hand, you will generally be safer outside any city limits and away from the chaos. This is where any survival skills will come in handy. Be prepared to live off the grid in a tent and forage for food and water. If you live in a super dense populated area, like the east coast, be prepared to keep traveling for a while.

Ditch Your Car

If you live in a major city and you decide to leave, you’re probably not alone. In a crisis situation the roads will fill up and come to a standstill almost immediately. Have an exit planned that stays away from major highways and intersections. Be prepared to abandon your vehicle and proceed on foot or bicycle if necessary. Although it is not preferred if you have a lot of supplies, this might be the only way to get your family out of danger. Bicycles might seem like a slow option when you are fleeing for your life, but you are much safer than being trapped on the highway with everybody else.

Arm Yourself

Whether fleeing an emergency or scouting for supplies, it is in your best interest to carry a weapon for defense. You never know what sort of situation you will be walking into and should be prepared for the worst.
Once society breaks down it will be every man, woman, and child for themselves. Don’t be a victim of society — protect yourself and your loved ones. I recommend a good hunting rifle for protection as well as a means to feed yourself should supplies run low.
Make sure that you don’t just OWN your weapon, make sure that you have the proper training with your firearm. You need to understand it, know exactly how to use it, how to clean it, and how to fix it if it breaks. I can’t stress that enough!

Safety In Numbers

Even without weapons, the safest thing you can do is be part of a group. Being on your own might feel safer in the short run, but long term you’re going to need people you can count on to protect you and ease your burden.

In a survival situation you’re safer having other people with you, but it’s important to choose the right group. A mob of people all working together can get more accomplished but are harder to control.
Be wary of groups that make poor survival choices that can get you killed. If they won’t listen to you, don’t hesitate to leave them behind.

Long Term Plans

If the government does decide to enact widespread martial law against its citizens, there is no telling how long it will last. It could go on for days, weeks, or even longer. Would you have what it takes to endure the harsh realities of life after the government has lost control? How does someone prepare for a widespread collapse of banks and the economy? The best way is to learn from the past. After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, its citizens went through a similar ordeal.
After the fall, most people stopped going to work because they were no longer being paid. The banks collapsed and everyone lost their savings. In order to not starve, families were forced to work on farms and barter their possessions for bread. After the collapse, crime became an ever present threat and it was no longer safe to leave one’s house.
Martial Law in Russia in 1991. (Image via)
Martial Law in Russia in 1991. (Image via)
A lot of the population could not handle the sudden change from a secure existence to that of no work and no hope for the future. Drugs and alcohol became prevalent in society and the average lifespan went way down. Their currency became nearly worthless and jobs that paid in foreign currency were desperately sought after. Corruption set in and the average citizen found themselves forced to pay for protection from street gangs and ex-law enforcement.
This is a worst case scenario but its lessons are clear: you should learn to grow your own food and practice it daily. You should keep a small amount of money out of the bank in case of a banking failure, and if you’re going to buy any future possessions, make sure they will retain value if you have to trade them for something down the line.

Be Prepared

The number one way to survive martial law is to be prepared. Grow your own food, stock up on canned goods and learn the skills necessary to provide for yourself in the wild. Have a bugout bag ready and make plans for every type of disaster you can think of. Knowledge is the ultimate preparation for anything life can throw at you. Learning from the past and staying informed are your best weapons in the world we live in. Don’t trust authority to keep you and your loved ones safe, trust yourself.
Imagine waking up to find yourself prepared for martial law and not panicking because you have a plan. Instead of loading up the car and jumping on the highway you quietly bide your time until it’s safe to leave your home. You stay away from any authorities until you find somewhere safe where you can live off the land. Martial law is coming and when it does you will have to be strong.  With the way society is heading… Martial Law is not a matter of if… It’s a matter of when…  And when it all comes crashing down, how well off will you be? Will you be left scrambling in the streets or will you be calm, collected, and well on your way to safety?

What do you think?  Do you have any other recommendations to survive martial law?  What would you do differently?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Ann Coulter on Khizr Khan: ‘We’re all going to be living under Sharia law if this guy has his way’

Ann Coulter on Khizr Khan: ‘We’re all going to be living under Sharia law if this guy has his way’

