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Obama Memo Outlines Justification for Drone Strikes on U.S. Citizens

June 24, 2014

From The USA Today by David Jackson, June 23, 2014

The United States can use lethal force against a U.S. citizen overseas if that person is part of an enemy organization seeking to attack the U.S., according to a once-secret memo released Monday.

The 2011 killing of one such American — al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki — was justified because it was carried out under applicable laws of war, the memo said.

The Obama administration document became public under a court order in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and The New York Times.

“The release of this memo represents an overdue but nonetheless crucial step towards transparency,” said ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jameel Jaffer. “There are few questions more important than the question of when the government has the authority to kill its own citizens.”

In the memo dated July 16, 2010, then-Acting Assistant Attorney General David Barron wrote that “the U.S. citizen in question has gone overseas and become part of the forces of an enemy with which the United States is engaged in an armed conflict.”

In addition, the target of the drone strike “is engaged in continual planning and direction of attacks upon U.S. persons from one of the enemy’s overseas bases of operations,” Barron wrote.

The drone strike that killed al-Awlaki came in September of 2011. Two other Americans also died in the attack, including al-Awlaki’s 16-year-old son; the government said they were not targeted.

The 41-page document included redactions that the government said involved national security secrets.

Jaffer said the ACLU and others would continue pursuing documents about the uses of drones.

“The drone program has been responsible for the deaths of thousands of people, including countless innocent bystanders,” he said. “But the American public knows scandalously little about who is being killed and why.”

Connellsville, PA Police Closer to Getting New Bulletproof Vests

June 24, 2014

From The Tribune-Review by Mark Hofman, June 23, 2014

The Connellsville Police Department is closer in reaching its goal to raise enough money to receive a matching grant for new bulletproof vests.

On Monday, the department received a check for $250 from the Connellsville Elks Lodge #503 and $250 from the Elks Past Exalted Ruler Association.

In April, the department entered its application with the Bulletproof Vest Partnership through the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Program (OJP) to apply for specialized vests to be custom-designed to fit each officer.

Connellsville Police Chief James Capitos said the cost for the vests will be between $815 and $915 each, so about $16,000 will be needed to purchase the vests. Through the program, the department only needs to come up with $8,000, which is half the money, he added.

Currently, Capitos said the department has received approximately $6,700 in donations.

“That is very, very good,” he said, adding that many organizations, like the Elks Lodge, had donated along with many private donations from individuals living in and out of town. “One parent even sent her kids in (the police station) with cash.”

“We donate to a lot of community activities,” said Dick Basinger, treasurer of Elks Lodge #503, adding that the Elks Past Exalted Ruler Association raises money for such donations through its annual golf outing.

The department also received donations from the Lions, Masonic Lodge No. 562, Connellsville Crime Watch, Connellsville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 21 and many others.

“It just goes to show people will come out and give you a hand when needed,” Capitos said.

According to the OJP, in fiscal year 2012, protective vests were directly attributable to saving the lives of at least 33 law enforcement and corrections officers in 20 different states, an increase of 13.7 percent over fiscal year 2011. At least 14 of those life-saving vests had been purchased, in part, with the program’s funds.

Capitos said the department’s application is pending approval. He believes he will receive word sometime in September. Also at that time, he should find out how much the grant is and how much the department needs to match it.

“It all depends on how much money the Department of Justice awards us,” Capitos said. “We won’t know until we get the notice.”

Donations are still being accepted. For more information, contact the Connellsville Police Department at 724-628-2501.

A Fleeing Bank Robber, a Heart Attack and a ‘Vexing’ Law Get Supreme Court’s Attention

June 24, 2014

By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Washington Bureau, June 23, 2014

A North Carolina man initially convicted of actions that scared a grandmother to death will now get a second chance before the Supreme Court.

In a legal long shot, Larry Whitfield and his Asheville, N.C.-based attorney on Monday beat the odds by convincing the high court to reconsider his case. If the 26-year-old Whitfield wins, he could regain his freedom earlier. He could also help clarify some confusions in federal law.

