Dozens of members of militia groups
by ZERO HEDGE | JULY 29, 2014
With 1000s of illegal immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border every day (perhaps even more now some of the border has been washed away), the government quietly dumping them in Tennessee (among other places), and current (recently constructed border protection infrastructure already breaking down), it appears the American people are taking matters into their own hands. Photos showing dozens of members of militia groups on the U.S.-Mexico border carrying semi-automatic rifles and wearing masks, camouflage and tactical gear provide one of the first glimpses into the group’s activities on the border. The groups, includingOathkeepers, Three Percenters and Patriots, began recruiting and organizing more than a month ago and recent Facebook entries provide more color on their perspective: “You see an illegal. You point your gun dead at him, right between his eyes, and you say, ‘Get back across the border or you will be shot.’ …We are not worried about an ‘International’ incident.”
It appears the American people is growing frustrated as the government’s inaction… or in some cases action…
As Fox reports, the Obama administration recently released 760 illegal immigrant children to sponsors in the Volunteer State without any warning, the governor charged.
There was not so much as a text message or tweet.
“It is unacceptable that we became aware via a posting on the HHS website that 760 unaccompanied children have been released by the Office of Refugee Resettlement to sponsors in Tennessee without my administration’s knowledge,” the governor wrote in a strongly-worded letter to President Obama.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement says sponsors are typically a parent or relative who can care for the illegal immigrant child while their immigration case is processed. All sponsors are required to undergo background checks.
It’s also unclear why the ORR is handling the children – since they are illegal immigrants and not refugees.
It’s been the Obama administration’s standard operating procedure to release the illegals into states without notifying local or state government officials.
And the current government-provided border protection infrastructure is already breaking down…
An unusual amount of rain that ravaged parts of southern Arizona also knocked down 60 feet of the rebar-reinforced steel fence that divides the U.S. and Mexico.
The storms began Friday in Sonora, Mexico, and resumed Saturday night until Sunday morning, when debris from the Mexican side of the border traveled through a wash and piled up against the border fence. The fence, just west of the Nogales-Mariposa Port of Entry near Interstate 19, stood between 18 and 26 feet high and extended at least 7 feet underground.
The fence was built in 2011. It is constantly monitored by agents because smugglers and others who attempt to cross illegally routinely try to breach or knock down parts of it.
“It had a lot of water behind it, and it just pushed the fence straight down,” said John Hays, floodplain coordinator for the Santa Cruz County Flood Control District. “If you’re fencing is tight enough to catch debris, it basically becomes a dam. It’s not meant to withstand those loads of water.”
Hays said the fence appears to have floodgates, but they did not open.
So a number of locals have taken the challenge upon themselves. As Chron reports, photos showing dozens of members of militia groups on the U.S.-Mexico border carrying semi-automatic rifles and wearing masks, camouflage and tactical gear provide one of the first glimpses into the group’s activities on the border.
Members of the militia groups, who say they have 10 active “teams” along the state’s southern border, are seen at campsites, walking along the Rio Grande River, pointing rifles and pistols out of frame and flipping off the camera in the photos obtained by the San Antonio Express-News.
A spokesperson for the group provided the photos under the condition that members’ faces be blurred because of fear of being identified by “cartel and gang members.”
The groups, including Oathkeepers, Three Percenters and Patriots, began recruiting and organizing more than a month ago, as national media outlets began focusing on an influx of Central American immigrants illegally crossing the border, including more than 50,000 unaccompanied minors.
Some Facebook comments from members of the militias indicate the groups are not fearful of using force.
“(Rules of Engagement) is if in fear of bodily injury, weapons free, if fired upon, return fire. Real simple,” member KC Massey posted along with a photo on Facebook. “We are not worried about an “International” incident if they shoot at us.”
In an interview with the Express-News, Chris Davis, commander of the militia’s “Operation Secure Our Border: Laredo Sector”, who is seen in some of the photos, said members would secure the border in a “legal and lawful manner.”
However, in a since-deleted 21-minute YouTube video of Davis, he said: “How? You see an illegal. You point your gun dead at him, right between his eyes, and you say, ‘Get back across the border or you will be shot.’”
