Now, I’m not advocating unclean, inhumane conditions or torture, or even some current facilities in the U.S. (Angola?), but prison should be something more than denial of freedom – although most penologists would probably say their main function is not rehabilitation (given the recidivism rate) but simply to separate those convicted from potential victims, for a while.
What do you guys think?
(from Judicial Watch)
Somali “Community” Given Special Access to Secured Areas of Airports
The Obama administration’s willful failure to recognize the potential threat from radical Islamists here at home continues to place Americans at risk. The latest example of this will shock you and in is found in just 31 pages of records we pried loose from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The records reveal the Department of Homeland Security has given Somalis “community engagement tours,” including security briefings, in secured areas in at least three major U.S. airports – Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Columbus, Ohio.
The briefings provided to the Somali groups were so sensitive that in 14 instances the agency redacted portions of the records under Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) exemption (B)(7)(e) the law-enforcement “risk circumvention” exemption, which reads:
Exemption 7(E) of the Freedom of Information Act affords protection to all law enforcement information that would disclose techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions, or would disclose guidelines for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions if such disclosure could reasonably be expected to risk circumvention of the law.
In one instance, Customs and Border Protection exempted under (B)(7)(e) a portion of a February 16, 2016, “Minute by Minute Agenda” provided during a tour/briefing of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). The material that was withheld from Judicial Watch as too law-enforcement sensitive – but provided in full to the Somali group – included a section entitled: “TSA Overview — Processing [Redacted].” The invitees were provided briefings of the Global Entry system, APC [Automated Passport Control] system, secondary screening procedures, baggage-screening procedures and given tours of the holding cells/interview rooms.
Notes from the February Minneapolis St. Paul Airport tour indicate: “Current CBP and TSA job vacancies” were discussed. Attendees responded with requests for DHS outreach efforts during Somali community events to further advertise these positions to interested individuals.”
The newly released records also reveal:
In addition to the Minneapolis Airport tours/briefings given to Somalis during 2014 and 2015 – and first revealed by Judicial Watch in August 2016 – tours of U.S. airports and security briefings also have been provided to other groups at airports in Los Angeles and Columbus, Ohio: “Once we agree on the dates we will select the time based on prayer schedules. Another idea could be the roundtable to take place at the airport after the tour. We have done that before in LA and Columbus and it worked well both times”.
The timing of the Minneapolis Airport tour given to a group of Somalis in February 2016 was scheduled between 6-8pm because it would “accommodate prayer times well”
During the “annual” tour, federal authorities granted excursions of the facility’s “secure areas.” It is also noted that two parties in the previous year “did not pass vetting.”
The invitation extended to the Somalis for the Minneapolis Airport tour addressed them as “Dear Colleague,” and promised “walking people through CBP’s process, walking people through TSA’s process” and provide “a step-by-step tour of our operations, designed to offer a greater understanding of airport processes and procedures.”
Eight senior ranking Homeland Security and Customs officials were tasked with accompanying and briefing the Somalis on the February 18, 2016, Minneapolis Airport tour, including the Minneapolis Area Port Director, the Assistant Port Director, the Watch Commander, a Homeland Security Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Senior Policy Advisor (flown in from Washington), the TSA Federal Security Director and TSA Deputy Federal Security Director.
The documents show Customs officials reporting that one of the invited individuals had given “CBP Chicago a hard time” following the last tour and noted three of the invitees had had investigations against them, which had since been closed. Another invitee had an active investigation pending.
Logically, information that is too sensitive to provide to Judicial Watch and the public should not have been given to a “community engagement tour.” The U.S. government has been aware for years that Minnesota is a hotbed of Somali terrorist-cell activity. The behind-the-scenes tours and security briefings of the Minneapolis airport very well could have created a threat to public safety.
We’ve been on watch for this issue for some time. In August 2016, the JW Corruption Chronicles blog reported on the Muslim airport tour story: “The Obama administration gave Somali Muslims behind-the-scenes tours at a major U.S. airport after the group complained to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson about feeling harassed and profiled, government records obtained by Judicial Watch reveal. The special security tours not offered to any other group occurred at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport after Department of Homeland Security roundtable meetings with local Somali leaders to obtain feedback for ‘modifications to practices that would allow for operations to be more culturally sensitive.’”