Michael Walsh 13 hours ago
Donald Trump may regret some of his recent public comments that have “caused personal pain.” But conservative commentator Ann Coulter, author of a new book boosting Donald Trump’s candidacy, is refusing to back down from her attacks on the father of a fallen Muslim American soldier. Indeed, Coulter accused the father of wanting Sharia to be enforced in the U.S.
She had taken issue with Khizr Khan’s speech at the Democratic National Convention last month when he waved his pocket copy of the U.S. Constitution and implored the Republican presidential candidate to read it.
At the time, Coulter, a political provocateur, fired off a tweet criticizing the Gold Star father — who lost his son Humayun Khan in the Iraq War — as an “angry Muslim with a thick accent.”
On Monday, Yahoo News Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff asked Coulter if she regretted anything about the tweet, other than misspelling journalist Fareed Zakaria’s last name in a comparison to Khan.
“Oh no! I love that tweet!” she replied.
Coulter said she sent that tweet while exercising on the elliptical machine and watching the “angry Muslim speak.”
“To have this angry Muslim standing with his hajjib-wearing wife — saying nothing — haranguing us, telling us lies about our Constitution,” she continued. “You know, what he should’ve been doing was waving Sharia law and telling Americans to read it instead of telling Trump to read the Constitution, because we’re all going to be living under Sharia law if this guy has his way.”
Despite Coulter’s claim, Khan previously told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, “I do not stand for any Sharia law because there is no such thing.”
In a different tweet, Coulter was critical of Ghazala Khan for standing silently beside her husband while he spoke. The comment echoed Donald Trump’s own reaction to the speech — implying that a strict form of Islam kept her from speaking. At the time, Ghazala Khan responded to Trump by saying she was too overwhelmed with emotion over her son’s death to address the convention crowd.
Isikoff asked if it was appropriate way to discuss a woman who lost her son fighting for the United States.
“This is the way to talk about someone haranguing us about an important public policy. If Democrats want to make that argument, send out someone I can’t attack,” she said.
Coulter accused Democrats of having a habit of using victims as “human shields” who are beyond criticism. She argued that Democratic politicians such as Tim Kaine or John Kerry should have been tapped to give the convention speech attacking Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S.
“What, are they going send out an orphan whose parents had just been murdered [sic] in a horrible auto accident to present their tax plan?” Coulter asked.

After Being Shamed by Trump, Louisiana’s Dem Governor STUNS America By Announcing THIS

After Being Shamed by Trump, Louisiana’s Dem Governor STUNS America By Announcing THIS

Liberals have been slamming Trump over his visit to Louisiana while conservatives have been calling it the most brilliant move of the election. Oddly enough, those closest to Trump insist it was not a political move, just Trump showing an interest in American people under duress.
One of the most outspoken against his visit was Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards, who said he did not want Trump using the floods as a Photo Op. Today, he was forced to eat his words and admit Trump’s visit was actually “helpful,” via CNN.

Edwards may now find himself facing the wrath of both Hillary and Obama, as he further stated, “I also appreciated the good phone call, the conversation that I had with Gov. Pence, who was since and genuine when he called, and we spoke for a long time on Friday morning about their desire to be helpful.”
You see, this cuts both Hillary and Obama off at the knees because you know they want to say Trump was just getting in the way and using it to promote his campaign.
Instead, what voters will now hear is, “Because it helped to shine a spotlight on Louisiana and on the dire situation that we have here… it was helpful.”
Edwards did not completely sell out Obama, though, as he insisted he told Obama to stay away until the initial first response stage was over and that he would be there next week.
Unlike Katrina, when Obama shredded Bush for merely flying over the area, it was obviously safe to be the ground, as both Trump and Pence proved.
The people of this country, more specifically liberals, got a real taste of the true difference between Hillary and Trump.
Hillary talks a great game, but she never delivers anything other than cash to her coffers, much like the Dems have been doing for decades.
Trump actually did something for the people he represents, or wants to represent.
Oh, and Obama, he played a couple of rounds of golf and hosted a party for serial rapist Bill Clinton’s 70th Birthday.
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Southern Command Warns Sunni Extremists Infiltrating From South

Southern Command Warns Sunni Extremists Infiltrating From South

Islamists freely cross U.S. border with help of S. American alien smugglers

A Mexican soldier patrols along the U.S.-Mexico border wall on the outskirts of Nogales, Mexico
A Mexican soldier patrols along the U.S.-Mexico border wall on the outskirts of Nogales, Mexico / AP