State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, denounced the militia groups in a statement, saying “pointing guns at children solves nothing.”
“Local law enforcement and federal border patrol agents have been clear. The presence of these outside independent militia groups does nothing to secure the border; it only creates an unsafe situation for law enforcement officials that are protecting our communities. Unfortunately, the vile rhetoric of my opponent inspires misguided efforts,” said Van de Putte, who is running against state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, for lieutenant governor.
In a raid seeking information related to Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, Chinese hackers infiltrated the databases of three Jewish defense contractors.
In addition to taking information on the Iron Dome, the attackers were also able to nab plans regarding other projects – including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, ballistic rockets, and “detailed schematics and specifications” for the Arrow III missile interceptor.
According to independent journalist Brian Krebs, the intrusion occurred between 2011 and 2012 and was carried out by China’s infamous “Comment Crew” – a group of cyber warriors linked to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
In May, the United States charged five members of this group with cyber espionage against American computer networks. The hackers reportedly infiltrated US systems in order to “steal information that would provide an economic advantage” for Chinese companies, including “Chinese state-owned enterprises.”
Although it’s unclear exactly how much data the hackers were able to obtain, Maryland-based intelligence firm Cyber Engineering Services (Cyber ESI) identified more than 700 documents that were stolen. The real number is believed to be much higher.
Speaking to Business Insider, University of California researcher Jon Lindsay said the intrusion could signal that the Chinese are interested in learning more about missile defense – which is considered notoriously difficult to become proficient in – but it could also be an extension of Beijing’s typical cyber espionage practices.
“The Chinese style of espionage is more like a vacuum cleaner than a closely-directed telescope,” Lindsay said. “They go after a lot of different kinds of targets — the leaders in any particular industry.”
As the news outlet speculated, Chinese interest in the Iron Dome could have been triggered by the missile shield’s success during Israel’s battle with Hamas in 2012. Krebs noted that Israel claims the Iron Dome has intercepted one-fifth of the 2,000-plus rockets fired their way in the most recent outbreak of violence.
An Israeli soldier walks near the launcher of an Iron Dome missile interceptor battery deployed in the southern Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon (Reuters/Amir Cohen)An Israeli soldier walks near the launcher of an Iron Dome missile interceptor battery deployed in the southern Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon (Reuters/Amir Cohen)
Regarding the hack, one of the Israeli defense firms involved declined to say whether any of its partners in the US were alerted to the security breach, which is notable considering that Congress has delivered hundreds of millions of dollars to Tel Aviv in Iron Dome funding.
“At the time, the issue was treated as required by the applicable rules and procedures,” Eliana Fishler, a spokesperson for the defense firm Israel Aerospace Industries, said to Krebs. “The information was reported to the appropriate authorities. IAI undertook corrective actions in order to prevent such incidents in the future.”
Meanwhile, CyberESI CEO Joseph Drissel explained that much of the stolen information was restricted by the US State Department.
“Most of the technology in the Arrow 3 wasn’t designed by Israel, but by Boeing and other U.S. defense contractors,” he told Krebs. “We transferred this technology to them, and they coughed it all up. In the process, they essentially gave up a bunch of stuff that’s probably being used in our systems as well.”
Of course, the US has accused Beijing of this type of espionage before, even outside of the five Chinese officials charged in May. As RT reported in June, American cyber security company CrowdStrike said that one unit within the PLA has been linked to seven years of hacking against the US aerospace industry. This information was shared with US intelligence agencies as well as the Justice Department.
For its part, China has consistently denied allegations of hacking, often claiming that it is subject to numerous cyber attacks from the United States.
Yep, the United States is so racist that Kanye West was able to become a multi-multi millionaire here. He probably does need to travel more to find out how little racism affects success in the United States compared to most of the rest of the world. This reminds me of when Johnny Depp said he and his family were moving to Paris, France because the United States was too violent. Then the reality of Muslim riots in Paris with many cars being burned each night set in. Remember that? Yeah, after a few years Depp moved back to the States. Kanye West leaving the U.S. because it is so racist? The U.S. is so racist that it allows you to come and go as you please on your own private jet Kanye. What an elitist ignoramus.
