Archive for November, 2012

Rock Hill, SC Police Chief Vacancy Attracts 100 Applicants

November 30, 2012

From The Rock Hill Herald By Anna Douglas, November 30, 2012

Two of Rock Hill’s police captains will rotate as acting police chief in December as the search for retiring Chief John Gregory’s replacement continues.

Gregory’s last day as chief is Saturday, and then captains Chris Watts and Steve Parker will split chief duties.

Rock Hill Police Chief John Gregory

Gregory announced on Oct. 8 that he will retire after spending 40 years in law enforcement, including nine years as Rock Hill’s top cop.

The vacant position has attracted about 100 applications from as far as Arizona, City Manager David Vehaun said.

“I feel good we’ve gotten the word out on a nationwide basis,” said Vehaun, adding that applications are still rolling in.

The search has moved as quickly as possible, he said, and the city will likely hire Gregory’s successor by early January.

The department doesn’t “like being without a chief,” he said.

The National Association of Chiefs of Police will assist Rock Hill by conducting in-depth background checks on finalists, Vehaun said.

Vehaun held two input sessions in November to solicit public opinion on the hiring process. The city also conducted an online survey.

Employees and officers with the Rock Hill police department have also met with Vehaun since the search for a new chief began.

The department’s leaders, he said, feel comfortable with the police captains temporarily taking over chief duties.

Gregory, 57, was hired in 2003 as Rock Hill’s first black police chief. His tenure has been noted for the addition of new technology, more neighborhood-focused police patrols through the Weed and Seed program and outfitting a street crimes unit with new officers.

Vehaun expects many of the candidates for chief will come from within Rock Hill’s police force.

Gregory made major changes to the department’s leadership position when he arrived from High Point, N.C..

One of his greatest accomplishments, Gregory’s said, was helping “create and develop leaders within the agency.”

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Noted Gun Rights Activist Warns Obama May Skirt Congress and Outlaw Semiautos

November 29, 2012

Kurt Nimmo, Infowars.com, November 27, 2012

Second Amendment activist John Snyder writes on his blog today that confidential sources have told him that the Obama administration may attempt to skirt Congress and outlaw semiautomatic firearms and multiple capacity ammunition feeding devices under Title 2 National Firearms Act items under the Gun Control Act of 1968.

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Clinton’s Street Sweeper classification cited as precedent.

“Under this scenario, semiautomatics and high capacity magazines could be acquired only with great difficulty and at great expense by America’s estimated 100 million law-abiding firearms owners,” Snyder explains.

Prior to Obama’s reelection earlier this month, it was rumored that notorious gun-grabber Dianne Feinstein instructed her legal staff to meet with the legal staff over at the BATF to discuss possible legislation outlawing semiautomatic firearms, according to sources cited by The Shooting Wire. The legal staffs reportedly also talked about banning pistol grips and “high-capacity” magazines.

Lawrence G. Keane, Senior Vice President, Assistant Secretary and General Counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, allegedly forwarded information confirming the meeting and its objectives, according to David Codrea.

Snyder writes that congressional Second Amendment supporters are preparing to do battle and defeat any effort by Feinstein to rollback the Second Amendment. In response, the “Obama administration now may order the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to take the classification step.  Some gun-grabbers view the designation of Street Sweeper shotguns as Title 2 items during the Clinton administration as precedent for such a move.”

The so-called Street Sweeper was reclassified as a destructive device in 1999 and requires an owner to register it with ATF within 30 days. Failure to do so may result in a $250,000 fine or up to 10 years in prison. Moreover, following the reclassification, the ATF contacted all purchasers of record of the shotguns and told them the weapons are now considered destructive devices and that they must be registered with the government.

“Such a move surely would galvanize the law-abiding grass roots gun-owning American public into opposition as it never has before,” Snyder notes. “At the very least, it would lead to an action in the U.S. House of Representatives to defund if not eliminate entirely the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  To what it would lead at the very most is anyone’s guess.”

John Snyder is a noted gun rights activist. He has been called “the dean of Washington gun lobbyists” by The Washington Post and The New York Times, a “champion of the right of self-defense” by The Washington Times, and “the senior rights activist in Washington” by Shotgun News.

Black Friday Gun Sales Hit New Record High

November 29, 2012

Overwhelming demand crashes FBI background check center

Paul Joseph Watson, Infowars.com, November 27, 2012

Black Friday gun sales hit an all time record high last week with demand for new firearms so overwhelming that it caused outages at the FBI background check center on two separate occasions.