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“Proper resolution of this issue will have a dramatic impact on Whitfield’s overall sentence,” defense attorney Joshua B. Carpenter noted in a legal brief. “This case presents a legal issue . . . that has vexed the federal courts.”

Carpenter is a staff attorney with Federal Defenders of Western North Carolina, which represents indigent defendants. Citing office policy, he declined to comment Monday on the court’s decision to hear the Whitfield case.

Few defense teams, though, get even this far. The Supreme Court receives upwards of 9,000 petitions annually, and agrees to hear only about 75. It’s particularly unusual for the court to grant a case, like Whitfield’s, that has been given in forma pauperis status, which exempts the poor from certain costs.

Now incarcerated in South Carolina at Federal Correctional Institution Bennettsville, Whitfield is currently set to be released in May of 2032. Several of the former Charlotte, N.C., resident’s convictions, including attempted bank robbery and firearms charges, are not in dispute.

But the actions Whitfield took that immediately preceded the 2008 death of Mary Parnell, a 79-year-old Gastonia, N.C., resident, will now be back in the spotlight. In particular, Supreme Court justices will use the Whitfield case to resolve different interpretations of what Carpenter called “an important and frequently applied federal criminal statute.”

More than 5,000 federal bank robberies were reported in 2011, according to FBI statistics cited by Carpenter. The statute in question penalizes more severely a bank robber who “forces any person to accompany him” during the crime or while fleeing. While a standard bank robbery conviction can be punished with a term of up to 20 years, but no mandatory minimum, conviction on the forced-movement statute brings a minimum sentence of 10 years and a possible maximum of life.

The dispute is over how significant this forced-movement must be, and whether it includes what lawyers call “de minimis” _ minimal _ movement of the victim.

“The courts of appeals to have considered the forced-accompaniment provision . . . have generally adhered to the plain language of the statute and upheld convictions involving forced movements of a relatively short distance and duration,” the U.S. solicitor general’s office argued in a brief.

Whitfield’s case dates to Sept. 28, 2008, when he and a partner armed themselves with a handgun and an AK-47 assault rifle and set out to rob the Fort Financial Credit Union in Gastonia, N.C. Turned back by a security system, they fled, and Whitfield ended up in Parnell’s home.

Whitfield tried to calm the visibly frightened Parnell, according to later testimony. Under circumstances that remain somewhat ambiguous, she went into a computer room of the house.

“I just know she, she went in front of me into the computer room,” Whitfield later told investigators, court records show. “I really don’t remember touching her. I was cooperative with her and she was cooperative with me.”

Whitfield subsequently left. When Parnell’s husband came home later, he found his wife in the chair, dead from a heart attack.

In an earlier ruling, an appellate court struck down Whitfield’s original life sentence because he had not been properly indicted for the specific crime of forced-accompaniment that results in death.

As is customary, the Supreme Court’s nine justices did not elaborate Monday on why at least four of them agreed that Whitfield’s case should be heard. One standard reason, though, is the need to iron out differences among different lower-level appellate courts.

One circuit court of appeals, for instance, upheld the conviction of a Florida bank robber who herded two women from one end of the bank to another. Another appellate court, though, reasoned in the case of a Texas bank robber that more is required, noting that “within the context of a bank robbery, there will often be movement within the bank by a bank employee.”

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/06/23/4998693/a-fleeing-bank-robber-a-heart.html?sp=/99/115/141/966/#.U6ozorGmodU#storylink=cpy

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Border Patrol Union Leader Says Administration Offers “De Facto Amnesty”

June 22, 2014

From http://www.thenewamerican.com by Warren Mass, June 20, 2014

Stu Harris, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) Local 1929 in El Paso, Texas, said that the continually worsening crisis along the U.S.-Mexican border is the result of the U.S. government granting “de facto amnesty” to illegal immigrants.

Border Patrol Union Leader Says Administration Offers “De Facto Amnesty”

The NBPC is the union that represents more than 17,000 Border Patrol agents and support staff. The NBPC Executive Committee is staffed by current and retired Border Patrol agents.