Sunni extremists are infiltrating the United States with the help of alien smugglers in South America and are crossing U.S. borders with ease, according to a U.S. South Command intelligence report.
The Command’s J-2 intelligence directorate reported recently in internal channels that “special interest aliens” are working with a known alien smuggling network in Latin America to reach the United States. The smuggling network was not identified.
Army Col. Lisa A. Garcia, a Southcom spokeswoman, did not address the intelligence report directly but said Sunni terrorist infiltration is a security concern.
“Networks that specialize in smuggling individuals from regions of terrorist concern, mainly from the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, the Middle East, and East Africa, are indeed a concern for Southcom and other interagency security partners who support our country’s national security,” Garcia told the Washington Free Beacon.
“There are major hubs that serve as entry points into the region for migrants from those areas of concern attempting to enter the U.S. along our border with Mexico,” she said.
The infiltrators from terrorist states and unstable regions exploit vulnerabilities in commercial transportation systems and immigration enforcement agencies in some of the countries used for transit, Garcia said.
“In 2015, we saw a total of 331,000 migrants enter the southwestern border between the U.S. and Mexico, of that we estimate more than 30,000 of those were from countries of terrorist concern,” she said.
Another problem in dealing with migrants from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia is a lack of information among the governments of the countries used by potential terrorists for transit.
The exploitation of alien smuggling networks by terrorists until recently had been dismissed by both American security officials and private security experts as largely an urban myth.
However, the Southcom intelligence report revealed that the threat of Islamist terror infiltration is no longer theoretical. “This makes the case for Trump’s wall,” said one American security official of the Southcom report. “These guys are doing whatever they want to get in the country.”
Adm. Kurt Tidd, Southcom’s commander, said last week that the lack of information is hampering security efforts against alien smuggling.
“An element that has been long recognized is that our ability to track people moving through transportation systems is an area that we must continue to devote efforts on, and the ease with which human traffickers are able to use our transportation systems to move people through the networks relatively undetected should give us all concern,” Tidd said.
Special interest aliens are described by the U.S. government as aliens who pose a potential terrorism threat coming from 34 nations in the Middle East, Africa, Southwest Asia, Central Asia, and East Asia. The list of states of concern includes Afghanistan, Iran, Kuwait, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Eritrea, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump last week called for stepped up counterterrorism measures that he said would involve “extreme vetting” of immigrants in a bid to better screen out potential terrorists.
Trump also has made a campaign theme the construction of a wall across the United States’ southern border as part of efforts to better control the flood of illegal immigrants.
Joel Vargas, head of Contingent Security Services and a consultant to law enforcement agencies, said there is no evidence Sunni extremists are creating new relationships with alien smugglers. However, he said in an email that “existing smuggling networks from Central America are increasing their access.”
“We have intercepted immigrants coming from Asia but we have been unable to determine if they are extremists,” Vargas said. “Our Sunni illegal migration coming from [Latin America] is very small. On the other hand, they can use the networks set up by the Shia.”
A report produced by Vargas for the International Airport, Seaport and Transport Police states that the Iran-backed Shiite terror group Hezbollah mainly has ties to Latin American through overseas Lebanese expatriates.
Hezbollah recently increased support in transnational crime in the region by supply arms and training to various groups.
“Hezbollah’s current goals appear to be focused on accruing resources rather than conducting offensive operations, however the group’s growing capabilities are still a clear threat to regional U.S. interests,” the report said. “Iran’s involvement in Latin America is also increasing, and Hezbollah will likely be able to use these budding political and economic ties as cover for its operations.”
Vargas said Hezbollah’s networks in Latin America could be used by Sunni extremists to get to the United States. “That is a workable situation,” he said. “If they disclose they are ISIL or any other group, I doubt that even the Shias will help out. Even [drug] cartels are killing anyone who appears extremist. It is bad for their business.”
According to Vargas, Guatemala remains a weak link for regional security services. A sophisticated alien smuggling operation that is capable of moving foreign nationals into the United States from Africa and other states has been centered in that Central American state for at least the past six years.
The Washington Times reported in June that an international alien smuggling network centered in Brazil helped sneak illegal immigrants from Middle Eastern states to the United States, including an Afghan linked to a terror plot in North America.
At least a dozen Middle Easterners reached the Western Hemisphere through this alien smuggling ring that facilitated travel to Mexico, the Times reported, quoting internal government documents.
The aliens involved Palestinians, Pakistanis, and the Afghan man with ties to the Taliban.
Some of the aliens were stopped before entering the United States but others succeeded in crossing the U.S. border.
One transit route used in the past by alien smugglers was identified in a recent Justice Department alien smuggling case that traced illegal immigrants from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa to Honduras, then to Guatemala and finally to Mexico and into the United States.
The cost of getting into the United States can reach $400 or more per person, and the illegal immigrants are provided with transportation, covert smuggling contacts along routes into the country, as well as instructions on how to illegally cross the U.S. border. The instructions in the past have included armed guides who ferry illegal aliens across U.S.-Mexico border rivers on inner tubes.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified during a Senate hearing in February that Islamic State terrorists would try to infiltrate the United State posing as immigrants.
“That’s one technique they’ve used is taking advantage of the torrent of migrants to insert operatives into that flow,” Clapper said. “As well, they also have available to them—and are pretty skilled at phony passports so they can travel ostensibly as legitimate travelers as well.”