Fueled by fears that the Obama administration will go after gun rights during a lame duck term, the FBI reported 154,873 background check requests on Friday – a 20 per cent increase on last year’s record total of 129,166 checks.

The number of guns sold could actually be double or more that figure because only one background check is recorded per sale even if buyers purchase multiple firearms.

“With the recent election, some people are making buying decisions just in case something (new law) happens,” Don Gallardo, manager of Shooter’s World in Phoenix, told USA Today.

Gun stores noted that first time gun owners and women represented a significant number of those purchasing firearms on Black Friday.

Gun sales were so brisk that the FBI’s Instant Background Check center was overwhelmed with the volume of requests and crashed on two separate occasions. Some even saw the outages as an insidious way of providing “anti-gunners a clue about how to suspend the Second Amendment.”

President Obama indicated during the presidential debates that he would pursue an assault weapons ban, which second amendment activists see as merely the first step towards wider gun control regulation.

Obama also indicated that he would attempt to eviscerate the right to keep and bear arms during a White House meeting with gun control advocate Sarah Brady last year. During the meeting, Obama told Brady he was working “under the radar” on new gun control policy. Brady added that Obama assured her gun control was “very much on his agenda.”

But it’s not just Obama’s conduct on the domestic front that has second amendment activists concerned. The Obama administration’s willingness to sign up to a United Nations global arms treaty which threatens to outlaw guns in the U.S. is also driving firearms sales.

Final discussions on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) are set to take place in March next year. The New American notes that, “Section III, Paragraphs 7 and 8 of the Programme of Action mandate that if a member state cannot get rid of privately owned small arms legislatively, then the control of “customs, police, intelligence, and arms control” will be placed under the power of a board of UN bureaucrats operating out of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs,” opening the door to UN peacekeeping forces to disarm American citizens.

‘First Amendment Cop’ Becomes Internet Icon

November 29, 2012

“I am supposed to protect the Constitution,” says Deputy Sheriff Lenic

Paul Joseph Watson, Infowars.com, November 29, 2012

Deputy Sheriff Stan Lenic, the cop who stood up for the First Amendment by refusing to impede the free speech rights of activists at Albany International Airport, has become an Internet icon, with messages of support flooding in to the Albany County Sheriff’s Office and Lenic being honored with a commendation.

A video that has now gone viral on You Tube shows Lenic refusing to follow the demands of Albany Airport’s PR director Doug Myers in having activists Jason Bermas and Ashley Jessica identified, detained or removed for handing out flyers warning travelers about the dangers of airport body scanners as part of the Opt Out and Film campaign.

“Obviously this is your constitutional right, OK? As far as you’re concerned, you’re not breaking any laws. That’s what we want to get across to you guys,” Lenic told the activists, dismissing efforts by Myers to have the two kicked out of the airport.

When Myers attempted to have the activists identify themselves, winking at Deputy Lenic as he demanded Lenic take their IDs, Lenic fired back, stating, “If I was to ask for his identification he does not have to give it to me because he’s not doing anything wrong.”

The Albany County Sheriff’s Office has since been bombarded with hundreds of positive emails and calls from liberty lovers championing Lenic for his fine work in defending the First Amendment against petty enforcers like Doug Myers.

Comments on YouTube were also overwhelmingly supportive of Deputy Lenic.

“Finally a cop that does his job properly. Makes a change from all of the bad cop films we’ve seen lately. Hats off to the man,” wrote one.

“This Sheriff is an absolute paragon for justice,” added another.

Lenic already has his own Facebook page where people are reposting the video and urging Lenic to run for Mayor.

“That’s a little overwhelming. I mean, I was doing my job I felt I was doing the right thing protecting people’s First Amendment rights,” Lenic told NewsChannel 13.

Lenic later emailed Jason Bermas the following message;

“I am overwhelmed by the support your viewers have given me. I hope other fellow officers will see this and not view the freedom of speech as a threat, but an opportunity to show the professionalism that law enforcement should be held to. I remember the day I was sworn in, and I remember that I am supposed to protect the constitution of the United States. I am proud to be a Deputy Sheriff, and try to do my job to the best of my ability so help me God.”

Lenic also told Bermas that his superiors were considering giving him an official commendation for his exemplary actions in defending the constitutional rights he swore to uphold.

