Washington — A Pennsylvania man has been arrested after police say he made a bomb threat outside the White House.
D.C. police spokesman Araz Alali says the man approached an officer at the White House gates Wednesday morning and warned that a bomb would detonate in a truck parked nearby.
Surrounding streets and the entrance to a nearby Metro rail station were shut down as the Secret Service inspected the vehicle for explosives.
“In a society of wolves, you DO NOT fight back by creating more sheep!” / Dan Bongino – former Secret Service agent on gun control
Dan Bongino, former US Secret Service Officer and former US Senate Candidate speaks at the Annapolis, MD Guns Across America Rally. Jan 19th, 2013.
A month after the Secret Service was rocked by allegations that agents brought prostitutes to a Colombia hotel where they were preparing for a visit by President Obama, the Drug Enforcement Administration today announced that at least three of its agents are also under investigation for allegedly hiring prostitutes in Cartagena.
Two of the agents allegedly had encounters with masseuses in the apartment of one of the agents, according to Sen. Susan Collins, the ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
“It’s disturbing that we may be uncovering a troubling culture that spans more than one law enforcement agency,” the Maine Republican said this evening. “In addition to the Secret Service scandal, we now learn that at least two DEA agents apparently entertained female foreign national masseuses in the Cartagena apartment of one of the agents. The evidence uncovered thus far indicates that this likely was not just a one-time incident.”
The revelations that Secret Service personnel had been drinking heavily and cavorting with prostitutes ahead of Obama’s trip to Colombia last month overshadowed the president’s trip to the Summit of the Americas. Twelve members of the military were also investgated for allegedly hiring prostitutes.
Eight of the 12 Secret Service employees implicated in the scandal lost their jobs, another is in the process of losing his security clearances, and three agents were cleared of serious misconduct but still could be disciplined. The military has completed its investigation but no disciplinary action has been carried out.
“The Drug Enforcement Administration was provided information from the Secret Service unrelated to the Cartagena hotel Secret Service incident, which DEA immediately followed up on, making DEA employees available to be interviewed by the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General,” a DEA spokesperson said in a statement.
“DEA takes allegations of misconduct very seriously and will take appropriate personnel action, if warranted, upon the conclusion of the OIG investigation.” the statement said.
A spokesman for the OIG said the DEA is cooperating in the investigation, which is being coordinated with the Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General, and the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service.
The DEA has agents posted in Colombia to work on counter-narcotic and drug interdiction missions with Colombian authorities. According to officials the agents were among those assigned in Colombia, they were not specifically working on the President’s trip.
The revelations about the DEA agents comes ahead of a hearing scheduled on Wednesday with Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.
No other Republican Presidential candidate has ever received the enthusiastic popular support in the Republican Stronghold of Orange County that Ron Paul received in his visit to Cal State University, Fullerton, on May 3rd, 2012. 6000 enthusiastic fans crowded into the Titan Stadium, which was not designed to hold 6000. The line stretched around the stadium. Seats ran out, but supporters continued to pile in, standing to see their candidate. Mitt Romney has never received that kind of support in Republican Orange County.
Crowd lines up to see Ron Paul
Once in office, Paul will repeal the NDAA, the PATRIOT Act and the Federal Reserve Act. The audience, by its standing ovations and chants showed its agreement with the plan.
Paul spoke to the paranoid fears he would cut social programs by expressing his understanding that people have come to need these programs. In cutting spending, he will start with the wars and foreign spending. He pointed out that, in recent years, the war spending has topped four trillion dollars. He noted that, in foreign spending, the United States government takes from the poor at home to give to rich oppressors in foreign lands. Studies done by a variety of informed organizations agree, showing that simply cutting the war budget will save the U.S. economy.
Paul noted that 75% of Americans want America out of Afghanistan. He pointed out that we are less respected and less liked in the world because of war policies. He said that a lot of innocent children and people are dying from our drone attacks. People are asking, “Why are we being terrorized by bombs falling out of the sky when we haven’t done anything to America?”
Much of the problem with the economy is that the world has stopped trusting the dollar. He said, “The dollar used to be as good as gold.” After we were pulled off the gold standard, the world continued to trust our dollar for a while but that time of trust has run out.