Speaking with Breitbart Texas (the section of Breitbart.com dedicated to covering Texas news), Harris provided his take on the vast increase in illegal cross-border traffic: “This situation is de facto amnesty. The word has gotten out that we will simply release people into the US if enough of them come at once. The result is that they are doing it.”

Harris also criticized the way the media has covered the illegal immigration crisis:

A lot of the media is saying these people are coming because of economic crisis and violence in their home countries, but these conditions have existed for more than a decade. The only thing that has changed is the talk of immigration reform and amnesty. That is what is bringing these people here now.

Another statement Harris made concurred with a June report from KRGV News in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas we cited recently about a woman named Nora Griselda Bercian Diaz, a woman from Guatemala who had crossed the border illegally with her six-year-old daughter. Bercian Diaz told KRGV that people back in Guatemala told her: “Go to America with your child, you won’t be turned away.”

Bercian Diaz told the news crew that when the reporters encountered her, she and her daughter were lost and searching for Border Patrol agents!

Harris noted this strange phenomenon when he told Breitbart:

Our guys risk their lives. The people who are turning themselves in now, are people who would have tried to avoid us and would have been running away from us when they crossed illegally.

Now these same people want to find border patrol agents and turn themselves in. That really says something….

They know they can come here and they will get released into the United States. That is all that has changed. That is why they are coming here now in such large numbers.

Exactly how large are the “large numbers” that Harris referred to? A Reuters article on May 29 cited Obama administration estimates that 60,000 children unaccompanied by parents or relatives will pour into the United States this year, up from about 6,000 in 2011. While no one knows how many adults come across the border illegally, in 2011, the Border Patrol apprehended a total of 129,118 illegal immigrants. Given the recent flood, current figures are undoubtedly much higher.

A major initial destination for illegal immigrants — both adults and children — is Texas. Yet instead of detaining these illegal aliens and deporting them to their country of origin, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) — an agency within DHS — has been shipping some of them to other states. A Reuters news report on June 9 noted that nearly 1,000 unaccompanied minors had been sent from overflowing facilities in southern Texas to a warehouse building in Nogales, Arizona.

Unaccompanied children are not placed in detention. They are, instead, transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement to be housed in shelters, including those on military bases and elsewhere, with the objective of reuniting them with parents or guardians. However, if their parents are here illegally and hiding from authorities, that may be a nearly impossible task.

With present detention facilities bursting at the seams, the Obama administration plans to establish additional quarters to house unaccompanied children who have migrated illegally into the United States at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The Fort Sill housing facilities will supplement similar quarters the Obama administration has opened at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, and Naval Base Ventura County near Oxnard, California.

Forced to respond to the crisis, the White House on June 2 issued a presidential memorandum directing the secretary of Homeland Security to establish an interagency “Unified Coordination Group,” stated President Obama, in “response to the influx of unaccompanied alien children across the southwest border.”

However, the illegal immigrants, including children, are simply responding to the Obama administration policy of not securing the border and then granting effective amnesty to the migrants by housing them instead of deporting them.

Senator Jeff Sessions, (R-Ala) posted a statement about the crisis on his Senate webpage on June 3, which read, in part:

The rising crisis at the border is the direct and predictable result of actions taken by President Obama. He and his Administration have announced to the world that they will not enforce America’s immigration laws, and have emphasized in particular that foreign youth will be exempted from these laws. The world has heard the President’s call, and illegal immigrants are pouring across the border in pursuit of his promised amnesty.

When appearing as a guest on The Kelly File on June 9, former New Jersey Superior Court Judge Andrew Napolitano also placed the blame squarely on Obama for not enforcing present immigration law: “The president of the United States personally and directly caused this with a telephone and a pen.”

Both the Obama administration and the bipartisan Senate “Gang of Eight” have attempted to get “immigration reform” legislation passed by Congress. However, the massive flow of illegal immigrants over our borders indicates that the answer is not “immigration reform,” but immigration enforcement.