Chuck Woolery On Gun Control: 5 Reasons Why We Cannot Ban Firearms In America

November 29, 2012

From marketdailynews.com, November 27, 2012 by Mac Slavo

Legendary game show host Chuck Woolery has a message for Americans, and he delivers it with an AR-15 in hand.

There is no doubt that it’s a tragedy when anyone takes the life of another without cause.

But to blame assault weapons for this tragedy would be like, well, blaming airplanes for the 9-11 attacks.

The problem lies with the perpetrator, not the tool used to commit the crime.

As of right now, the Constitution is still the law of the land. And since we are a nation of laws and not men, we need to follow it carefully.

The second amendment allows for assault weapons. The left argues that the founding fathers didn’t even know what an assault weapon was. As usual, this argument is wrong again.

To say that the Constitution limits the kind of guns we can own would be like saying the Constitution limits the kind of religion people can practice.

Our founding fathers wanted every citizen to be armed equal to the army in case of takeover by a tyrannical government. They wanted us to have protection… from them!

Crazed criminals shooting up innocent people is a tragedy, but all the gun bans in the world will not stop them. Criminals will always find the weapons they need to carry out their crime.

The only people that will be going unarmed are the law-abiding citizens like you and me.

When you hear people talking about banning assault weapons, know the real assault weapon is the liberal media.

With more guns sold in America last year than there are soldiers in the world’s ten largest armed forces, Americans are vehemently rejecting the notion that the U.S. Constitution is an outdated document.

Whether it’s California democrat Dianne Feistein attempting to ban rifles across the country, attempts to restrict the purchase of ammunition, or the United Nations making a power-play over America’s sovereignty, the fight for our right to bear arms is in full swing.

Victory must be had, because the alternative is a world where the people will forever be wards and slaves of a State bent on total control.

Contributors to Zimmerman’s Defense Fund To Receive Signed Thank You Cards

November 29, 2012

Zimmerman Wrongly On Trial After Being Forced to Defend Himself From Violent Attack

Information Below From NPR.org by Mark Memmott, November 29, 2012

“Thank You Cards … personally signed by George,” are now going to be sent to those who donate money to the man facing second-degree murder charges for the Feb. 26 shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

George Zimmerman, 29, needs money for his “living expenses and legal costs,” according to his new website — GZDefenseFund.com. It adds that since May 3 the fund has raised more than $140,000, but “the balance … is at its lowest.”

So:

“The New George Zimmerman Defense Fund, at George’s request, will begin sending Thank You Cards to people who have contributed to the Defense Fund. Each card will be personaly [sic] signed by George. The identity of all donors will continue to be kept strictly confidential, and the envelope of the Thank You Cards will not have any reference to Mr. Zimmerman or the O’Mara Law Group.”

 The Miami Herald doesn’t shy away from saying that Zimmerman is selling his autograph.As we’ve written before:

Zimmerman, who called police to say he had seen a “suspicious” young man in his neighborhood, has said he acted in self defense. Trayvon’s family and supporters say Zimmerman racially profiled the 17-year-old, should not have continued following Trayvon after a police dispatcher said it wasn’t necessary to do that and that they question whether the teenager attacked the older man as Zimmerman claims.

The case spotlighted “stand your ground” laws in Florida and other states, and ignited another discussion about race relations in the nation. There were protests in cities across the country in support of Trayvon’s family and to call attention to what many viewed as authorities’ initial unwillingness to charge Zimmerman.

The stand your ground law is back in the news this week, as WLRN reports:

“Michael Dunn, 45, a white software developer from Satellite Beach, went with a gun to the window of an SUV in a parking lot to ask that the black teens inside lower the volume of their music. Reportedly, hot words were exchanged and Dunn fired eight times, killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

“Investigators said no weapons were found in the SUV.”

Dunn has been charged with second-degree murder. His attorney is reportedly considering a stand your ground defense.

 

NYPD Officer Photographed Giving Boots to Barefoot Homeless Man Melts Icy Hearts Online

November 29, 2012

From The Lookout, a Yahoo! News Blog, by Dylan Stableford, November 29, 2012

A photo of a New York City police officer kneeling down to give a barefoot homeless man in Times Square a pair of boots on a cold November night is melting even the iciest New Yorkers’ hearts online.