As noted above, Paul got a standing ovation on ending the Federal Reserve. The audience broke into chants of “End the Fed.” Paul reacted by saying, “It sounds like a wonderful idea.” He noted that you wouldn’t hear that on TV. He called for the repeal of the Federal Reserve Act on its hundredth anniversary.
Paul attacked the economic policies of the current government, saying the government gives crumbs to the poor and bailouts to the rich.
Paul stated, “I’d like to suggest that you never have to give up any of your liberties for safety and security.” He pointed out that he has no Secret Service protection. He told the crowd that holding up a sign in protest of someone with Secret Service protection could now get you ten years in prison. [This is a result of the protester bill Obama signed into law.] Paul also spoke of a Homeland Security facility in Utah that is large enough to hold the records of everyone in America. He noted that the role of government is to protect our privacy and liberty. It is not to destroy our civil liberties.
On the issue of Cuba, he suggested talking to the Cubans and ending sanctions. He pointed out that those who are accusing him of being an isolationist are the real isolationists.
It isn’t an easy road for honest politicians like Ron Paul. He pointed out that”" those people in Washington in charge will not give up their power easily.”
The crowd was ready for action. Paul got numerous standing ovations. People were reregistering as Republicans just so they could vote for him. People were also signing up to work on his campaign.
Paul is the only anti-war candidate running in a major party for President. This gives him an advantage with anti-war Democrats and independents. Even people who don’t agree with him, see him as a candidate who is incorruptible and beaming with integrity. He is considered a fresh, honest alternative to the status quo.
For those who want to vote for Paul in the California primary, they will have to reregister as Republicans. I know, it’s a pretty disgusting thought to most people. California has an open primary in every race except the Presidency, where the RNC is preventing non-Republicans from voting for Ron Paul. The Democratic Primary is more open, allowing independents to vote a Democratic ballot.
Noah Johnson is an example of a former Democrat who re-registered to vote for Ron Paul. Now he is running for the Republican Central Committee for the 41st District as part of his efforts to support Paul’s agenda. People were speaking of how they were going to change the Republican Party. This writer is reserving judgment on whether that is possible.
People had a number of ideas to publicize Paul’s candidacy. A couple of representatives were there from an organization called Skytypers, offering a “low cost” way to skywrite messages over events. Philip Stinis of Skytypers said the company used patented eco-friendly vapors. He also said this could also be used for independent candidates who wanted to get out their messages. This writer did not see a list of the chemicals, but it is an indication that people, distrusting the media, are coming up with solutions to get out the word about Paul.
The event was put together on short notice in a large venue with standing room only. Robert Scheer has encouraged people to reregister to vote for Ron Paul. If the votes are counted, and there is always a question about that, Ron Paul could conceivably win California.
May 7, 2012
Ruth Hull is the chairman of a liberal Democratic club. She has organized major political events and helped elect some of the most liberal politicians in America. Her career has included work as a criminal defense attorney, a licensed private investigator, an educator and a writer.
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Last October, Obama told ABC News:
“The most important thing we can do right now is those of us in leadership letting people know that we understand their struggles and we are on their side, and that we want to set up a system in which hard work, responsibility, doing what you’re supposed to do, is rewarded.”
“And that people who are irresponsible, who are reckless, who don’t feel a sense of obligation to their communities and their companies and their workers that those folks aren’t rewarded.”
His key words were: “we are on their side.”
At the same time, FBI, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Secret Service agents were working cooperatively with local authorities to infiltrate, disrupt, subvert, and destroy the movement in cities nationwide.
Celebratory hope accompanied Obama’s election. After campaigning on a promise of hope and change, betrayal followed. He expanded the worst Bush policies. He usurped unbridled powers.
In June 2010, ACLU executive director Anthony Romero said Obama “disgusted” him. Civil liberty infringements got worse. Rule of law principles faded.
Last year, Yale Law Professor Jack Balkin said “(w)e are witnessing the bipartisan normalization and legitimization of a national security state.”
His administration created a “parallel track of preventative law enforcement that bypasses traditional protections in the Bill of Rights.”
In December 2008, before he took office, James Petras called him “the greatest con man in recent history.” He compared him to Melville’s Confidence Man. “He catches your eye while he picks your pocket.” He promises one thing and delivers another consistently on issues mattering most.