Recently, rapper and egomaniac Kanye West made headlines after a racist comment was directed at his fiancé Kim Kardashian. The incident led to Kanye punching a teenager in the face.
According to reports, Kim was entering a medical building in California when the teenager called her a “n-word” lover. After being told that he should not use the word, the teenager allegedly threatened to murder Kim.
When Kanye heard of the news, he walked up to the teen and punched him in the face. Now, it appears that the rapper is threatening to leave the United States, claiming that he is dreading explaining to his daughter the negativity in American culture, society, and history.
According to West, “we’ve got enough money to buy our own island or some sh*t. I’ll be damned if I raise my daughter around ignorance and flat-out blatant racism.
By Stephen Dinan-The Washington Times Monday, July 28, 2014
Illegal immigrants picketed the White House Monday afternoon, calling on fellow immigrant-rights advocacy groups to refuse to meet with the Obama administration until President Obama specifically includes illegal immigrants in any future meetings.
“We are among the millions of people who will either benefit or be harmed by the decisions the President makes, and we are here to represent ourselves in any future negotiations,” said Rosi Carrasco, one of organizers, in a statement announcing the action.
The groups are fighting to keep momentum in the immigration debate, which has seemingly turned against them in recent weeks as Mr. Obama tries to deal with the surge of illegal immigrant children and families across the border.
That has complicated the president’s stated desire to claim executive powers to halt even more deportations for illegal immigrants already in the interior of the U.S.
The immigration advocates had hoped he would halt all or most deportations, but Mr. Obama is under pressure to get tougher on illegal immigration in order to avoid sending the wrong message to Central Americans who are surging across the border, hoping to gain a foothold in the U.S.
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Networks Condemn Attack on U.N. School in Gaza, Ignore Hamas Hiding Rockets in Schools
By Kyle Drennen | July 25, 2014 | 15:44
While all three networks denounced the shelling of a U.N. school in Gaza on Thursday, NBC, ABC and CBS all failed to report on similar U.N. schools in the war-torn territory being used to hide Hamas rockets. As Fox News reported on Tuesday, “The U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said the rockets were found in between two other UNRWA schools that are being used to host 1,500 displaced people.”
On Wednesday’s Special Report, anchor Bret Baier read a statement from the office of the U.N. Secretary General condemning Hamas for the action. Panelist Charles Krauthammer blasted the international organization: “The U.N. workers, UNRWA, have collaborated with Hamas for years and years. They know that there are missiles in the schools, in the hospitals, in the mosques, and they know what’s going to happen. Kids will be killed and that’s going to be on television.” [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]
Krauthammer also took the media to task: “The U.N. is so committed to the Palestinian cause, and in this case, the Hamas cause, that it doesn’t even care about appearances. And after all, who, but you, and a few other outlets, are gonna report it? How many have reported the rockets in the school?” Baier responded: “I don’t know. But it’s not many, I guarantee you that.”
The answer is none when it comes to the Big Three networks.
Despite the nonexistent coverage of Hamas using U.N. schools to conceal weapons, Thursday’s network evening newscasts seized on the opportunity to lambast Israel over the school that was hit – though it remains unclear who was responsible. [Listen to the audio]
On NBC Nightly News, chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel proclaimed: “This school was a designated refugee center run by the U.N. The U.N. says it was hit without warning and that there’s no evidence weapons were inside.” He talked to United Nations Relief and Works Agency operations director Robert Turner and asked: “Were militants operating inside this school?” Turner replied: “No, we are very, very strict about the neutrality of our installations. It’s just civilians.”
Engel never challenged the claim of “strict neutrality” despite Hamas rockets having been found in other U.N. schools just days earlier.
On ABC’s World News, anchor Diane Sawyer described “a strike on a U.N. shelter, where families were huddled inside.” In the report that followed, correspondent David Wright declared: “They had sought refuge from this war at a U.N. school. Today their safe haven came under attack.”
Like NBC, a sound bite was featured of Turner from UNRWA lamenting: “Where else can these people go? We are the refuge of last resort for them. If they are not safe with us, where are they safe?”