A New York City police officer is photographed giving boots to a homeless man on Nov. 14. (NYPD/Facebook)

On Nov. 14, NYPD officer Lawrence DePrimo, who was on counterterrorism duty in Times Square, saw the older homeless man without shoes sitting on 42nd Street. DePrimo, 25, left and then returned with a pair of $100 boots he bought at a nearby Skechers store.

“It was freezing out, and you could see the blisters on the man’s feet,” DePrimo, a three-year veteran of the department who lives with his parents on Long Island, told the New York Times. “I had two pairs of socks, and I was still  cold.”

The random act of kindness was captured by Jennifer Foster, a tourist from Florence, Ariz., who was visiting the city. Foster, communications director for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona, emailed the photo to the NYPD with a note commending DePrimo.

“The officer said, ‘I have these size 12 boots for you, they are all-weather. Let’s put them on and take care of you,'” Foster wrote. “The officer squatted down on the ground and proceeded to put socks and the new boots on this man.

“I have been in law enforcement for 17 years,” she continued. “I was never so impressed in my life. … It is important, I think, for all of us to remember the real reason we are in this line of work. The reminder this officer gave to our profession in his presentation of human kindness has not been lost.”

Foster’s photo was posted on the NYPD’s Facebook page on Tuesday, where it received more than 320,000 “likes,” 77,000 “shares” and 20,000 comments—most of them praising DePrimo, who seems to have restored Facebook’s faith in humanity.

“This is one hell of a police officer,” Desiree Wright-Borden wrote.

“Wow,” Jack Horton wrote. “It’s nice to know there are still good people out there.”

“Angels truly do walk on earth!!!” Charlene Hoffman-Pestell wrote.

Some commenters, though, were skeptical, saying the photo could have been staged.

“Clever stunt!” Louis Zehmke wrote. “The hobo is ‘parked’ at the entrance of a shoe shop.”

But Foster claims DePrimo had no idea he was being photographed: “The officer expected NOTHING in return and did not know I was watching.”

Armed Drones to Patrol Highways by 2025

November 23, 2012

High-Tech Machines Would Disable Suspect’s Car Via Remote Electromagnetic Pulse

Paul Joseph Watson, Infowars.com, November 23, 2012

Autonomous vehicles and flying drones that would disable a suspect’s car remotely with an electromagnetic pulse are set to patrol highways by 2025 according to a number of concept vehciles designed by major manufacturers such as Honda, BMW and General Motors.

The 2012 LA Design Challenge asked companies to come up with a concept for “Highway Patrol Vehicle 2025,” with the winner set to be announced next week.

Most of the entrants for the competition have responded with designs that overwhelmingly suggest “patrol cars and motorcycles would be replaced by computerized drones,” within the next 10-15 years, reports the New York Times.

Honda’s entry, the Honda CHP Drone Squad, includes both a four wheeled drone vehicle and a two-wheeled motorcycle-style drone, both of which would hunt down suspects without the need to be manned.

General Motors’ concept, named the Vault Squad, includes three futuristic vehicles designed to “observe, pursue or engage.” The NY Times noted that the term “engage” was “left menacingly undefined.”

BMW’s DesignworksUSA studio came up the E-Patrol (Human-Drone Pursuit Vehicle), which would allow the operator to deploy an airborne armed surveillance drone which would have the capability to disable a suspect’s vehicle using an electromagnetic pulse.

“The main structure can deploy three drones. The top drone sits above the main structure and is a flying drone, while the other two are one wheel vehicles attached to the rear,” according to BMW. “In the case of a pursuit during heavy traffic areas, the patrol officer sitting in the two passenger main structure can deploy either the flying drone or one of the single wheel drones to chase the suspect and report back data to the main structure. When all drones are deployed, the main structure can continue to function. All drones have added protection benefits in that they can send an impulse to another vehicle and disable it.”

One of the concept drawings for the BMW design shows a license plate scanner within the vehicle which automatically brings up a photograph of every driver on the road, whether they are a suspect or not.

“By coincidence or destiny, designers at several companies came up with concepts for robotic, autonomously driven vehicles on ground, water and air. These future police cruisers — usually presented as story boards rather than actual vehicles — recall today’s Predator and Global Hawk drones, stars of the anti-insurgency efforts. They may give new meaning to those signs that read “Speed limit enforced by aircraft,” writes the Times’ Phil Patton.

As we have previously highlighted, the whole direction of drones and automated robot technology being developed by the likes of DARPA is all geared towards having machines take the role of police officers in pursuing and engaging “insurgents” on American soil.