A November 2008 Robert Fitch speech to the Harlem Tenants Association revealed much about lay ahead. He said Chicago urban planners yearned to make the city’s south side developed like northern areas.
Demolitions for gentrification were wanted. Poor folks had to be driven out. Most were Black. As an Illinois state senator, Obama represented a targeted community. His “core financial supporters” and “inmost circle of advisors” stood to profit.
“Obama’s political base comes primarily from Chicago FIRE – finance, insurance and real estate industry” officials. Other key supporters included liberal foundations, elite universities, NGO community developers, and “real estate reverends who (preach and) produce market rate housing” at the expense of poor people kicked out for beneficiaries.
Together Fitch called them “Friendly FIRE….disguised by the camouflage of community uplift, augmented by the authority of academia, greased by billions in foundation grants, and wired” to provisions of the Community Reinvestment Act of 1995.</blockquote>
Obama was their guy, a front man. As president, Chicago style hope and change repeated across America. Before taking office in January 2009, Fitch saw what lay ahead. He wasn’t alone.
The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) is a public service legal organization. It’s “dedicated to the defense of human and civil rights secured by law, the protection of free speech and dissent, and the elimination of prejudice and discrimination. Among the PCJF cases are constitutional law, civil rights, women’s rights, economic justice matters and Freedom of Information Act cases.”
Its work includes “landmark constitutional rights litigation, often concentrated in the areas of free speech, assembly or other protected political organizing activity.”
According to PCJF’s executive director Mara Verheyden-Hilliard:
“The major defining feature of the Obama administration on (core constitutional issues) is the eagerness with which it embraced the stunning evisceration of civil rights and liberties that was a hallmark of the Bush administration, and then deepened those outrageous programs. He has successfully counted on the acquiescent silence of the liberals.”
In March, PCJF obtained heavily redacted Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requested documents. They showed federal agencies began “coordinated intelligence gathering and operations on” OWS last September.
On September 17, 2011, protests began in New York’s Zuccotti Park. Secret Service agents were there covertly. DHS was also involved.
Documents show its top officials “were preoccupied with the Occupy movement and have gone out of their way to project the appearance of an absence of federal involvement in the monitoring of and crackdown on Occupy.”
“On the street it would be called “Three Card Monte,” a swindler’s game to hide the ball — a game of misdirection. The House always wins.”
Before Zuccotti Park’s first demonstration, the DHS Office Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) prepared National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration (NCCIC) alerts about planned OWS demonstrations.
At issue is ongoing spying since 9/11. America became a total surveillance society. Millions are covertly watched. Their communications are monitored, including phone calls, emails, and other online activity. Doing so alerted authorities about coming plans. They were ready well in advance.
In response to FOIA, press, and public inquiries of its involvement, one DHS official wrote:
“I understand we have already received some FOIA requests regarding our possible reporting of the ‘Occupy’….protests.”
“I think should the FOIA experts find it appropriate to release information about the manner in which this issue was managed with DHS, it could only be perceived as a positive by those in the public who closely (observe) the Department.”
DHS tried to evade and obstruct a complete FOIA search to conceal its disruptive and coordinated activities with other federal agencies and local authorities.
On April 30, PCJF “updated and made public the largest and most comprehensive” ever FOIA obtained DC police documents. Years of hard fought litigation got them. Washington police operate under a “cloak of secrecy.” Sunshine revealed some of what it conceals.
Society’s most disadvantaged are harmed. It’s true across America. DC is a microcosm of authoritarian police serving powerful interests at the expense of ordinary people. Willful legal violations occur. No one’s held accountable. Anyone challenging the system is targeted.
In part, PCJF cracked the District of Columbia government’s wall of secrecy. A trove of materials were gotten and made public. PCJF called obtaining them “historic.”
On May 3, PCJF headlined, “DHS Releases More Documents on Occupy to PCJF.” They reveal “massive (federal) nationwide” OWS monitoring and information sharing between DHS and local authorities.
According to Verheyden-Hilliard:
“These documents show not only intense government monitoring and coordination in response to the Occupy Movement, but reveal a glimpse into the interior of a vast, tentacled, national intelligence and domestic spying network that the US government operates against its own people.”
“These heavily redacted documents don’t tell the full story. They are likely only a subset of responsive materials and the PCJF continues to fight for a complete release. They scratch the surface of a mass intelligence network” apparatus operating against the interests of ordinary Americans.