And failing to win passage of legislation that offers amnesty to illegal immigrants, the administration is offering it anyway. Otherwise, why would illegal immigrants seek out Border Patrol agents instead of hiding from them?

Congressmen: Obama Using ‘Cloward-Piven Maneuver’ to Overwhelm U.S. with Illegals

June 15, 2014

From http://www.wnd.com by Jerome R. Corsi, June 15, 2014

Two U.S. congressmen tell WND they believe the flooding of America’s Southwest border with thousands of illegal-alien children seeking government handouts and citizenship is the intended outcome of policies by the Obama administration derived from a strategy by radical sociologists to transform America into a socialist state.

In the 1960s, professors Andrew Cloward and Francis Fox Piven of Columbia University, Obama’s alma mater, devised a plan to provoke chaos by deliberately overwhelming governmental systems and the U.S. economy to the point of collapse, paving the way for state intervention that would ultimately replace America’s free-enterprise republic with a collectivist system.

“I do feel this attempt to flood the border with illegals is a playing out of the Cloward-Piven theory,” said Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.

“If you don’t see them bring reinforcements down there to seal the border, that means that, yes, it’s a Cloward-Piven maneuver to flood the country until we get to the point where we are an open-borders country that welcomes everybody, legal and illegal,” he told WND.

Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, agreed that Obama – who studied the chaos strategy at Columbia, according to a classmate – “is trying to do a Cloward-Piven thing with the border.”

“Obama follows all the far-left, Leninist, socialist-type stuff,” Stockman told WND.

He said it’s “an open secret Obama is trying to flood Texas with illegals to make it into a blue state,” with a Democrat majority.

“If we lose Texas, and it becomes like California, then the Republicans lose the chance of ever getting a Republican elected president,” the Texas lawmaker warned.

King agreed that one of the aims of the illegal-alien flood is to turn Texas into a Democrat state.

“You or I could shut that thing down in less than a week,” he said. “Instead of busing and flying illegals out of Texas, you fly enforcement people in.”

King said that while the U.S. is spending $7 a mile to defend the border, “we need to take people to plug the leak.”

“It’s the Battle of the Bulge down there, and you send in George Patton and the Third Army to relieve the surrounded 101st Airborne,” King said.

Hurricane-force

A flood of illegal-alien children enticed by Obama policies favorable to minors has escalated to a “crisis of the federal government’s creation,” Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has charged.

The nearly 1,000 illegal aliens from Mexico and Central America crossing into Texas each day is being compared to Hurricane Katrina by overwhelmed officials.

“How do you prepare for that?” said Don Ray, the executive director of the Texas Border Sheriffs Coalition. “You can’t have an influx of people like that without having an impact.”

Ray told KRLD-TV in Dallas-Ft. Worth that similar to the aftermath of Katrina, relocation services are in operation.

“In the case of Katrina, most of them were United States citizens or people that were here lawfully, and now you have people that aren’t here lawfully.”

Among the policies allegedly attracting illegal aliens is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which allows some illegals who came to the U.S. as children to defer deportation.

History lesson

Stockman told WND his office conducted a study showing that California’s transformation into a Democrat-majority state was directly related to the 1986 amnesty bill passed by Democrats in Congress under Republican President Ronald Reagan.

“After Reagan did this, the illegal immigrants voted Democrat,” he noted. “Still our party thinks, ‘They’re going to love us after we do this,’ but it hasn’t been borne out by the history.”

Stockman criticized former George W. Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer, now a GOP consultant, for advising Republican candidates to back “immigration reform,” which, as currently conceived in Congress, includes some form of amnesty for illegal aliens living in the U.S.

Fleischer “never ever ran a campaign,” said Stockman, “and yet he’s an expert in campaigns.”

“It’s absurd. We’re the crew taking orders from a guy who’s never been on a boat, yet he’s the captain of the boat – and yet he’s giving directions,” he said.

Stockman sees the Cloward-Piven chaos theory at work in Obama’s foreign policy as well.