Again, no mention of U.N. facilities being used by Hamas to store weapons.
Opening CBS Evening News, anchor Scott Pelley announced: “Tonight, death in a safe haven. Shells hit a U.N. school in Gaza where civilians had taken shelter from the war.” Correspondent Barry Peterson stated: “Eight days ago, residents took shelter at the U.N. school as a safe haven. Some were still there after the attack. The U.N. said it gave GPS coordinates of the school to both Hamas and the Israelis to help arrange a humanitarian cease-fire for an evacuation.”
No mention of rockets in U.N. schools, but Petersen did find time to dismiss Israel’s suggestion that Hamas may have been responsible for the bombing: “…it’s sort of inconsistent with what we were hearing from the survivors….We asked Hamas, and Hamas said the eyewitnesses say it was Israeli artillery and, says Hamas, they speak the truth.”
Here are full transcripts of the July 24 evening news reports:
NBC Nightly News
7:00 AM ET TEASE:
BRIAN WILLIAMS: Direct hit on a United Nations school in Gaza. Many dead and injured, including women and children. And now the question, were they warned to get out?
7:05 PM ET SEGMENT:
WILLIAMS: Now to the ongoing fighting in the Middle East. The Israeli assault on Gaza in response to that rocket barrage. It claimed more civilians today, many of them women and children. At least sixteen Palestinians killed in a school in Gaza they thought was safer than staying in their homes. Our chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel in Gaza City for us again tonight. Richard, good evening.
RICHARD ENGEL: Good evening, Brian. This school was a designated refugee center run by the U.N. The U.N. says it was hit without warning and that there’s no evidence weapons were inside. Israel is investigating.
Witnesses say five explosions tore through this U.N.-run school in northern Gaza. The playground took a direct hit. An outdoor class was soaked in blood.
At a nearby hospital, ambulance after ambulance brought in the injured, mostly children, before going back for more. Six-month-old Ahmed had shrapnel in his back. Doctors with little time and few supplies removed the sharp metal without anesthetics. Nearby, Ahmed’s father, Muntusser, described the moment when his six children were “blown away,” he says, “like scraps of paper.”
The hospital was overwhelmed by the flow of injured. None of them accepts Israel’s claim that it does its best to spare the innocent.
UNIDENTIFIED: That’s a responsible thing?! To kill the children, the old women?! The children are, what?!
ENGEL: Robert Turner is the director of the U.N. agency that operates the school in Gaza. Do you know who struck this facility?
ROBERT TURNER: Well, we can’t say with certainty. The initial indication would be that it came from Israeli forces.
ENGEL: NBC’s Kate Snow spoke with the Israeli military’s official spokesman.
LT. COL. PETER LERNER [ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES]: Indeed, there is a possibility that there was a loose mortar that mis-shot.
KATE SNOW: If you knew that there were women and children staying in this shelter, why not just avoid that area?
LERNER: The terrorists determine where they meet us.
ENGEL: Were militants operating inside this school?
TURNER: No, we are very, very strict about the neutrality of our installations. It’s just civilians.
ENGEL: Schools like the one hit today have become a refuge for civilians. They believe the U.N. logo will protect them. But this is the fourth attack on a U.N. school in four days. For the wounded and the dead today, there was no protection at all.
This incident has sparked anger among Palestinians who until now have not been involved in this conflict. Thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank tonight marched toward Jerusalem. There were violent clashes, several Palestinians have been killed. And more demonstrations are expected tomorrow, the Muslim holy day of prayer. Brian?
WILLIAMS: Richard Engel in Gaza for us once again tonight. Richard, thanks.
6:37 PM ET
DIANE SAWYER: And now we head overseas to the conflict in the Middle East. Tonight, U.S. airlines are starting to fly into Tel Aviv once more. That 48-hour ban has been lifted.
But searing news is pouring in of another deadly hit in Gaza. This time, a strike on a U.N. shelter, where families were huddled inside. ABC’s David Wright is on the ground in Gaza for us tonight.
DAVID WRIGHT: Today at Jabalia Hospital, there were so many casualties, they had to stack them two to a bed. Mothers and grandmothers and grandchildren. They had sought refuge from this war at a U.N. school. Today their safe haven came under attack.