Documents gotten reveal “intense” federal monitoring of OWS activities. Those involved are identified to include names, addresses, and other relevant information. NORTHCOM’s kept informed ahead of planned demonstrations.
DHS stays in direct communication with the White House regarding ongoing operations and approved “public statements denying DHS’s involvement in Occupy actions.”
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano runs its anti-OWS operations along with FBI and other federal agency officials. Obama appointed her.
The man who told ABC News “we are on their side,” in fact, oversees a plan to disrupt, subvert, and destroy what they’re working for. Imagine what’s ahead in a second term if he’s reelected.
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This will be added to a total citywide lock-down, complete with Military Choppers, snipers, biometric face scanning technology, and checkpoints. Welcome Oceania Army?
CHICAGO (CBS) – Some stations on the Metra Electric Line and South Shore Line could be shut down during the upcoming NATO summit, and passengers at other stations could face airport-style security screenings, due to the Secret Service security plan that could be released as soon as Friday afternoon.
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine has exclusive details on those security measures, which the Secret Service is expected to officially unveil on Friday, or at the very latest, on Monday. Federal officials have promised the announcement will include a “comprehensive list of street closures and parking restrictions surrounding the NATO summit.”
The Secret Service has been battling with Metra and the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District over the security measures that will be needed on the Electric and South Shore lines, which both run directly under McCormick Place.
Metra and NICTD won round one of that battle, as trains on those two lines will continue to operate during the summit, although there will be significant delays at times, with trains possibly being stopped for security screening before passing McCormick Place.
The commuter rail agencies are still in talks with the Secret Service over major security measures for passengers, including airport-style screening of all riders during the summit. That would mean commuters on those lines would face patdowns, X-ray screenings, and long security lines at their stations before boarding trains.
The Secret Service initially wanted all trains to stop short of McCormick Place, with shuttle buses taking passengers around the summit site.
Then they talked about canine units conducting searches on trains, which would be halted before reaching McCormick Place.
Now, the Secret Service is planning for airport-style security screening at a limited number of stations on those two train lines. Many other stations on the Electric and South Shore lines – serving the South Side, southern suburbs and northwest Indiana – would be shut down during the summit.
Neither Metra nor the Secret Service will talk about the security measures yet. But sources said, with just over two weeks until the summit, nothing has been decided.
Earlier this week, Chicago police handled hundreds of May Day demonstrators marching from the West Side into the Loop, successfully containing the crowd with no arrests or injuries.
Many called it a trial run or dress rehearsal for NATO – for both police and protesters.
What most people didn’t see were all the CTA buses quietly re-routed around the demonstrations and marches, which will also be part of a CTA strategy to be announced after the Secret Service restrictions released.
The CTA plan will encourage commuters to use its rail lines, all of which will operate with full service. Many of its buses will not.
There will be what the CTA calls “hard closures” of bus routes affected by the security perimeter; and “soft rolling closures,” or temporary delays on other bus lines – like there were during Tuesday’s protest march – to wait for passing motorcades, parades, or demonstrations.
The CTA said bus managers and volunteers will be on the street at bus stops to help riders cope with the three-day detours.
What we’re hearing is that the CTA, RTA, and most other local agencies have been told to wait for the Secret Service announcement, before revealing their own plans.
That hints at an avalanche of information coming out about summit plans right after the feds break their silence and post all the security restrictions on various websites.
The tentative plan had that happening at around 6 p.m. Friday, but that could change.
Florida is just one major incident away from tough gun laws…
Tallahassee, Florida (Reuters) – Florida Governor Rick Scott has shot down a request by Tampa’s mayor to allow local authorities to ban guns from the city’s downtown during the Republican National Convention in August.
Citing Second Amendment protections in the U.S. Constitution, Scott told Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn that conventions and guns have co-existed since the nation’s birth and would continue to do so during the four-day event beginning August 27.
“It is unclear how disarming law abiding citizens would better protect them from the dangers and threats posed by those who would flout the law,” the Republican governor said in a letter on Tuesday.
Local officials need Scott’s permission to enact the temporary restrictions after state lawmakers last year passed a measure that prohibits local governments from adopting gun ordinances that are stricter than state law.