“All that blood and treasury – and Iraq is going to al-Qaida,” he said, referring to news Wednesday that a second city has fallen to al-Qaida-inspired Islamic militants.

“And don’t forget Libya. We have the black flag of al-Qaida flying over Libya now, and if Obama had his way, we’d also have the Muslim Brotherhood in charge of Egypt,” he said.

Stockman also criticized Obama’s diplomacy in Egypt, saying he “was rude to the Egyptian leader,” President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who is working with Israel to remove terrorists from the Sinai.

“The whole Middle East is going to become a radical Islamic state,” he said.

Cantor defeat about immigration

King said the shocking primary defeat Tuesday of House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor in Virginia was about immigration.

 

“The voters stepped up and supported a candidate who has done an excellent job of articulating how important it is to restore the rule of law as a component of American exceptionalism,” he said, referring to tea-party candidate David Brat.

Cantor has expressed support for the principles of Obama’s proposed DREAM Act, which would grant amnesty to illegal aliens who came to the U.S. as children.

“The establishment will try to spin this, but Cantor’s loss reflects a voter rejection of amnesty, and it should put the brakes on any effort to move amnesty legislation in the House,” King said.

Stockman said the “key to Cantor losing was that the conservatives – including talk radio – united behind one candidate instead of what happened in my race where you had different people on our side supporting different GOP candidates.”

He noted the Senate Republican primary in South Carolina in which incumbent Sen. Lindsay Graham won the nomination against six opponents was similar.

“As long as we fight among ourselves, we lose,” Stockman said.

He emphasized that Cantor’s loss “killed immigration (legislation), and we need to keep getting that message out.”

Stockman said that in an interview with the Associated Press, the reporter insisted it was Democrat voters crossing over that defeated Cantor.

But Stockman said a study by his office found that Brat actually received fewer votes in Democrat areas than Mitt Romney did in the 2012 election.

“So, it’s a spin they’re trying to put out here to keep the thing alive,” the Texas congressman said.

King said regarding immigration that House Republicans may “put up a fight” for a time, “but we have telegraphed that we will cave in rather than hold our ground.”

He said it remains to be seen whether or not Republicans will coalesce around a new House majority leader willing to take a strong stand against amnesty.

“I will not support anyone for leadership who supports amnesty,” he declared.

Warrantless Cellphone Tracking Deemed Illegal by 11th Circuit Court of Appeals

June 15, 2014

From http://www.courthousenews.com, June 13, 2014

In the first ruling of its kind, the 11th Circuit held that police need a warrant to obtain cellphone data used to pinpoint a suspect’s location.

The three-judge panel in Atlanta ruled that Quartavius Davis, whose cell tower data placed him near the scenes of six robberies, had a Fourth Amendment right to keep his whereabouts private.

“While committing a crime is certainly not within a legitimate expectation of privacy, if the cell phone site location data could place him near those scenes, it could place him near any other scene,” wrote U.S. District Judge David Sentelle, who was assigned to the three-judge panel.

“There is a reasonable privacy interest in being near the home of a lover, or a dispensary of medication, or a place of worship, or a house of ill repute.”
Under the Stored Communications Act, law enforcement agents can ask cell phone service providers for records revealing which cell phone towers carried a suspect’s calls. Investigators use this information to find out where a suspect made the call.

Davis’ records revealed that he was near the six stores he was later convicted of robbing. He was sentenced to 162 years in prison.
He argued that the admission of the cell tower data — based on a judge’s order, not a warrant — amounted to an unreasonable search in violation of the Fourth Amendment.

The 11th Circuit agreed on Wednesday, noting that its ruling marks the first of its kind nationwide.

Though the U.S. Supreme Court held in 2012 that police need a warrant to track suspects via GPS, it has not yet ruled on cellphone tower data.

The federal appeals court relied heavily on that decision, U.S. v. Jones, to determine “that the privacy theory is not only alive and well, but available to govern electronic information of search and seizure in the absence of trespass.”