Take a Gander at This Amazing, Yet Little Known, 9-11 Story

Take a Gander at This Amazing, Yet Little Known, 9-11 Story

From a flight attendant on Delta Flight 15, written following 9-11:
On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, we were about 5 hours out of Frankfurt, flying over the North Atlantic.
All of a sudden the curtains parted and I was told to go to the cockpit, immediately, to see the captain.
As soon as I got there I noticed that the crew had that “All Business” look on their faces. The captain handed me a printed message. It was from Delta’s main office in Atlanta and simply read, “All airways over the Continental United States are closed to commercial air traffic. Land ASAP at the nearest airport. Advise your destination.”
No one said a word about what this could mean. We knew it was a serious situation and we needed to find terra firma quickly. The captain determined that the nearest airport was 400 miles behind us in Gander, Newfoundland.
He requested approval for a route change from the Canadian traffic controller and approval was granted immediately — no questions asked. We found out later, of course, why there was no hesitation in approving our request.
While the flight crew prepared the airplane for landing, another message arrived from Atlanta telling us about some terrorist activity in the New York area. A few minutes later word came in about the hijackings.
We decided to LIE to the passengers while we were still in the air. We told them the plane had a simple instrument problem and that we needed to land at the nearest airport in Gander, Newfoundland, to have it checked out.
We promised to give more information after landing in Gander. There was much grumbling among the passengers, but that’s nothing new! Forty minutes later, we landed in Gander. Local time at Gander was 12:30 PM …. that’s 11:00 AM EST.
There were already about 20 other airplanes on the ground from all over the world that had taken this detour on their way to the US.
After we parked on the ramp, the captain made the following announcement: “Ladies and gentlemen, you must be wondering if all these airplanes around us have the same instrument problem as we have. The reality is that we are here for another reason.”
Then he went on to explain the little bit we knew about the situation in the US. There were loud gasps and stares of disbelief. The captain informed passengers that Ground control in Gander told us to stay put.
The Canadian Government was in charge of our situation and no one was allowed to get off the aircraft. No one on the ground was allowed to come near any of the air crafts. Only airport police would come around periodically, look us over and go on to the next airplane.
In the next hour or so more planes landed and Gander ended up with 53 airplanes from all over the world, 27 of which were US commercial jets.
Meanwhile, bits of news started to come in over the aircraft radio and for the first time we learned that airplanes were flown into the World Trade Center in New York and into the Pentagon in DC.
People were trying to use their cell phones, but were unable to connect due to a different cell system in Canada . Some did get through, but were only able to get to the Canadian operator who would tell them that the lines to the U.S. were either blocked or jammed.
Sometime in the evening the news filtered to us that the World Trade Center buildings had collapsed and that a fourth hijacking had resulted in a crash. By now the passengers were emotionally and physically exhausted, not to mention frightened, but everyone stayed amazingly calm.
We had only to look out the window at the 52 other stranded aircraft to realize that we were not the only ones in this predicament.
We had been told earlier that they would be allowing people off the planes one plane at a time. At 6 PM, Gander airport told us that our turn to deplane would be 11 am the next morning.
Passengers were not happy, but they simply resigned themselves to this news without much noise and started to prepare themselves to spend the night on the airplane.
Gander had promised us medical attention, if needed, water, and lavatory servicing.
And they were true to their word.
Fortunately we had no medical situations to worry about. We did have a young lady who was 33 weeks into her pregnancy. We took REALLY good care of her. The night passed without incident despite the uncomfortable sleeping arrangements.
About 10:30 on the morning of the 12th a convoy of school buses showed up. We got off the plane and were taken to the terminal where we went through Immigration and Customs and then had to register with the Red Cross.
After that we (the crew) were separated from the passengers and were taken in vans to a small hotel.
We had no idea where our passengers were going. We learned from the Red Cross that the town of Gander has a population of 10,400 people and they had about 10,500 passengers to take care of from all the airplanes that were forced into Gander!
We were told to just relax at the hotel and we would be contacted when the US airports opened again, but not to expect that call for a while.
We found out the total scope of the terror back home only after getting to our hotel and turning on the TV, 24 hours after it all started.
Meanwhile, we had lots of time on our hands and found that the people of Gander were extremely friendly. They started calling us the “plane people.” We enjoyed their hospitality, explored the town of Gander and ended up having a pretty good time.
Two days later, we got that call and were taken back to the Gander airport. Back on the plane, we were reunited with the passengers and found out what they had been doing for the past two days.
What we found out was incredible…..
Gander and all the surrounding communities (within about a 75 Kilometer radius) had closed all high schools, meeting halls, lodges, and any other large gathering places. They converted all these facilities to mass lodging areas for all the stranded travelers.
Some had cots set up, some had mats with sleeping bags and pillows set up.
ALL the high school students were required to volunteer their time to take care of the “guests.”
Our 218 passengers ended up in a town called Lewisporte, about 45 kilometers from Gander where they were put up in a high school. If any women wanted to be in a women-only facility, that was arranged.
Families were kept together. All the elderly passengers were taken to private homes.
Remember that young pregnant lady? She was put up in a private home right across the street from a 24-hour Urgent Care facility. There was a dentist on call and both male and female nurses remained with the crowd for the duration.
Phone calls and e-mails to the U.S. and around the world were available to everyone once a day.
During the day, passengers were offered “Excursion” trips.
Some people went on boat cruises of the lakes and harbors. Some went for hikes in the local forests.
Local bakeries stayed open to make fresh bread for the guests.
Food was prepared by all the residents and brought to the schools. People were driven to restaurants of their choice and offered wonderful meals. Everyone was given tokens for local laundry mats to wash their clothes, since luggage was still on the aircraft.
In other words, every single need was met for those stranded travelers.
Passengers were crying while telling us these stories. Finally, when they were told that U.S. airports had reopened, they were delivered to the airport right on time and without a single passenger missing or late. The local Red Cross had all the information about the whereabouts of each and every passenger and knew which plane they needed to be on and when all the planes were leaving. They coordinated everything beautifully.
It was absolutely incredible.
When passengers came on board, it was like they had been on a cruise. Everyone knew each other by name. They were swapping stories of their stay, impressing each other with who had the better time.
Our flight back to Atlanta looked like a chartered party flight. The crew just stayed out of their way. It was mind-boggling.
Passengers had totally bonded and were calling each other by their first names, exchanging phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses.
And then a very unusual thing happened.
One of our passengers approached me and asked if he could make an announcement over the PA system. We never, ever allow that. But this time was different. I said “of course” and handed him the mike. He picked up the PA and reminded everyone about what they had just gone through in the last few days.
He reminded them of the hospitality they had received at the hands of total strangers.
He continued by saying that he would like to do something in return for the good folks of Lewisporte.
“He said he was going to set up a Trust Fund under the name of DELTA 15 (our flight number). The purpose of the trust fund is to provide college scholarships for the high school students of Lewisporte.
He asked for donations of any amount from his fellow travelers. When the paper with donations got back to us with the amounts, names, phone numbers and addresses, the total was for more than $14,000!
“The gentleman, a MD from Virginia , promised to match the donations and to start the administrative work on the scholarship. He also said that he would forward this proposal to Delta Corporate and ask them to donate as well.
As I write this account, the trust fund is at more than $1.5 million and has assisted 134 students in college education.
“I just wanted to share this story because we need good stories right now. It gives me a little bit of hope to know that some people in a faraway place were kind to some strangers who literally dropped in on them.
It reminds me how much good there is in the world.”
“In spite of all the rotten things we see going on in today’s world this story confirms that there are still a lot of good people in the world and when things get bad, they will come forward.
*This is one of those stories that need to be shared. Please do so…*