Florida has some of the most lenient gun laws in the United States and by some counts leads the nation in gun ownership, with about 6.5 percent of all adults licensed to carry a concealed weapon, state records show.
New applications for concealed gun permits have quadrupled since 1998.
In a letter to Scott, Buckhorn said the Tampa City Council had banned a host of items from the area surrounding the convention facility, a list that includes water guns, poles and pieces of wood.
“One noticeable item missing from the city’s temporary ordinance is firearms,” Buckhorn wrote. “In the potentially contentious environment surrounding the RNC, a firearm unnecessarily increases the threat of imminent harm and injury to the residents and visitors to the city.”
Scott said he was confident law enforcement officials, who are expected to number nearly 4,000, would be able to protect the public without having to enforce a blanket gun ban.
That city officials have banned other items is irrelevant, he said.
“The choice to allow the government to ban sticks, poles but not firearms, is one that the people made in enacting their state and federal constitutions,” Scott wrote.
Weapons will not be allowed in the convention center itself or in the immediate area surrounding the site. Security in that venue is being handled by the U.S. Secret Service.
The City Council wants to extend the restrictions to all of downtown, including areas that have been designated zones for protesters expected at the event.
“As governor, you have the duty to meet dangers presented by events such as the RNC where there is a threat of substantial injury and harm to Florida residents and visitors to the state,” Buckhorn wrote.
Are these men protecting the elite or are they Pimping for them?
“The Secret Service takes all allegations of misconduct seriously,” Donovan said. “These personnel changes will not affect the comprehensive security plan that has been prepared in advance of the President’s trip.”
Adler said the entire unit was recalled for purposes of the investigation. The Secret Service “responded appropriately” and is “looking at a very serious allegation,” he said, adding that the agency “needs to properly investigate and fairly ascertain the merits of the allegations.”
The Washington Post was alerted to the investigation by Ronald Kessler, a former Post reporter and author of several nonfiction books, including the book “In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes With Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect.”
Kessler said he was told that a dozen agents had been removed from the trip. He added that soliciting prostitution is considered inappropriate by the Secret Service, even though it is legal in Colombia when conducted in designated “tolerance zones.” However, Kessler added, several of the agents involved are married.
There have been other incidents involving Obama’s security detail over the past year.
In November, Christopher W. Deedy, a federal agent with the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, was charged with second-degree murder after shooting a man during a dispute outside a McDonald’s in Honolulu. Though Deedy was off-duty at the time, he was on the island to provide advance security arrangements for Obama’s trip to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
In August, Daniel L. Valencia, a Secret Service agent, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in Decorah, Iowa, where he was helping arrange security for Obama’s bus trip through three Midwestern states. Valencia, who was off-duty at the time of the arrest, was recently sentenced to two days in jail with credit for time served, and a fine of $1,250.
And in light of Obama’s new laws against protesting while the SS is present, its not only “welfare” – it’s anti 1st amendment to have your SS guards present. – Regardless, Dr Paul does need security!
Ron Paul said Tuesday he doesn’t want any Secret Service protection because it’s “a form a welfare.”
“It’s a form of welfare,” the presidential candidate told comedian Jay Leno Tuesday. “You know, you’re having the taxpayers pay to take care of somebody and I’m an ordinary citizen and I would think I should pay for my own protection and it costs, I think, more than $50,000 a day to protect those individuals. It’s a lot of money.”
But while he might be opposed to having some extra protection, that doesn’t mean Paul doesn’t have a Secret Service code name picked out for himself.
“Bulldog,” the Texas congressman promptly answered when Leno asked what top-secret moniker he would want.
“I go after the Fed and all that big spending,” a smiling Paul explained, doing his best to look tough by waving a clenched fist.
Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have chosen the code names “Javelin” and “Petrus” for themselves, respectively, according to a report this week.
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With the stroke of a pen, President Obama signed bill HR 347 into law earlier this month. With that move, Obama made it a felony to express freedom of speech in America. The Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act that effortlessly passed the House and the Senate is a law that most Americans don’t know about but could put them behind bars for up to 10 years. The law states it is a prosecutable offense to without lawful authority enter a building or grounds of a special event of national significance or enter a building or grounds where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting. David Seaman, journalist and host of the DL Show, joins us to talk about how, along with the NDAA, HR 347 is detrimental to the First Amendment.