“One’s cell phone, unlike an automobile, can accompany its owner anywhere,” Judge Sentelle wrote. “Thus, the exposure of the cell site location information can convert what would otherwise be a private event into a public one. When one’s whereabouts are not public, then one may have a reasonable expectation of privacy in those whereabouts.”

Nathan Freed Wessler, the American Civil Liberties Union attorney who argued the case, called the panel’s decision “a resounding defense of the Fourth Amendment’s continuing vitality in the digital age.”

“The court soundly repudiates the government’s argument that merely by using a cellphone, people somehow surrender their privacy rights,” he said in a statement.

Despite the privacy finding, the judges declined to overturn Davis’ convictions and sentence. They said police had acted in “good faith” at the time, adhering to existing federal law with “scrupulous obedience.”

However, the court vacated and remanded a seven-year sentence enhancement for “brandishing” a firearm, because the jury “only found that Davis possessed a firearm.”

The 11th Circuit’s decision applies for now only in Florida, Georgia and Alabama.

Another White Motorist Beaten by Black Mob in Detroit

June 15, 2014

From http://www.wnd.com, June 15, 2014

In a city consistently ranked as one of America’s most violent, a white suburban-Detroit resident is recovering in the hospital, claiming he was beaten by a black mob after a traffic accident.

The June 7 incident comes only two months after a white, 54-year-old suburban-Detroit motorist was attacked by a black mob in a similar racially motivated assault.

Nate Szczerbinski, 34, of Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, says he was beaten after a car crash
But don’t expect to see either story covered by the national press, Colin Flaherty, author of the book “White Girl Bleed A Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It,” told WND.

“There’s a media blackout of these types of stories out of Detroit, and frankly, every American city. The media jumps on any instance of a white individual attacking a black person, but in this case it was a white male being attacked by a large group of black people,” said Flaherty.

And it has happened twice in the span of two months, he noted.

“The fact that another white motorist was attacked by a large group of black people and race was a motivating factor in the assault should help put into perspective why the Detroit Police Officer Association held the ‘Enter At Your Own Risk’ rally,” Flaherty said.

Black mobs routinely terrorize cities across the country, but the media and government are silent. Read the detailed account of rampant racial crime in “White Girl Bleed A Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It.”

In 2012, the Detroit Police Officer Association held an “Enter At Your Own Risk” rally in which it warned people to avoid the city because of its ‘war-like’ conditions.

In the latest incident, Nate Szczerbinski, 34, of Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, said he was going the wrong way down a one-way street Saturday afternoon in Detroit. He tried to turn around, but before he could finish his turn, he got into an accident.

Szczerbinski said he was viciously beaten by three black men shouting racial slurs.

“I realized I was in trouble … when they started calling me names and stuff,” Szczerbinski said in an interview with WXYZ-TV. “I couldn’t run. I couldn’t really protect myself. I would’ve been just asking for more trouble. So, I just prayed to God that something would happen.”

The TV station also reported a large crowd gathered to watch the attack, but no one did anything to stop it.

The Detroit News reported Szczerbinski’s account.

“I got out to check on what happened, and three guys (from the other vehicle) got mad and started kicking my (expletive),” Szczerbinski said. “They were hollering, ‘White (expletive)’ while they were hitting me.”

Szczerbinski said his attackers kicked, hit and spit on him. One of his attackers, he added, said he was angry because his fist was swollen from hitting him.

The Detroit News also quoted Detroit police officer Keisha Beasley-Dorsey confirming the victim reported “ethnic slurs were made.”

“We’ll do our investigation, and it’ll be up to prosecutors whether to file ethnic intimidation charges,” the officer said.

The father of a 5-month-old girl, Szczerbinski said two girls near the accident tried to help but he told them to stay away, fearing they, too, would be harmed.

From his ordeal, Szczerbinski suffered numerous injuries, including a fractured eye socket.

He was set to undergo surgery Monday afternoon, but doctors have chosen to delay the operation until his facial swelling goes down.