Sunday, August 21, 2016

This Video Shows Why There’s No Such Thing As ‘Common Sense’ Gun Control

This Video Shows Why There’s No Such Thing As ‘Common Sense’ Gun Control

Ignorance of guns and a desire to ban them seem to be directly related.
A new undercover video reveals how little gun control advocates actually know about the objects they want to ban. Posing as volunteers for “Citizen Coalition for Common Sense Gun Reform,” a fictitious gun-control group, two conservative media personalities conducted man-on-the-street interviews with individuals who said they wanted “common sense” gun control measures.
A startling trend among the responders was that they wanted to ban weapons that were “black and scary,” even if their function was similar to another less “scary” looking gun. Some even mistook some rifles to be fully automatic — a class of weapon which has been heavily regulated since 1934 — while others used incorrect terminology, like “fully semi-automatic,” when describing the guns in front of them.
The term “assault weapon” gets thrown around a lot — but it’s not actually a technical term at all. It was invented by politicians with an agenda. It’s not an actual classification of a weapon, as neither the military nor gun manufacturers use that term. “Fully semi-automatic,” isn’t a real term either: fully automatic weapons fire multiple rounds with one pull of the trigger, while semi-automatic weapons fire only one round per trigger pull.
Despite knowing next to nothing about the guns they wanted to ban, the gun controllers were frighteningly quick to sign a petition in favor of making firearms illegal to purchase or possess.
This isn’t anything new. Politicians and the media are able to perpetuate lies about guns and gun violence all the time because the public knows so little about guns or the laws that regulate.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

EXPOSED – ‘Black Lives’ Leader Arrested On SHOCKING Charges, National Media Hides It

EXPOSED – ‘Black Lives’ Leader Arrested On SHOCKING Charges, National Media Hides It

There are people who truly sacrifice and dedicate their lives to the betterment of society. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one such man. With nothing to hide, he marched through the Democrat South seeking to be “free at last,” so that all people – not just black people – could be free.However, there are those who only claim to be advocates or social crusaders, who do so just to bolster their low self-esteem or to fraudulently elevate their “fame quotient.” One such miscreant is a former Black Lives Matter leader from Atlanta, Tyree “Sir Maejor” Page. It appears this “black social justice” leader has been arrested multiple times for…wait for it…impersonating a police officer.

