Letter Delivered to Norwich Bulletin Threatened to Spread MRSA Virus, Building Put on Lockdown / DHS names suspect in Obama “Ricin” letter
ED: Same thing happened at Columbine High, and at Virginia Tech! THERE ARE CHILDREN IN THERE! YOU’RE A COP! YOUR SAFETY IS SECONDARY TO RESCUING OR SAVING LIVES! We can only assume here that the “clean up crew” had to get in there first to make sure that scene didn’t have any “unauthorized clues” ….. You be the Judge.
*Janitor, calling 911, was disconnected
*At another point, Rick Thorne — a school custodian who has declined comment on the shooting, but who has been hailed for alerting staff to [the] assault-weapon rampage — is disconnected by dispatchers. “It was weird that they hung up on him,” said one source who listened to the recordings. Another source who heard the 911 recordings agreed.
The head of the Newtown Police Union said that the order for first responders to wait before entering Sandy Hook Elementary School was directed toward ambulance personnel, not police officers.
Union president Scott Ruszczyk said it is “standard protocol not to send in unarmed people to a scene that is not secure.”
Questions about the police department’s response to the mass shooting surfaced after two sources told Hearst Connecticut Newspapers on Wednesday that 911 calls between the school and emergency dispatchers indicated someone at police headquarters ordered officers to “wait until you go into the building” where gunman Adam Lanza killed 26 people, 20 of them first-grade students.
Ruszczyk said he knows for a fact that the order was directed at medical personnel “because I spoke to the person who gave it.” Ruszczyk said the person was a Newtown sergeant, but he declined to name him, saying he was not authorized to speak to that aspect of the investigation.
“I want to defend our union members,” he said. “I know the quality of the people who were there.”
Previously, a Newtown law enforcement source who was at the scene of the second-deadliest school shooting in the nation’s history said officers who had entered the building told dispatchers they had found bodies, but not to send the EMTs in because they had not yet located the gunman.
NEWTOWN — There are no anguished cries of children in the controversial 911 telephone recordings of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
But there is the sound of two apparent rifle shots, according to sources who have listened to about nine calls made to Newtown police on the morning of Dec. 14, 2012.
The most disconcerting sound between the school and Newtown police may be the apparent order from headquarters for police responders to “wait” before entering the school, Hearst Connecticut Newspapers has learned.
“Wait until you go into the building,” one person says from police headquarters toward the end of the five-minute shooting spree. “I’m not going to send them in yet.”
Both sources said it was unclear why the apparent order was given to delay police from going into the school.
A Newtown law enforcement source who was at the scene, however, said the order to wait was directed at ambulance personnel, and that police entered the school as soon as they arrived.
The law enforcement source, who declined to be identified because he was not authorized to speak about the investigation, said officers in the building told dispatchers they had not yet located the shooter, so sending in medical personnel would have put more lives in danger.
Messages left for Danbury State’s Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III and Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe were not returned. State police spokesman Master Sgt. Donna Tadiello said she couldn’t talk about the 911 tapes and was unable to reach either Col. Dan Stebbins or Public Safety Commissioner Reuben Bradford Wednesday evening.
“At this point, I’m not able to make a comment,” Tadiello said.
The first call came around the time Adam Lanza, 20, shot his way into the school at about 9:45 a.m.
“Somebody’s shooting in here … Sandy Hook School, please!” says one of the first calls to Newtown police headquarters at 3 Main St., located 3.1 miles from the school.
Another early call comes from a woman who says she’s in a classroom at the front, left side of the building. In all, the sources said the recordings run about 40 minutes.
The flood of frantic calls from land lines — cellphones automatically connected with the State Police in Southbury — apparently deluged the two emergency dispatchers in Newtown. At one point in the recordings, the dispatchers fail to answer a call and the phone rings for 30 seconds or more, the sources recalled.
At another point, Rick Thorne, a school custodian who has declined comment on the shooting but who has been hailed for alerting staff to Lanza’s assault-weapon rampage, is disconnected by dispatchers.
