WERE SLEDGEHAMMER ATTACKS RACIALLY-MOTIVATED?

Crime may fit pattern of downplayed black on white crime

Some are questioning whether a series of hammer attacks which took place near Las Vegas last Friday were motivated by racial factors, a distinction which would add it to the growing list of black on white crimes garnering little to no attention in the mainstream press.

Las Vegas resident Damien Robins, 31, faces six attempted murder charges and one count of assault with a deadly weapon after he launched a series of random assaults last Friday on drivers in Boulder City, carrying out multiple sledgehammer attacks on nearly 10 people within the course of an hour.

Fox 5 Vegas reports:

[Henderson Police Department spokesperson Keith] Paul said the incident started in Boulder City around 8 p.m. Friday when Robins is accused of attacking a woman in a car with a one-handed sledgehammer in a convenience store parking lot. He then attacked two elderly people in the parking lot of a Boulder City auto parts store, according to Paul.

Next, police said Robins ran a driver off the road on U.S. 93 and hit the male driver several times with the hammer. Authorities said after that attack, Robins drove off and ran another driver off the roadway and attacked that driver with the hammer.
Attack victim Nicole Thompson (pictured below) told CBS affiliate 8 News Now she pleaded for her life as Robins smashed out her windows and proceeded to hit her in the head.

27-year-old sledgehammer attack victim Nicole Thompson told news outlets she told attacker, “I don’t want to die.” / Credit: 8NewsNow.com
27-year-old sledgehammer attack victim Nicole Thompson told news outlets she told attacker, “I don’t want to die.” / Credit: 8NewsNow.com

“He got out, holding something, a hammer in his hand,” Thompson said. “So, I was saying ‘Please, you have the wrong person, please, please, please,’ and he started hitting the car. I just started telling him you know, I don’t want to die, I have a child at home, and he just started hitting me in the face.”

“He was just crazed,” she said. “I don’t know, he was just going and just hitting me.”

Maggie McDonald says Robins attacked her sister through a Taco Bell drive-thru window. / Credit: Fox5Vegas.com
Witness Maggie McDonald says Robins attacked her sister through a Taco Bell drive-thru window. / Credit: Fox5Vegas.com

While police are still reportedly seeking a motive, one plausible explanation is that the attacks were motivated by race.

As we have witnessed in the past, the corporate media routinely underreports crimes perpetrated by black citizens in which the victim is white, while on the other hand, white on black crimes are magnified in order to promote the theory that blacks face a growing hate crimes threat from whites, serving to further incite racial tensions.

“In reality, crime statistics drawn from Justice Department and FBI figures show that ‘Blacks are an estimated 39 times more likely to commit violent crime against a white person than vice versa, and 136 times more likely to commit robbery,’” Paul Joseph Watson reported in 2013.

Last year following the acquittal of Trayvon Martin murder suspect George Zimmerman, we documented a rash of unprovoked black on white attacks which received little to no mainstream media attention aside from sites like WND, Drudge Report and Infowars.

trayvon1We reported on accusations leveled against the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in July 2013 claiming it helped cover up the hate crime murder of two white brothers who were possibly attacked due to a bumper sticker on their truck that read “Free Zimmerman.”

We also reported on the beating of a white conservative journalist and filmmaker who said he was approached repeatedly by protestors demanding he stop filming. The journalist said he was surrounded by an angry mob and attacked by an interminable number of people before he was able to fend them off.

Even before Zimmerman’s case went to trial, we documented a spate of violent incidents that were conducted in the name of “Justice for Trayvon.”

In April 2012, Matthew Owens was seriously injured in Mobile, Alabama, after “about 20 African American adults beat Owens — who is white — into a bloody pulp with brass knuckles, pipes and even paint cans,” according to the Huffington Post. “Now that’s justice for Trayvon,” said one of the assailants.

Also in 2012, the Toledo Blade reported that a 78 year old man was attacked by a gang of thugs. “While Mr. Watts was down the boys kicked him, over and over, shouting, ‘[Get] that white [man]. This is for Trayvon … Trayvon lives, white [man]. Kill that white [man],’ according to a police report,” the newspaper reported.

The media’s latest racial exploitation revolves around the August 2014 police shooting death of Ferguson, Missouri teen Michael Brown, where the press’s slanted coverage has driven protesters into a frenzy, with some issuing calls to launch unprovoked attacks on white people, despite evidence emerging which suggests the cop who shot the teen may have been justified in doing so.

QURAN 16:106

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From President To Dictator… The Path Taken To Get There…

There is a famous saying that you never truly appreciate the things you have until you lose them. So many of us appreciate our lives while so many take them for granted. We don’t think about walking unless we lose our legs to walk. For over two hundred years we have been blessed with leaders who loved this country. We assumed that our elected officials loved this country just as we did. The thought of a traitor being in office wasn’t a thought or possibility. Well let’s just consider that possibility, and think about the danger that comes with it.