It is ironic – and at the very least pathetic – that someone who sought the spotlight to castigate law enforcement wanted so badly to be a law enforcement officer. It proves Page was nothing more than a two-bit fame seeker.
Page became one of the faces of leadership for the Black Lives Matter movement in the days following the chaotic and raucous marches through Atlanta’s streets protesting fatal police shootings. Page was even a member of a group that met with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to demand changes in police training and tactics. He was even a featured speaker at the ensuing joint news conference.
In the joint news conference with Mayor Reed and Atlanta Police Chief George Turner, Page said, “We stand on the shoulders of those that have paved the way for us to be able to protest in the streets and to be able to have our voices heard.”
However, when politicians and law enforcement leadership don’t do their due diligence on understanding who they are commiserating with, embarrassing situations can develop. They certainly did in this case.
Page had already been arrested – multiple times – for impersonating a police officer. In fact, his social media pages are loaded with pictures of him decked out with weapons and tactical gear.
In December 2014, Atlanta police charged Page with impersonating a police officer when they found him at a gas station “wearing a replica of the Atlanta police officer uniform” and armed with a Glock 45 automatic pistol and other police-relevant gear. He had a black female handcuffed in front of the gas station. Page said he was working security there, but this was found to be untrue.
In October 2015, police arrested Page, who was again armed and wearing a bulletproof vest, outside a MARTA station. He, stupidly, demanded to see identification from a man who turned out to be an Atlanta Police Department sergeant.
And again, Page was arrested this January after he “blustered” his way past security guards at a high-security state office building. He claimed he was an FBI agent. Court records evidence he was carrying a gun. Stunningly, he managed to gain access to the Secretary of State’s corporate records office. One witness at the Sloppy Floyd state office building said that Page “had more weapons than I’ve ever seen an officer wear.”
However, our plea bargain legal system being what it is, Page was allowed to evade the three felony counts of impersonating a law enforcement officer by pleading guilty to lesser charges of obstruction and carrying a weapon in an unauthorized location.
Page is currently on two years of probation.
Page and the Black Lives Matter Atlanta faction of the movement parted ways a few months back—but being the opportunist he is, Page started his own group: Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta.
This is the opportunistic face of Black Lives Matter. It is a gaggle of disingenuous, victimhood class, special interest narcissists who ignore the statistics refuting their ridiculous claims even as they set their own neighborhoods on fire in protest.
Of course, the judge in the plea bargain should have sentenced Page to being on the front lines of the BLM riots. That would have been a proper punishment for this so-called “activist.”

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Thomas Jefferson

"Those who hammer their guns
into plows will plow for those
who do not." Thomas Jefferson

Monday, August 15, 2016

How To Buy A Silencer Without Really Trying

How To Buy A Silencer Without Really Trying

By Tom McHale
Gun guy, Tom Mchale, gives us a quick look at the new process for individuals and trusts on how to buy a silencer.

How To Buy A Silencer
How To Buy A Silencer Without Really Trying
Tom McHale headshot low-res square
Tom McHale
USA –- Every time I go to the range with a couple of suppressors, I get the question, “Can anyone buy one of those?”
Yes, still, after decades of legality, it’s still a common question, probably because Uncle Spendy makes the process of buying and owning one so darn confusing.
Here, we’re going to take on the herculean, and most likely impossible, task of translating government regulation-speak into common English and a set of easy to follow steps, so you can figure out how to buy a silencer or suppressor if you so desire.
The whole process just changed somewhat, thanks to the implementation of ATF Rule 41F, which took effect July 13, 2016. Under the new rules, the purchase process became easier for some and more difficult for others.

The net-net explanation is that there are two ways to legally buy a suppressor – as an individual or as a legal entity like a trust or corporation. For individuals, restrictions have lightened up a bit. For entities, you have to do more legwork.

While pros and cons of buying as an individual or trust is a whole separate discussion, it’s worth a brief diversion here to look at the big pros and cons.
If you buy as an individual, you fill out paperwork, jump through some hoops, and you own a suppressor. As far as overly-complicated government processes go, it’s a fairly straightforward process. However, you are the only one who can own and use the suppressor. You can’t loan it to someone else. You can’t transfer it to a friend or family member without them going through the whole process you just did.

Springfield Armory XDM Threaded Models in 9mm and .45 ACP shown here with a SilencerCo Osprey (top) and SilencerCo Octane (bottom)
Springfield Armory XDM Threaded Models in 9mm and .45 ACP shown here with a SilencerCo Osprey (top) and SilencerCo Octane (bottom)
SilencerCo Salvo 12 Shotgun Silencer
SilencerCo Salvo 12 Shotgun Silencer
If you go to the trouble and expense to set up a legal entity like a gun trust, it’ll cost you a couple hundred bucks for the legal work to create your trust. However, when the trust buys a suppressor, all trustees designated on that trust have legal access to use suppressors, buy more on behalf of the trust, or sell them later. Multiple people have legal authority to use it. As an example, I use a trust for all of my immediate family members so any of us can use any of our collective suppressors. If I die, those I leave behind have full legal right to continue owning and using the silencers.