“It was weird that they hung up on him,” said one source who listened to the recordings. Another source who heard the 911 recordings agreed.
Both sources said they were not sure of the context in which Thorne was disconnected.
“There’s a shooting going on,” Thorne says during one of the first calls to police. “I keep hearing shooting.”
In one of the last calls, Thorne says, “I’m standing in a corner not knowing what to do. I’m a custodian. The shootings happened five minutes ago.”
These recordings are among the historic record of the Newtown murders.
Recordings of 911 calls are routinely released after most major criminal incidents, but Sedensky is attempting to keep the recordings private in a case pending before Judge Eliot D. Prescott at state Superior Court in New Britain.
The 911 recordings from Newtown are the kind of information that public records advocates and the media say are crucial in examining the police response to the state’s worst mass murder.
The 20 first-graders and six adults in the school were killed by multiple gunshots from Lanza’s Bushmaster XM-15 military-style rifle before he shot himself with a 10-mm Glock handgun.
Lanza fired 154 bullets in the school, according to an interim report issued by Sedensky and Chief State’s Attorney Kevin T. Kane on March 28.
Last week, families of the slain children and educators reviewed a 40-page summary of the slaughter and were told that Sedensky will release the document to the media Monday.
But recordings of first responders at the scene, who described the carnage in graphic detail, will be kept secret until at least next May as part of a bill that passed on the last day of the legislative session in June.
There are also thousands of pages of investigative details in the possession of the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.
Prescott, who listened to the 911 recordings on compact disc, is scheduled to rule Monday on Sedensky’s appeal of a September decision by the state Freedom of Information Commission, which ordered the release of the recordings.
The recordings remain under seal in the New Britain Superior Court clerk’s office, pending a hearing on Monday in Prescott’s courtroom, allowing members of the public to comment on the issue of releasing them.
Following the hearing, Prescott is expected to listen to the recordings and rule on the dispute
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9th Amendment – Bill of RIGHTS – US Constitution …..
“The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people”
So easy a caveman can rule against it!
The Supreme Court rejected a challenge launched by privacy advocates against the National Security Agency’s phone spying program, The New York Times reports.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a public interest research center, filed a challenge with the Supreme Court in July arguing that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) exceeded its jurisdiction by authorizing the NSA’s bulk phone-records collection program.
The formerly clandestine program was thrust into the spotlight in June by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s disclosure to The Guardian regarding a secret court order reauthorizing the agency’s collection of U.S. phone records of Verizon Business Network Services.
On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected EPIC’s petition without giving a reason, reports The New York Times.
“The justices gave no reason for rejecting the group’s petition, but the unusual procedure of bypassing the lower courts probably played a role. Other, more conventional challenges to government surveillance programs are pending,” writes the publication.
On Oct. 11, the FISC reauthorized the NSA program for another 90 days.
Yet the same people that were screaming at the Bush admin for doing this are silent?
From the Obamacare website to Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” anti-obesity logo, the administration is increasingly doling out no-bid contracts, prompting allegations of favoritism and questions about shoddy work.
Federal agencies awarded $115.2 billion in no-bid contracts in fiscal 2012, an 8.9 percent increase from $105.8 billion in 2009, even as total contract spending decreased by 5 percent during the period.
The jump followed President Barack Obama’s 2009 statement that no-bid contracts were “wasteful” and “inefficient” and that his administration would “dramatically reform the way we do business on contracts across the entire government.”
Some of the contractors have failed miserably, as in the case of CGI Federal, which won a $290 million no-bid contract to develop the HealthCare.gov website. After the website rollout debacle, CGI Federal was given a contract extension to try to fix the problem.
Questions have been raised over how the Canadian company – whose vice president is a college classmate of Michelle Obama – received the no-bid contract after compiling a track record of mishaps.
Other no-bid contracts, such as the one for the first lady’s anti-obesity project, have raised concerns that the administration is rewarding political allies.
Judicial Watch recently released documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act that showed a marketing firm with political ties to the Obama campaign was awarded a $100,000 contract to design the “Let’s Move” logo for the childhood anti-obesity campaign.
