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PUBLISHED: 09:15 EST, 19 September 2014 | UPDATED: 12:39 EST, 19 September 2014

An airliner-sized Navy surveillance drone made its first transcontinental flight Wednesday night, flying 11 hours across the United States before landing Thursday morning at a Navy base in Maryland.
The cross-country test was the first for the MQ-4C Triton, which will play a role in the Navy’s planned Broad Area Maritime Surveillance program.
The Triton left from an airfield in Palmdale, California, at Northrop Grumman, which manufactures the aircraft, crossing the Gulf of Mexico before tracking up the Atlantic coast and landing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland.
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Safe landing: The massive MQ-4C landed Thursday morning in Maryland after flying overnight from California, showing off the long-range capabilities of the aircraft
Safe landing: The massive MQ-4C landed Thursday morning in Maryland after flying overnight from California, showing off the long-range capabilities of the aircraft
A Navy press release stated that the unmanned aircraft flew above 50,000 feet to avoid commercial air traffic and that after 11 hours and 3,290 miles landed safely in Maryland.
MQ-4C Triton
Wingspan: 130.9ft (39.9m)
Length: 47.6ft (14.5m)
Height: 15.4ft (4.6m)
Gross Take-off Weight: 32,250lbs (14,628kg)
Max. Internal Payload: 3,200lbs (1,452kg)
Max. External Payload: 2,400lbs (1,089kg)
Max. Altitude: 56,500ft (17.22km)
Max. Velocity: 331 knots
Max. Flight Endurance: 28 hours
• Rolls-Royce AE3007H turbofan engine
• 360-degree field of regard sensors
• Multi-function electronically steered radar
• Electro-optical and infrared targeting system
• Electronic Support Measures to track and identify electronic signals
(source: Northrop Grumman)
The Washington Post reports that the drone can provide blanket surveillance for the Navy as part of the branch’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance program.
Triton uses ‘radar, infrared sensors and advanced cameras to provide full-motion video and photographs’ to Navy personnel.

Coverage: Unmanned aircraft do the ‘dull, dirty or dangerous’ work for the military, including surveillance of large swaths of empty ocean
Coverage: Unmanned aircraft do the ‘dull, dirty or dangerous’ work for the military, including surveillance of large swaths of empty ocean
Big bird: The largest Boeing 737s have a wingspan of 112 feet, which can’t compete with the 130-foot wings of the MQ-4C Triton
Big bird: The largest Boeing 737s have a wingspan of 112 feet, which can’t compete with the 130-foot wings of the MQ-4C Triton
According to Ars Technica, the Navy is also looking for carrier-based attack drones, with Naval Air Systems Command soliciting proposals for an unmanned aircraft capable of both surveillance and air strikes in April.
Surveillance drones have attracted their share of criticism as the military has been reluctant to offer transparency on their use or safety record.
The ACLU says both the military and the FAA refuse to release data on drone crashes.
In 2012, a RQ-4A Global Hawk, an earlier unmanned aircraft built by Northrop Grumman, crashed during training exercises in an unpopulated area near Naval Air Station Patuxent River.

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Gun control is population control

By Brian Anderson
September 17, 2014

The great thing about arguing gun control with leftist ninnies is that you don’t have to argue at all; they talk themselves into a corner leaving us pro-2A types free to sit back and laugh. Yesterday at a Navy Yard shooting memorial Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray made an impassioned speech about the need for more gun control, all the while providing proof that tough gun laws do nothing to reduce crime.

“Residents of our city lost friends and neighbors; they lost mothers and fathers; they lost colleagues and they lost fellow church members,” said Gray.

But how can this be? Washington DC has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. Until recently, handguns were completely banned and the carrying of firearms was prohibited. If gun control laws work, wouldn’t DC be the safest place in the country?

“Our country is drowning in a sea of guns,” continued Gray stealing his material from President Obama.

DC should be an island oasis of safety in this sea of guns because of all the restriction placed on law-abiding citizens, right? Not so fast, Gray brought up the murder of a 14-year old on the streets of DC.