How To Buy A Silencer

So back to the how-to process. Let’s take a quick look at the new process for individuals and trusts. We’ll ignore how it used to be because you can’t do that anymore anyway.
If you’re buying a suppressor as an individual, your life is a little bit easier with implementation of 41F, mainly because you no longer need to get specific permission from your chief law enforcement officer (CLEO). We’ll explain that in a minute.

Here are the steps on how to buy a silencer as an individual:

Step 1: Choose the suppressor you want from a dealer like SilencerCo. You’ll probably have to pay for it up front, or at least leave a deposit, but that’s up to your dealer. They’ll need some money because they’ll have to hold it for some undetermined number of months while Uncle Sam laboriously scrutinizes your paperwork.
Step 2: Your dealer will help you fill out a BATFE Form 4 titled “Application for Tax Paid Transfer and Registration of Firearm.” Yes, this is for a suppressor, but the paperwork is for other National Firearm Act items too like short barrel rifles. The form asks for information on the specific silencer, its make and model, serial number and so on. It also contains information about you, the buyer. On the back are a series of questions that affirm your legal ability to purchase this item. The requirements are essentially the same as when you pass an NICS check to buy a regular firearm. If you’re not a convicted felon, currently indicted for a felony, drug user, mental defective, and don’t have a restraining order, you’re probably OK.
Step 3: You’ll need to attach a fingerprint card and a 2×2-inch photograph of yourself taken within the past year. Basically, this is a common passport photo. This is a good place to mention how enterprising people have made the process much, much easier. If you buy a suppressor through the SilencerCo network of dealers they offer a useful download, EasyGuide To Purchasing A Silencer .
Step 4: Next, you’ll need to send a copy of the completed Form 4 from Step 2 to your local Chief Law Enforcement Officer. This is a bit of a chicken and egg situation as the Form 4 asks for the name and address information of the CLEO in your area where you sent a copy of the same Form 4. Just fill it out with the right contact information, then send it to your CLEO. Here’s a positive change for individual purchasers. Before, you would have had to get permission from your local CLEO before even submitting your application to the ATF. Many CLEOs in less gun friendly areas simply would not approve suppressor applications, thereby creating a de-facto ban on suppressor ownership in their area of jurisdiction. Now, you don’t need their permission, you only have to inform them, and they can’t prevent your purchase without a legal reason proving that you are ineligible.
Step 5: Package all this up, along with a check, money order, or credit card number and send it off to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Your dealer will help you with this to make sure you’ve got everything together.
Step 6: Wait. And wait. And wait some more. It’ll take months. How many depends on how nervous people are about the pending political situation. If it looks like Hillary is going to win, there will be a flood of suppressor applications and the ATF will get backlogged again, causing delays of a year or more. At time this article was written (August 2016), you’ll probably only have to wait a few months to get your approval back.

National Firearms Act Transfer Stamp
National Firearms Act Transfer Stamp
Step 7: Eventually, you’ll get a letter from the ATF with a copy of your Form 4 with an attractive and colorful stamp attached. This is your permission slip to take possession of the suppressor you paid for that’s been collecting dust while the ATF dilly dallies around with your application. Make photocopies of this and keep one with the suppressor at all times – you have to produce it if asked by law enforcement. Stash the original away somewhere safe.
If you buy as a trust, the process is almost identical. The only difference is that all trustees will have to do the fingerprints, passport photos, and complete an ATF Form 5320.23 Responsible Person Questionnaire each time the trust acquires a silencer. As a result, your application packet will be about an inch thick, which is really funny because the fine print on all these forms always has a notice about the National Paperwork Reduction Act. Hmmm, imagine that.
That’s all my advice on how to buy a silencer. It sounds harder than it really is, and a good dealer knows this process cold and can walk you right through it.

Well, folks, this is a great example of your tax dollars at work. All this, just to buy a muffler to protect your hearing and those around you.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

This is how the US military would put down an armed rebellion

This is how the US military would put down an armed rebellion

US Army Reserve Members of the US Army reserve stand at attention. Getty Images / Paul J Richards
What if the “2nd amendment people” Donald Trump mentioned recently during a campaign rally were actually able to spark an armed rebellion to overthrow the United States?
In a 2012 article for the Small Wars Journal, two academics took a stab at such a scenario and tried to figure out how state and federal authorities would likely respond to a small force taking over an American town.
In their paper, retired Army colonel and University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies professor Kevin Benson and Kansas University history professor Jennifer Weber wargamed a scenario where a Tea Party-motivated militia took over the town of Darlington, South Carolina.
The circumstances may seem far-fetched, but in today’s deeply partisan political environment, it’s at least worth looking into how the feds would respond if an American town tried to go it alone.