Detroit Police have detained a 20-year-old man in connection with the case who is facing assault charges. Officers are still searching for two other men believed to have been involved.

‘Horrible story you’ll never read about’

The story comes on the heels of an eerily similar assault in Detroit on Steve Utash.

The 54-year-old was attacked by an angry black mob after he accidentally hit a young boy with his vehicle on Detroit’s east side. Utash was in a coma for a number of days after the assault.

After the boy was hit, Utash immediately stopped to see if he was all right. But Utash then became the victim of a mob attack.

The boy hit in the accident was treated and released for a broken leg.

Utash was released from the hospital in mid-May after six weeks of intensive care and therapy.

Flaherty said the Utash mob assault “was one of the more horrible stories you’ve never read about.”

He said the fact that “a similar black mob-on-white individual assault happened less than two months later in the same city is proof of the validity of the warning to stay out of the city of Detroit.”

Husband and Wife Shoot Gunmen Who Try to Enter Their St. Louis Home, Killing 1

June 15, 2014

From http://www.stltoday.com, June 11, 2014

A husband and wife armed with guns were able to stave off an apparent home invasion Monday night, police said.

One man was killed and a second taken to a hospital in the incident, which happened about 11 p.m. in the 4600 block of Newport Avenue.

Police say a 17-year-old girl who lived at the home was outside retrieving something from her car when she was approached by two masked and armed men who forced her into her house, using her as a shield.

The teen’s father, 34, saw the men walking up with his daughter, got his firearm and fired several shots at them, striking both of the men as they entered his home. The teen’s mother, 34, also retrieved a gun and fired once at the men but did not hit either, police said.

One of the men, Terrell Johnson, 31, of the 4500 block of Natural Bridge Road, collapsed on the living room floor and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The second man, Cortez McClinton, 33, was standing behind Johnson when Johnson was shot. McClinton pointed a gun inside the doorway and also was shot. McClinton then ran away and got his brother to transport him to a hospital, police said. He was treated for gunshot wounds to the chest and both thighs.

McClinton, of the 3100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, was charged with second-degree murder (also called felony murder), kidnapping, burglary and armed criminal action. McClinton’s cash bail was set at $1 million.

In May 2010, McClinton was charged with fatally shooting Bryan Reed, 28, the previous month. Reed was sitting with a friend in a car April 24 in the 3700 block of Minnesota Avenue about 12:40 a.m. when a gunman approached and shot Reed several times.

The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office dropped murder and armed criminal action charges against McClinton in Reed’s killing because of a lack of witness cooperation, said Susan Ryan, a spokeswoman for the office. McClinton was released from jail in January 2013 after nearly three years behind bars awaiting trial on the murder case and other unrelated charges that were ultimately dropped.

McClinton has convictions in Missouri of drug possession and distribution and vehicle tampering.

The investigation is ongoing, police said.

No one answered the door at the home Tuesday, but broken glass and bullet holes marked the storm door where shots were fired.

Son Defends Mom from Home Intruder

June 15, 2014

By Evan Axelbank, FOX 13 News, June 11, 2014

The blood, the stuff all over their home, the broken window, are nothing compared to the sight of Tobarus Johnson.

Janet Hunt was in her bedroom, and when she turned around, there he was, according to police.

“(It was) terrifying,” said Hunt. “If you could have only seen the look in his eyes, I was scared.”

He snatched her purse.

“He took my purse, my medication and my money,” said Hunt.

Her son, David Hunt, heard the commotion.

“I heard my momma screaming, so, I ran,” said Hunt. “I put him in a headlock and tried to wrestle him down. I grabbed what I could, a knife, I started stabbing him a couple of times.”

The brawl was on. Janet who has trouble walking, fell in front of the door.

The two men were crashing around the apartment.

At one point, Johnson allegedly grabbed the knife from Hunt and tried to stab him, though unsuccessfully.

“That man is a lunatic,” said David Hunt. “He’s crazy for coming into somebody’s house.”

Johnson made an even bigger exit.

“I don’t know how he got through that little window,” said neighbor Jimmy Miller.