Documents from the Department of Agriculture – the agency that distributes funds for the $4.5 billion Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act championed by the first lady – said the contract was non-competitive because the firm “had specific expertise in performing the type of work needed for this program.”
The firm, Shepardson, Stern & Kaminsky, had served as the official agency for Obama for America’s youth initiatives in 2008 and 2012, and was the recipient of a $2 million deal from the Department of Education for the “TEACH” teacher recruitment campaign in 2010.
According to their website, the firm helped produce the controversial Obama ad “My First Time,” in which actress Lena Dunham breathlessly describes her first time voting.
One document obtained by Judicial Watch is an email from a USDA deputy director asking, “What did we get for our money . . . any deliverable? I know this is an unauthorized commitment: however the contractor still must provide evidence of what is being paid for.”
Judicial Watch charged “the arrangement violates federal contracting rules.”
Another contract that drew criticism from lawmakers and demands for an investigation was the $443 million sole-source contract to Siga Technologies in May 2011 to deliver 1.7 million doses of an experimental smallpox drug, even though there were questions about whether it was needed.
The controlling shareholder of Siga is billionaire Ronald O. Perelman, a prominent Democratic Party donor. After two years, the Health and Human Services inspector general determined no laws were violated but said it was unclear whether Siga “knowingly misrepresented its size” so it could meet the threshold as a small business.
Contracts awarded without competition made up about 23 percent of money awarded last year, compared with 20 percent in fiscal 2009, says an analysis by Bloomberg Government.
Problems associated with no-bid contracts run across multiple federal agencies
The General Accountability Office found the Small Business Administration often failed to properly apply sole-source policy. While a written justification is required for sole-source contracts over $20 million, only three of the 14 no-bid contracts that were awarded by the SBA included the required submission, GAO said in a 2012 report.
“We found that in most cases, SBA did not discuss the new justification requirements in its correspondence to agencies,” the GAO reported.
The GAO earlier this year also concluded the Defense Department failed to justify several sole-source contracts. From October 2009 to September 2012, the Pentagon awarded more than 50 no-bid contracts worth more than $20 million, the GAO said.
A review of contracts found six cases in which Pentagon officials failed to “meet the new justification requirement because contracting officials were not aware of the requirement or because they were confused about the type of justification to complete,” the GAO said.
In 2010, Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine called into question sole-source contracts totaling more than $1.3 million issued by the U.S. Postal Service.
Not only did the procurement lack sufficient competition, the lawmakers noted in a letter to USPS administrators, but the recipients appeared “to have had prior business relationships with the senior official responsible for the program and oversight of the contract.”
After conducting an examination, the USPS’ IG reported that 359 contracts were awarded to former postal service executives without competition and, in three circumstances, the former employees were hired at nearly twice their former pay to advise new executives.
Scott Amey of the Project on Government Oversight says accurately calculating the number of sole-source contracts awarded annually is difficult because it depends on how the contracts are measured and which government data is used in the analysis.
For example, an extension of an existing contract may not be viewed as a separate contract itself.
In 2007, CGI Federal was awarded a broad contract to perform technology services, and an extension was awarded in September 2011 to work specifically on HealthCare.gov. That extension is considered a “delivery order” rather than a contract because it grew out of an existing contract.
Amey says that should not dissuade lawmakers from seeking greater transparency and accountability in government contracting, particularly as more contracts are given for services, rather than for tangible targets.
“In a lot of these instances, the procurement specialists might have to cut corners, so they tend to simply go back to the incumbents. It is very easy for a contractor to go back to someone they already know,” Amey tells Newsmax.
In some respects, Amey says, it is going to be more difficult to avoid sole-source contracts, as some industries are becoming more consolidated.
“Particularly in Defense and now in IT and the medical field, there has been a lot of consolidation in those industries, which has lessened the number of firms from which procurers have to choose,” says Amey, who adds that a comprehensive examination of how contracts are awarded and assessed needs to be performed.