“Senseless gun violence like this is an all-too fact of life here in the District of Columbia and in the nation’s big cities. But it’s a fact of life that we need to stop accepting,” Gray said, continuing, “Why is it that these tragic occurrences never seem to move us any closer to ensure that guns don’t get in the hands of criminals or people who are mentally unstable?”

Wait a second, is he saying that all of DC’s unconstitutional anti-gun laws don’t keep firearms out of the hands of criminals? How’s that for a complete lack of self-awareness?

To hell with the fact that DC’s gun control laws have failed to create a safe city, Gray wants even more restrictions because they are bound to work eventually. He’s even calling for a “holistic” approach to gun control, but doesn’t explain what that is. I am assuming it involves granola, crystals, and yoga.

Unfortunately for the good Mayor, some pesky activist judges have forced the his city to fall into compliance with the 2nd Amendment by saying handgun bans and denying citizens their right to self-defense are unconstitutional. To this, Gray says:

“Those laws are tough laws, and the laws of others are now under attack by Second Amendment advocates who believe in putting the rights of gun owners before community safety.”

To be fair, denying people their 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms hasn’t proven to be a great community safety insurance policy in places like DC and Chicago where guns are severely restricted and the bodies keep piling up.

Gray finishes off his rant with a revised version of the Navy Yard shooting:

“Guns are not the answer, ladies and gentlemen. Guns would not have saved the victims of the Navy Yard.”

From Wikipedia:

Eventually, Alexis jumped out from one of the desks and fired at DeSantis from approximately five feet away, shooting him once in his tactical vest, and the three officers returned fire. DeSantis was uninjured by the gunshot. At 9:25 a.m., Alexis was fatally shot in the head by DeSantis during the gunfight, and his death was later confirmed at 11:50 a.m. [my emphasis]

Guns in the hands of the good guys definitely stopped Aaron Alexis from claiming more victims in his rampage, so it’s not hard to imagine that guns in the hands of office workers could have saved some or all of the 12 victims that day. It’s just too bad the Navy Yard was a “gun-free zone” in the city of DC that, at the time, banned all civilians from concealed carry and a right to self-defense.

Eight bodies found after attack on Guinea Ebola education team

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Eight bodies, including those of three journalists, were found after an attack on a team trying to educate locals on the risks of the Ebola virus in a remote area of southeastern Guinea, a government spokesman said on Thursday.

“The eight bodies were found in the village latrine. Three of them had their throats slit,”Damantang Albert Camara told Reuters by telephone in Conakry.

However, Guinea’s Prime Minister Mohamed Saïd Fofana, speaking in a television message that had been recorded earlier, said 7 bodies of 9 missing people had been found.

He said six people have been arrested following the incident, which took place on Tuesday in Wome, a village close to the town of Nzerekore, in Guinea’s southeast, where Ebola was first identified in March.

Since then the virus has killed some 2,630 people and infected at least 5,357 people, according to World Health Organization (WHO), mostly in Guinea, neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia. It has also spread to Senegal and Nigeria.

Authorities in the region are faced with widespread fears, misinformation and stigma among residents of the affected countries, complicating efforts to contain the highly contagious disease.

Fofana said the team that included local administrators, two medical officers, a preacher and three accompanying journalists, was attacked by a hostile stone-throwing crowd from the village when they tried to inform people about Ebola.

He said it was regrettable that the incident occurred as the international community was mobilizing to help countries struggling to contain the disease.

U.N. to deploy ebola mission

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a “threat to international peace and security” as the death toll hit 2,630 and France became the latest Western nation to step up its support.

French President Francois Hollande announced the deployment of a military hospital to the remote Forest Region of southeastern Guinea, where the outbreak was first detected in March.

With fragile West African healthcare systems overrun by the outbreak, Hollande said France’s response would not be limited to contributing to $194 million in aid promised by European Union nations.

“We must save lives,” Hollande told a news conference. “I have asked the defense minister to coordinate this action and to include military doctors and the civil protection agency plus air support.”

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday he will create a special mission to combat the disease and deployed staff in the worst-affected states.

“The gravity and scale of the situation now require a level of international action unprecedented for a health emergency,” Ban said. He added that he will appoint a special envoy to head the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, which will push a “rapid and massive mobilization” of people, material and financial resources.