The President appoints the head of every department crucial to the infrastructure of this country. He appoints the head of the DOJ, Department of Homeland Security, IRS, FCC, and the list goes on. The president of ABC and CBS both have brothers that have served as top officials in the Obama administration. Does anyone see the danger here? You control department heads, and you don’t have to worry about those departments. You don’t have to worry about the FBI showing up at the White House because the head of the DOJ is at your dinner table laughing at your stupid jokes. The mainstream media will not do stories about pedophiles or mass murder in the Middle East. They will tell stories of Ebola just to distract you from ISIS. The days of assuming our President loves this country must stop. Not only Obama but every President who follows.

The President should never have the power to appoint any position other than his cabinet. When you apply for a job your resume is screened, and then you go through the interview process. A company is trying to find the right person for the job. Many jobs today do a background check to see if you will be a safe hire. How did five supporters of the Muslim brotherhood get appointed to key roles in our Department of Homeland Security? They should have been screened, and never allowed into a government office. Every department head should have to apply, and go through a thorough screening by congress before being hired into a position. History shows that power can be very dangerous in the wrong hands. Obama has built a wall of protection around him. He shows very little concern when facing the latest scandal. He said screw the constitution while doing as he wants. The only thing left is to enact martial law to get complete control. Law makers must hold this man accountable for the many laws being broke. If they don’t we will find ourselves under the control of a dictator. God bless each and everyone… Semper Fi, Shep

FBI director wants access to encrypt Apple, Google users’ data, demands law ‘fix’

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The FBI director has slammed Apple and Google for offering their customers encryption technology that protects users’ privacy. “Deeply concerned” James Comey wants to push on Congress to “fix” laws to ensure police can still access private data.

“It’s the equivalent of a closet that can’t be opened. A safe that can’t be cracked,” Comey, speaking at the Brookings Institute in Washington DC, referred to the encryption technology calling the new service “a marketing pitch.”

“But it will have very serious consequences for law enforcement and national security agencies at all levels,” he warned.

Apple has recently presented its latest Mac OS X operating system for desktop and laptop computers, encouraging its customers to use FileVault disk encryption technology to keep their data secure. The tool would also prevent NSA or FBI from having access to phones and computers.

Google said it wanted to follow suit with its Android operating system and “encryption will be enabled by default.”

If a customer does not decline the encryption offer, his or her computer or phone will be locked.

This means that the companies will not be able to unlock a phone or a hard drive to reveal photos, documents, e-mail or recordings stored within.

“Criminals and terrorists would like nothing more than for us to miss out,” Comey said, adding that encrypted information on “a bad guy’s phone has the potential to create a black hole for law enforcement.”

“Justice may be denied because of a locked phone or an encrypted hard drive,” he said.

READ MORE: Mass internet surveillance is ‘corrosive of online privacy’ – UN report

While law enforcements would still be able to intercept conversations, it would be impossible to access call data, contacts, photos and emails.

Comey believes that “encryption threatens to lead all of us to a very dark place,” while the companies argue that it is a necessary option that will protect customers from unlawful surveillance and private data access.

Edward Snowden’s revelations have provoked the US tech companies to find better protection for personal information.

Comey acknowledged: “The post-Snowden pendulum has swung too far in one direction—in a direction of fear and mistrust.”

“Some believe that the FBI has these phenomenal capabilities to access any information at any time—that we can get what we want, when we want it, by flipping some sort of switch,” he said. “It may be true in the movies or on TV. It is simply not the case in real life.”

The FBI director would like to see changes made to the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, or CALEA, “enacted 20 years ago—a lifetime in the internet age.”

Companies like Apple or Google, should be required to build lawful intercept capabilities for law enforcement, Comey says.

“We aren’t seeking to expand our authority to intercept communications,” he said. “We are struggling to keep up with changing technology and to maintain our ability to actually collect the communications we are authorized to intercept.”

CALEA only covers landline and cellphone companies, broadband services or internet phone services, which connect with traditional phones.

“We also need a regulatory or legislative fix,” Comey said, “so that all communication service providers are held to the same standard.”

Comey’s speech was not the first time he lashed out at Apple and Google for encrypting smartphones. In September, he told reporters in Washington that the encrypting technology offered by the companies, powering nearly 95 percent of the smart phones in the United States, severely hinder law enforcement operations.

FBI DIRECTOR: IF APPLE AND GOOGLE WON’T DECRYPT PHONES, WE’LL FORCE THEM TO

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Comey went ballistic on Apple and Google’s decision to make everything more private

Everyone is stoked that the latest versions of iOS and Android will (finally) encrypt all the information on your smartphone by default. Except, of course, the FBI: Today, its director spent an hour attacking the companies and the very idea of encryption, even suggesting that Congress should pass a law banning the practice of default encryption.