I have no problem with law-abiding Muslims who are in the United States legally. I do, however, take issue with those who intend to do us harm, and with unequal protection of the law!
Would we have given the same access to Mexican immigrants? Or former IRA member?
SERIOUSLY?! Political Correctness is killing us, now possibly literally…
I read a while back about a national psychiatric association promoting the idea that pedophilia was just another direction for humanity – that it should be decriminalized and such folks just needed understanding.
Well, apparently, this idea has caught on with the Leftist media! Who knew?
from Free North Carolina
There are sex-crimes and there are sex-crimes, all of them are absolutely terrible. But the worst sex crime IMHO is pedophilia, sex with a child. Taking advantage of a child is an unforgivable crime.
But apparently liberal web-magazine Salon doesn’t think so, they seem to be trying to legitimize the practice.
The post below was written by my colleague Joe Newby and might make you ill (it sure made me ill).
On Tuesday, the ultra-left wing rag Salon published an article defending pedophiles, presenting them as poor, lonely souls who just want someone to love.
There’s only one problem. The people these individuals want to “love” are children. And Salon is apparently okay with that.More @ The Lid
In recent years, a small amount of hackers and gamers have been anonymously reporting fake hostage situations, shootings, and other violent crimes designed to send elite police units, like SWAT teams, to unsuspecting people at their residences.
Kids are crazy nowadays. The first time I heard the term swatting I though I was being trolled, but once I looked further into it I found out it was actually real.
Really nice of them to show kids which apps, and cards they can buy to pull this type of “prank” off. (c/o ENDO)
So, you’re a juvenile. You’re bored – nothing to do…
I KNOW, let’s call in a SWAT Team on the crusty old neighbors down the block! That’ll be FUN!
Now I wasn’t adverse to a good prank or three when I was a kid. (I never did it) but the flaming bag of dog poop, and smoke bombs, fake vomit, plastic ice cubes with a fly inside, whoopee cushions, and prank telephone calls – these were good fun! We never did anything approaching criminal damage and rarely trespassed. And no real physical harm came to anyone or anything – we were good kids.
BECAUSE WE KNEW THERE WERE CONSEQUENCES FOR WORSE BEHAVIOR.
Now, having been physically abused as a child, corporal punishment is not the first parenting tool in my tool box. I think I spanked my daughter twice, when she was a toddler and this consisted of open-handed swats, two or three of them, to get her attention. That’s all.
Having said the above, I’m convinced those misguide yutes who call in SWAT on the unsuspecting innocent probably never received any swats.
And needed them.
Or correctly, To What Is This World Coming?
I was waiting out back (the parking lot) behind our townhome for J. to arrive from work and collect me. We had scheduled a dinner out.
Then, I heard a sharp, crunching noise. Then I heard it again. I looked to my 4:00, and there were two misguided youths
undisciplined criminal vandals next to the North block wall of the complex. Taking turns kicking it with side kicks (!), and pointing to the ever-increasing weak spots in the wall’s construction!
I immediately yelled at them to stop.Their response was to look at their shoes, mumble “Sorry”, and then hurriedly climb over the section of the now destabilized wall. If I’d been smarter, I’d have gotten closer and taken cell phone photos of them to show the homeowner’s association and the police.
Shortly thereafter, J arrived, and I asked her to drive North to the next turn in, to see if I could spot them. I wasn’t able to get a good face photo.
I’ve been told that section of wall is vandalized and has been repaired regularly, for years. (It’s a short-cut from various schools.)
The question is, should I bother notifying the authorities (the local police and homeowner’s association) or, since no one else seems to care and they just keep repairing the wall, should I just forget about it?
It’s one of those ‘he said – yutes said’ situations…
PS – (now, to sound like an old man): When I was a kid, it never even occurred to me to damage anyone else’s property, let alone trespass! I got in serious trouble for walking across the corner of a neighbor’s lawn – by about two feet – when my Dad saw me.
These clowns obviously never heard the phrase‘ life, liberty and property’ in history class!
LeeAnn of Look! A Baby Wolf! (link) has a great link to a CNN article regarding small children run amok.
In short: The rest of the World should not have to pay for your permissiveness. And, it damages society to allow certain behavior.
Personally, I don’t think beating a child to death is the answer (neither does the author of the article), but allowing children free reign doesn’t cut it.
Let’s bring back mutual respect.