RICHMOND — More than 90 tons of prepackaged salads and sandwiches were recalled by a Richmond catering company because a bacterial strain of E. coli has been linked to its products, federal health officials announced Sunday.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Glass Onion Catering recalled approximately 181,620 pounds of salads and sandwich wraps containing cooked chicken and ham after 26 patients in three states were sickened with E. coli O157:H7, a strain of the sometimes deadly bacteria.
We were outraged when in 2009, Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney received an Ambassadorship to Ireland for helping win PA for Obama in 2008. That position has since been vacated and currently the US has no Ambassador to Ireland. (Why pretend its not the UK…. At least the that matters to the Globalists) – This tradition is unfortunately par for the course and a family tradition.
President Obama’s second-term nominees for foreign ambassadorships raised more than $16 million for his presidential campaigns and inaugurations.
Obama has nominated 24 campaign bundlers that have raised at least $16.6 million for his presidential efforts, according to a database created by the Center for Public Integrity.
Eight six-figure Obama bundlers have already been confirmed to key posts including Singapore, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, and Italy
Obama’s confirmed ambassador to Belgium, Denise Campbell Bauer, served as 2012 finance chair of Women for Obama and raised more than $750,000 for his campaigns and first inauguration.
Fifteen major Obama bundlers are still awaiting confirmation to ambassadorships, including former Barclays director Mark D. Gilbert, who raised at least $1.2 million for Obama’s efforts and is now up for ambassador to New Zealand.
Obama’s latest pick for ambassador to Hungary, Colleen Bradley Bell, is a producer on her executive producer husband’s soap opera, “The Bold and the Beautiful,” and a 2012 campaign bundler to the tune of more than $500,000. Bell — who was born in Illinois, went to Sweet Briar College in Virginia, studied abroad in Scotland, and lives in Los Angeles — was in the running for either Hungary or Belgium.
Fellow Hollywood executive James Costos, the vice president of HBO, was recently confirmed as ambassador to Spain after bundling at least $500,000 for Obama’s re-election campaign.
The figures cited in this piece refer only to Obama’s second-term ambassador nominees, and do not include the Obama bundlers and donors who comprised many of his first-term ambassador nominations.
No good deed goes unpunished! And… THIS is the future of Obama-Care. F You …. We dont care!
The director of human services tells the newspaper they are just following the rules.
Brady was homeless when he found the money but has since found housing. He was featured in news reports nationwide for turning in the money, despite his own financial struggles.
Bergen County’s United Way has now set up a fund to benefit James Brady. Donations can be made through the charity’s website at www.bergenunitedway.org/compassionfund/helpjamesbrady
Or by check, made out to “BCUW/Compassion Fund/Mr. Brady,” and mailed to United Way, 6 Forest Ave., Paramus, NJ 07652.
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John Moffitt wasn’t unhappy with a lack of playing time in Denver. He quit the NFL because he’d lost his love for the game and was tired of risking his health.
Moffitt, 27, made about $1.5 million before taxes in his 2 1/2 seasons in the NFL.
“I’ve saved enough. It’s not like I’m sitting here and I’m a millionaire,” he said. “That’s what I kind of realized. I’m sitting here and I got to this point and I was like, what is the number that you need? How much do you really need? What do you want in life? And I decided that I don’t really need to be a millionaire.
“I just want to be happy. And I find that people that have the least in life are sometimes the happiest. And I don’t have the least in life. I have enough in life. And I won’t sacrifice my health for that.”
Moffitt majored in sociology at Wisconsin and said his world view was really shaped over the last couple of years when he began studying the writings of the Dalai Lama and Noam Chomsky.
Now that he’s out from behind the NFL shield, Moffitt said he’s looking forward to speaking his mind on the radio and in podcasts he’s going to produce. He said he has plenty of opinions to share on everything from philosophy to politics, although he has less to say about sports .
He said he also wants to go on a diet now that he doesn’t have to maintain his 319-pound physique.
“I would like to grow my own food for a while, lose a ton of weight, feel great. And spend time with people I love and be happy,” he said.
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