It’s of course no secret that James Comey and the FBI hate the prospect of “going dark,” the idea that law enforcement simply doesn’t have the technical capability to track criminals (and the average person) because of all those goddamn apps, encryption, wifi network switching, and different carriers.

ENCRYPTION THREATENS TO LEAD ALL OF US TO A VERY DARK PLACE
It’s a problem that the FBI has been dealing with for too long (in Comey’s eyes, at least). Today, Comey went ballistic on Apple and Google’s recent decision to make everything just a little more private.

“Encryption isn’t just a technical feature; it’s a marketing pitch … it’s the equivalent of a closet that can’t be opened. A safe that can’t be cracked. And my question is, at what cost?” Comey said. “Both companies [Apple and Google] are run by good people, responding to what they perceive is a market demand. But the place they are leading us is one we shouldn’t go to without careful thought and debate.”

In a tightly moderated speech and discussion at the Brookings Institution—not one technical expert or privacy expert was asked to participate; however, several questions from the audience came from privacy-minded individuals—Comey railed on the “post-Snowden” world that has arisen since people began caring about their privacy.

CONGRESS MIGHT HAVE TO FORCE THIS ON COMPANIES
Comey’s speech and thinking was out-of-touch and off on many levels: He continually referred to potential “bad guys” as the only ones using encryption, and suggested that, with default encryption, people who are wrongly arrested won’t be able to unlock data within their phones that could exonerate them.

Comey also said, in all seriousness, that the FBI has “FOMO” on catching predators, just like the kids.

“With Going Dark, those of us in law enforcement and public safety have a major fear of missing out—missing out on predators who exploit the most vulnerable among us … kids call this FOMO,” he said.

Comey kept referring to the “debate” and “national conversation” that needs to be had regarding widespread encryption. That conversation, in Comey’s mind, should stop and start with the idea that there must be a “front door” means for the FBI, NSA, and other law enforcement agencies to blast through encryption. In other words, companies should be “developing [law enforcement] intercept solutions during the design phase,” a proposition that, beyond making encryption useless, is potentially not even technically feasible.

“Congress might have to force this on companies,” he said. “Maybe they’ll take the hint and do it themselves.”

Comey repeatedly noted that Apple and Google are simply responding to the “market” and consumer demand, as any good capitalist company would do. But he noted that encryption is not really what people should want, lest the “bad guys” win.

“If the challenges of real-time interception threaten to leave us in the dark, encryption threatens to lead all of us to a very dark place,” he said. “Perhaps it’s time to suggest that the post-Snowden pendulum has swung too far in one direction—in a direction of fear and mistrust.”

It’s absolutely worth noting that this out-of-control pendulum has so corrupted the thinking of the people that Congress has found it prudent to not pass a single law, not do a single thing, to reign in government mass surveillance, despite Comey’s goal of real-time interception essentially amounting to the ability to peek into anyone’s phone as they use it.

“It might be time to ask: Where are we, as a society? Are we no longer a country governed by the rule of law, where no one is above or beyond that law?,” he said, without irony. “Are we so mistrustful of government—and of law enforcement—that we are willing to let bad guys walk away?”

It also might be time to ask: Are the people chosen to run our law enforcement agencies so out of touch with the American people that they believe that only “bad guys” want privacy?

FBI ASKS PUBLIC TO HELP IDENTIFY HOMEGROWN TERRORISTS

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FBI warns of impending attack

By Jason Meisner,
Tribune reporter

FBI: We need your help to identify homegrown terrorists
One day after a Bolingbrook teen was accused in federal court in Chicago of plotting to travel to the Middle East and join Islamic State, the FBI is asking for the public’s help to identify other individuals who have traveled — or are planning to travel — overseas to fight alongside terrorist organizations.

“We need the public’s assistance in identifying U.S. persons going to fight overseas with terrorist groups or who are returning home from fighting overseas,” Michael Steinbach, assistant director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, said in a statement posted Tuesday afternoon on the bureau’s website.

The posting also asked for information on the identity of an English-speaking man and others seen in a propaganda video released last month by Islamic State.

In the 55-minute video, a masked man alternates between English and Arabic in pro-Islamic State pronouncements that are intended to appeal to a Western audience, the FBI said.

“Dressed in desert camouflage and wearing a shoulder holster, the masked man can be seen standing in front of purported prisoners as they dig their own graves and then later presiding over their executions,” the FBI said. His accent is believed to be North American.

“We’re hoping that someone might recognize this individual and provide us with key pieces of information,” Steinbach said. “No piece of information is too small.”

Bolingbrook man arrested at O’Hare on terrorism charges
A Bolingbrook teen was arrested at O’Hare International Airport over the weekend on charges he was attempting to travel overseas to join the Islamic State terrorist group, federal authorities said today.
Submit a tip online at http://www.fbi.gov/ISILtips or by calling 1-800-CALL-FBI.