Johnson crashed headfirst through the window, severely cutting himself, and ran off.

That’s when neighbors stepped in.

Miller is one of several who chased the bleeding Johnson several blocks.

“He looked like he was cut up pretty bad when he jumped out the window. He started staggering.”

They held him until police arrived.

The pocketbook never left Janet’s sight, thanks to her son’s quick reflexes.

“I guess I did what anybody would do for their mother,” said David Hunt.

“He’s my hero,” said Janet Hunt. “If he hadn’t been here, God only knows what might have happened. He was afraid he was going to jail, but I was telling him, baby, you defended me. You have a right to defend yourself in your own home.”

Johnson is recovering from critical injuries he got when he jumped through the window. Police say he has a long criminal history and will face a number of charges.

Former Border Patrol Agents: Immigrant Flood ‘Orchestrated’

June 15, 2014

From http://www.wnd.com by Bob Unruh

An organization of former Border Patrol agents Wednesday charged that the federal government, under the administration of President Obama, is deliberately arranging for a flood of immigrant children to arrive in America for political purposes.

“This is not a humanitarian crisis. It is a predictable, orchestrated and contrived assault on the compassionate side of Americans by her political leaders that knowingly puts minor illegal alien children at risk for purely political purposes,” said the statement released by the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers.

“Certainly, we are not gullible enough to believe that thousands of unaccompanied minor Central American children came to America without the encouragement, aid and assistance of the United States government,” the officers said.

“Anyone that has taken two six- to seven-year-old children to an amusement park can only imagine the problems associated with bringing thousands of unaccompanied children that age up through Mexico and into the United States.”

Republicans are blaming Obama’s immigration policies for enticing the illegals, particularly the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program launched in 2012, which recently was renewed.

More than 33,000 have been caught in Texas alone over the last eight months, the report said, overwhelming Border Patrol capabilities.

A federal judge even concluded the White House “has simply chosen not to enforce … border security laws.”

FoxNews.com reported this week Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer calls the situation a “creation” of the federal government, and Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., assigned blame for the “calamity” to Obama.

Fox News reported it had obtained a memo from an official with Customs and Border Protection who said the current policies are serving as an incentive for illegal aliens to sneak into the U.S.

“If the U.S. government fails to deliver adequate consequences to deter aliens from attempting to illegally enter the U.S., the result will be an even greater increase in the rate of recidivism and first-time illicit entries,” said Ronald Vitiello, a deputy Border Patrol chief.

Officials say among Obama’s policies that are attracting illegals is his instructions for “deferred action” for young illegals. Recently, the federal government said it was hunting for lawyers to provide legal help to children who are in the U.S. illegally.

The White House is asking for $1.4 billion more for the illegal-alien children, which by some estimates will grow to 150,000 next year.

The former Border Patrol agents said the campaign is a “political deception,” and the responsibility rests with the political leaders who support “a path to citizenship, regularization or any other form of amnesty for illegal aliens before providing for full protections for national security (jobs and economy) and public safety (the right of the people to be secure in their property and person).”

The officers argue that the non-enforcement of immigration laws is “the next step in becoming a failed state.”

“Yes, our leaders are guilty. However, we are responsible because it is the American voter [who] has placed untrustworthy people in positions of power and kept them there when they have clearly demonstrated that they have violated that public trust.

“These successful con artists are well dressed, attractive and charming,” the statement said.

The officers even questioned whether “this heartless criminal exploitation of Central American infants and children [will] finally awaken Americans to the ruse being foisted upon them by their government, the media and other interested parties.”

“Has America lost her ability to stand up against the tyrants and do what is right rather than what is easy? Obviously, this administration thinks you are as corrupt as they are and will vote them back into office or these young children would not be streaming into America to tug at your hearts and empty your heads of reason,” the statement said.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest this week said the Federal Emergency Management Agency is leading an effort to respond to the illegal alien children arriving in the U.S. He said many are “escaping abuse or persecution” and are being sent to locations in Texas and Oklahoma.

 


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