Precedents for fighting an insurrection

Benson and Weber cite Abraham Lincoln’s executive actions during the Civil War and Dwight Eisenhower’s 1957 intervention in Little Rock, Arkansas as precedents for the executive use of force in crushing a rebellion. The President would be able to mobilize the military and Department of Homeland Security to recapture a secessionist city and restore the elected government.
The government would invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807 to form a response:
From Title 10 US Code the President may use the militia or Armed Forces to:
§ 331 – Suppress an insurrection against a State government at the request of the Legislature or, if not in session, the Governor.
§ 332 – Suppress unlawful obstruction or rebellion against the U.S.
§ 333 – Suppress insurrection or domestic violence if it (1) hinders the execution of the laws to the extent that a part or class of citizens are deprived of Constitutional rights and the State is unable or refuses to protect those rights or (2) obstructs the execution of any Federal law or impedes the course of justice under Federal laws.)
The Insurrection Act governs the roles of the military, local law enforcement, and civilian leadership inside the U.S. as this type of scenario plays out.
US soldier military police platoon M9 Beretta pistol Italy A US Soldier with the 464th Military Police Platoon fires an M9 Beretta pistol during training. Wikimedia Commons

How it could go down

An extreme right-wing militia takes over the town of Darlington, South Carolina, placing the mayor under house arrest and disbanding the city council. Local police are disarmed or are sympathetic to the militia’s cause and integrated into the militia.
The rebels choke traffic on interstates 95 and 20, collecting “tolls” to fund their arsenal and operation. Militiamen also stop rail lines and detain anyone who protests their actions.
The insurgents use social media and press conferences to invoke the Declaration of Independence as their rationale, arguing they have the right to “alter or abolish the existing government and replace it with another that, in the words of the Declaration, ‘shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.’”
Because of this, they enjoy a “groundswell” of support from similarly-minded locals throughout the state. The mayor contacts the governor and his congressman. The governor doesn’t call out the National Guard for fear they’d side with the militiamen. He monitors the situation using the State Police but through aides, he asks the federal government to step in and restore order, but cannot do so publicly.
The President of the United States gives the militia 15 days to disperse.

Mobilizing a response

The executive branch first calls the state National Guard to federal service. The Joint Staff alerts the U.S. Northern Command who orders U.S. Army North/Fifth U.S. Army to form a joint task force headquarters. Local units go on alert – in this case, the U.S. Army at Forts Bragg and Stewart in North Carolina and Georgia, respectively, and Marines at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
CH-46 during exercise at Camp Lejeune October 2007 CH-46 during exercise at Camp Lejeune October 2007 Wikimedia
The Fifth Army begins its mission analysis and intelligence preparation of the battlefield. This includes locating enemy bases, critical infrastructure, terrain, potential weather, and other important information.
Once the Fifth Army commander has a complete picture of the militia’s behavior patterns, deployments of forces, and activity inside the town, he begins a phased deployment of federal forces.

Civilian control of the military

The Fifth Army is in command of the military forces, but the Department of Justice is still the lead federal agency in charge on the ground. The Attorney General can designate a Senior Civilian Representative of the Attorney General (SCRAG) to coordinate all federal agencies and has the authority to assign missions to federal military forces. The Attorney General may also appoint a Senior Federal Law Enforcement Officer to coordinate federal law enforcement activities.
It’s interesting to note that many of the Constitutional protections afforded to American citizens still apply to those in arms against the government. For instance, federal judges will still have to authorize wiretaps on rebel phones during all phases of the federal response.
Troops on the ground will be aware of local, national, and international media constantly watching them and that every incidence of gunfire will likely be investigated.

Beginning combat operations

Combat units will begin show of force operations against militiamen to remind the rebels they’re now dealing with the actual United States military. Army and Marine Corps units will begin capturing and dismantling the checkpoints and roadblocks held by the militia members.
US Marines Cpl. Justin Dudley from Oxnard, California, with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, keeps watch while flying in a UH-1Y Venom during Amphibious Landing Exercise 15 at Crow Valley, Sept. 30, 2014. US Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Robert Williams Jr./Released
All federal troops will use the minimum amount of force, violence, and numbers necessary. Only increasing to put pressure on the insurrectionist leaders.
After dismantling checkpoints, soldiers and Marines will recapture critical infrastructure areas in the city, such as water and power stations, as well as TV and radio stations and hospitals.
Meanwhile, state law enforcement and activated National Guard units will care for the fleeing and residents of the city. This is partly for political reasons, allowing the government most susceptible to local voters to be seen largely absent from being in direct, sometimes armed conflict with their own elected officials.

Restoring government control

Federal troops will maintain law and order on the streets of the city as elected officials return to their offices. Drawing on U.S. military history, the government will likely give individual members of the militia a general amnesty while prosecuting the leaders and those who broke the law during the uprising.
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