The move comes as U.S. national security and counterterrorism officials have voiced growing concerns over radicalized Americans traveling overseas to join Islamic State. The terrorist group has killed thousands while taking over swaths of Syria and Iraq and has released a series of videos showing the beheadings of Americans and other captives.

In an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday, FBI Director James Comey, who has said about a dozen Americans were believed to be fighting in Syria, described such homegrown terrorists as “troubled souls” who “engage in jihad after emerging from their basement.”

On Saturday, the FBI arrested Mohammed Hamzah Khan, 19, at O’Hare International Airport as he tried to board a flight to Vienna with plans to connect to Turkey, authorities said.

A criminal complaint filed against the Bolingbrook teen detailed his alleged plans to join Islamic State. Authorities charged he had a contact to take him across the Syrian border to the terrorist organization’s stronghold and had left a letter for his parents explaining his motivations.

“We are all witness that the western societies are getting more immoral day by day,” Khan wrote in the three-page letter discovered in his bedroom, according to charges filed in federal court. “I do not want my kids being exposed to filth like this.”

FBI agents also found handwritten documents that expressed support for the terrorist group. One drawing appeared to be of an armed fighter with an Islamic State flag with words written in Arabic saying, “Come to Jihad.” Other drawings showed an arrow pointing from the border of Turkey into Iraq and Syria, according to the complaint.

Khorasan terrorists will attack US ‘very, very soon,’ FBI director warns

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The Khorasan Group, the Al-Qaeda-linked cell that just landed on the US intelligence radar last month, allegedly has Americans in its ranks fighting in the Middle East whom the FBI cannot prevent from re-entering the country.

Last month, the world was introduced to yet another terrorist group – the Khorasan Group – a veteran group of Al-Qaeda-affiliated radicals purportedly running amok in the Middle East, which the head of the FBI says is “bent on destruction” – and most specifically in the United States.

“Khorasan was working and you know, may still be working on an effort to attack the United States or our allies, and looking to do it very, very soon,” James Comey said in an interview with 60 Minutes, a CBS news program.

The FBI chief, who has kept a low profile since becoming head of the internal intelligence agency last year, refused to put a time stamp on when an attack would occur.

“I can’t sit here and tell you whether it’s their plan is tomorrow or three weeks or three months from now,” he said. “Given our visibility we know they’re serious people, bent on destruction. And so we have to act as if it’s coming tomorrow.”

Perhaps most shocking, Comey revealed that there are about “a dozen or so” American citizens fighting in Syria on the side of Islamic fundamentalist groups. Moreover, the government knows the identity of the individuals who, as American passport holders, are free to reenter the United States.

“Ultimately, an American citizen, unless their passport’s revoked, is entitled to come back. So, someone who’s fought with ISIL, with American passport wants to come back, we will track them very carefully,” he said.

Comey admitted that he knew the identity of the Americans fighting alongside radical groups in the Middle East, while suggesting there could be others he is unaware of added, “I hesitate only because I don’t know what I don’t know.”

For many Americans, such revelations may sound incredible for a group that nobody had heard of before the United States starting bombing northern Syria last month.

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While all of the media chatter prior to the September 22 aerial attacks in northern Syria focused on eliminating the Islamic State (IS formerly ISIS/ISIL), the US Department of Defense announced the next day that it is attacking other groups in Syria as well.

“Separately, the United States has also taken action to disrupt the imminent attack plotting against the United States and Western interests conducted by a network of seasoned Al-Qaeda veterans – sometimes referred to as the Khorasan Group – who have established a safe haven in Syria to develop external attacks, construct and test improvised explosive devices and recruit Westerners to conduct operations,” the statement said.

Journalist Glenn Greenwald argued that the Obama administration, lacking justification for a bombing campaign in Syria, was forced to invent the group.

Obama administration officials “suddenly began spoon-feeding their favorite media organizations and national security journalists tales of a secret group that was even scarier and more threatening than ISIS, one that posed a direct and immediate threat to the American Homeland,” Greenwald wrote in the Intercept.

The Khorasan Group suddenly appeared on the scene on September 13, as first detailed by Associated Press and anonymous US sources:

“While the Islamic State is getting the most attention now, another band of extremists [Khorasan] in Syria — a mix of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe — poses a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, working with Yemeni bomb-makers to target US aviation, American officials say.”

What is the ultimate purpose of this shadowy group?

According to the AP report, the Khorasan militants did not travel to Syria to fight the government of President Bashar Assad, but rather “they were sent by Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri to recruit Europeans and Americans whose passports allow them to board a US-bound airliner with less scrutiny from security officials.”

That is a threat the FBI chief, considering the destruction that terrorists wrought on the United States on September 11, 2001, will certainly be taking very seriously.