Technology experts have warned that removing the human element from law enforcement could lead to people being summarily executed.

Although Boston Dynamics and DARPA claim the robots are ostensibly being designed to help conduct humanitarian and relief missions, Noel Sharkey, professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield, recently warned that the true purpose of the machines is less benign.

Speaking about the Cheetah, a robot currently being perfected by Boston Dynamics, Sharkey said the device represented, “an incredible technical achievement, but it’s unfortunate that it’s going to be used to kill people.”

“It’s going to be used for chasing people across the desert, I would imagine. I can’t think of many civilian applications – maybe for hunting, or farming, for rounding up sheep.” Sharkey added.

“But of course if it’s used for combat, it would be killing civilians as well as it’s not going to be able to discriminate between civilians and soldiers.”

Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Infowars.com and Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a host for Infowars Nightly News.

Utah Bounty Hunter Coordinates Arrest of Fugitives in Mexico

November 23, 2012

From www.fox13now.com by Brittany Green-Miner and Scott McKane, November 19, 2012

Two Utah fugitives wanted on thousands of dollars in felony drug warrants were arrested in Mexico after an intense high-speed chase that came after cooperation between the U.S. and Mexican governments and a bail enforcement agent.

34-year-old Jacqui Randall and her boyfriend 40-year-old Lorin Fiene were arrested in September for allegedly selling meth out of their Layton home, but after bailing out of jail, police say they skipped out on their bond and made a run for the Mexican border.

A few years ago, that would have made them virtually untouchable, but new cooperation between Davis County drug officers, U.S. Marshals, Mexican police and the work of Jim Elliot, a Utah bail enforcement agent, helped crack the case.

The stakes were high for Elliot in this case; Fiene and Randall had skipped out on more than $110,000 in bail. He flew from Utah to California, rented a car then crossed the border at Tijuana into Mexico. Tipsters led him to Ensandada, then to San Felipe, almost 120 miles south of the Mexican border.

As a bounty hunter in Mexico, Elliot could neither carry a firearm nor take part in the arrest, but he did his best to bring police from both countries together.

“I said, ‘What if I get you an exact address in Mexico? If I get eyes on and I call you with GPS coordinates?’ They said, ‘You get that and we’ll get them out of there.’ I said, ‘I can do that,’” Elliot said.

After more than two days of surveillance, he was able to locate the couple. Mexican agents then allowed Elliot to ride along with them. He documented most of the operation on his smartphone.

A high-speed chase that reached speeds of 115 miles per hour through the streets of San Felipe and crash led to the apprehension of Randall and Fiene.

“Their faces say it all, they were stunned. They’re probably still stunned,” Elliot said.

Fiene and Randall are currently in a federal holding facility in San Diego awaiting extradition back to Utah.

Elliot says this is the first time he’s heard of an operation like this in Mexico. It used to be completely unheard of, but the U.S. and Mexican governments have forged new cooperation that makes these arrests possible.

“The Mexican government will not tolerate American citizens that are fugitives in their country, we never have any issues,” said Frank Smith, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Agency in Utah.

Elliot says this case should serve as a warning for other fugitives who believe fleeing to Mexico will keep them safe from arrest.

Texas Judge Grants Reprieve To Student Expelled For Refusing To Wear Tracking Device Badge

November 23, 2012

From www.CNSnews.com by Craig Bannister, November 21, 2012

Andrea Hernandez won’t have to leave her high school for refusing to  wear a badge designed to track her every move there – yet – her  attorneys announced today.

A district court judge for Bexar County, Texas, has granted a  temporary restraining order to prevent Northside Independent School  District from removing a Hernandez from John Jay High School’s Science  and Engineering Academy because she refused to wear a name badge designed to use a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip to track  students’ precise location on school property, the Hernandez’s attorneys  announced today.

“The court’s willingness to grant a temporary restraining order is a  good first step, but there is still a long way to go—not just in this  case, but dealing with the mindset, in general, that everyone needs to  be monitored and controlled,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The  Rutherford Institute.

“Regimes in the past have always started with the schools, where they  develop a compliant citizenry. These ‘Student Locator’ programs are  ultimately aimed at getting students used to living in a total  surveillance state where there will be no privacy, and wherever you go  and whatever you text or email will be watched by the government,”  Whitehead warned.

The school had reportedly offered to allow Hernandez to wear a  non-functional badge, giving the appearance of support for the program,  but she declined.

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