“This international mission … will have five priorities: stopping the outbreak, treating the infected, ensuring essential services, preserving stability and preventing further outbreaks,” Ban told an emergency session of the Security Council.

Speed is of essence

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said a surge of support could help turn things around for the roughly 22 million people in the hardest-hit countries, whose lives and societies have been shattered by the disease.

“In the hardest hit countries, an exponentially rising caseload threatens to push governments to the brink of state failure,” Chan said during the session of the 15-member council.

The Security Council also adopted a resolution that also calls on states “to lift general travel and border restrictions, imposed as a result of the Ebola outbreak and that contribute to the further isolation of the affected countries and undermine their efforts to respond.”

Joanne Liu, international president for medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres called on member states and others to follow the lead of countries that have committed to join the fight against Ebola.

“We need concrete action on the ground now. Speed is of the essence,” Liu said.

“Although dangerously late, the pledges such as those of the U.S. and UK are ambitious, but they must be implemented now. We do not have months or even weeks to wait. Thousands of lives are at stake,” she said, adding that other countries must commit to deploying assets and staff as soon as possible.

U.S. President Barack Obama, calling the disease a threat to global security, promised this week the deployment of 3,000 U.S. troops to help contain the epidemic. Britain also announced on Wednesday it would provide a further 700 treatment beds in Sierra Leone, its former colony.

One of the most deadly diseases, there is no known cure for the hemorrhagic fever, though development of several treatments and vaccines is being fast-tracked.

The WHO warned on Thursday there were no signs yet of the outbreak slowing, particularly in the three countries hardest hit. It said a surge in Liberia was being driven by an increase in the number of cases in the capital, Monrovia, where 1,210 bed spaces were urgently needed – five times the current capacity.

A U.S. C-17 military aircraft landed in Monrovia international airport on Thursday with a team of engineers to assess the capacity of the runway to handle large planes.

The U.S. plan will include the construction in Liberia – the country hit hardest by the outbreak – of 17 Ebola treatment centers with 100 beds each, plus training thousands of healthcare workers.

French forces will be based in an area where authorities are battling fears and stigma about the highly contagious disease.

In a rare piece of good news, the latest data showed no new deaths in Sierra Leone in the one day since the previous update.

The government in Sierra Leone has locked down the country, limiting movements for three days from midnight on Thursday. It said extreme measures are needed to contain the outbreak.

“Avoid touching each other, avoid eating bush meat, avoid visiting the sick, avoid attending funerals, report illnesses and deaths to the nearest health facility,” President Ernest Bai Koroma said in an address to the nation ahead of the start of the lockdown.

“We know some of the things we are asking you to do are difficult. But life is better than these difficulties,” he said.

However, many people fear the decision will bring more hardship to a nation that is already one of the poorest on earth and critics also question whether it will even be effective.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah): Four Terrorists Captured on US Border on September 10 – Day Before 9-11 (Video)

by Duane Lester

The only surprising part of this story? They were caught:

Rep. Chaffetz told Megyn Kelly there were four terrorists arrested crossing the US border in Texas on September 10.

“There were actually four individuals trying to cross through the Texas border, who were apprehended at two different stations, that do have ties to known terrorist organizations in the Middle East.”

They’re here. There’s more than four already in the country.

You know this. I know this. It’s the Obama administration that doesn’t, or doesn’t want to admit it for political reasons.

Breitbart has more:

During a House Homeland Security Committee hearing today focused on worldwide threats to America, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), asked DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson whether he is “aware of any apprehensions of suspected or known terrorists” who have attempted to enter the U.S. illegally during his tenure as homeland security chief. Johnson was sworn inas the fourth DHS secretary on December 23, 2013.

Rep. Chaffetz, who serves on the homeland security panel’s Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, clarified that he was referring to whether known terrorists, suspected terrorists, or individuals with ties to terrorist organizations have been arrested trying to come into the country illegally.

“Sitting here right now, no specific case comes to mind,” responded Johnson. “That doesn’t mean there is none.”

If we had an honest media, this would be on more than Fox.

We don’t, sadly.