This is one of the smaller local hospitals, but you can see how stretched they are for resources. Only thirteen beds in this emergency room. Today, they got more than seventy injured, many of them just children. This father begged the busy doctors to please tend to his son. The boy is thirteen years old. In all, more than a hundred injured, sixteen dead in this one attack alone.
And this is where it happened. The buildings, clearly marked with U.N. colors, blue and white. We saw shrapnel in the courtyard, and blood. But no one here. The refugees fled, leaving their few belongings behind. Stray horses rummaged through them for food.
The U.N. is outraged, telling us they passed the school’s location to Israeli forces thirteen times, including this morning.
ROBERT TURNER [DIRECTOR, UNRWA OPERATIONS]: Where else can these people go? We are the refuge of last resort for them. If they are not safe with us, where are they safe?
WRIGHT: But Israel says it warned the U.N. to evacuate this particular school. That it had strike militant targets nearby, as part of its effort to stop Hamas from firing rockets into Israel. Of course, the people had nowhere to go. And tonight, these children are homeless again. David Wright, ABC news, Beit Hanoun, Gaza.
CBS Evening News
6:30 PM ET TEASE:
SCOTT PELLEY: Tonight, death in a safe haven. Shells hit a U.N. school in Gaza where civilians had taken shelter from the war. Barry Petersen is there.
BARRY PETERSEN: The hospital was overwhelmed. From everything we’ve seen, most of the casualties are children and women.
6:31 PM ET SEGMENT:
PELLEY: There was no escaping the war today, not for the Palestinians who sought shelter in a United Nations school in the northern Gaza Strip. The school was hit by shells. Each side – the Israelis and the Palestinians – is blaming the other. Palestinian officials say at least fifteen people were killed, dozens more were wounded. We have two reports tonight. First, Barry Petersen in Gaza.
BARRY PETERSEN: There was only one question amid the chaos – how does this kind of war makes sense? A child, who looked to be in shock. Two children brought in together. They looked bewildered. When we first saw seven-year-old Shahed, she seemed unconscious. But then a good sign, opened her eyes.
The hospital was overwhelmed. From everything we’ve seen, most of the casualties are children and women. Ibrahim Shinbari lost three cousins, his son wounded. “No warning,” he said. “No warning.”
Eight days ago, residents took shelter at the U.N. school as a safe haven. Some were still there after the attack. The U.N. said it gave GPS coordinates of the school to both Hamas and the Israelis to help arrange a humanitarian cease-fire for an evacuation. Survivors said they were told to gather in the courtyard to leave. They did, and then – “Suddenly, shells came down on us,” he said. “We ran in every direction – children, women, everyone running.”
Tonight end ended, as so many now do in Gaza, with one more question. “They killed our son,” she said, “what do we do now?” And from a grandfather to his grandson, with one more last farewell.
PELLEY: Barry, no one in authority is claiming to know what happened exactly, but the Israelis have suggested it could have been Hamas fire that hit the school. What is Hamas saying?
PETERSEN: Well, it’s sort of inconsistent with what we were hearing from the survivors. The survivors talked nothing about any kind of firefight going on. It was peaceful. They were gathering in the courtyard when the shells came in. We asked Hamas, and Hamas said the eyewitnesses say it was Israeli artillery and, says Hamas, they speak the truth.
PELLEY: Barry Petersen reporting from Gaza again tonight. Barry, thank you.
The Sunday cable news shows are a weekend staple among Washington D.C.’s movers and shakers, an audience that is jealously guarded by the top networks and coveted by those scrambling to catch up.
“Fox News Sunday’s” big D.C. win over NBC’s “Meet The Press” last Sunday is a big deal — and a possible sign that the Sunday news hierarchy is shifting.
Nielsen Media Research reports that Fox’s flagship Sunday program, headed by Chris Wallace, beat out “Meet The Press” in every Washington ratings category for the first time in nearly seven years.
107,000 people tuned in to watch Wallace, including 41,000 in the all-important 25 to 54 demographic. NBC’s David Gregory could only muster 73,000 viewers, with just 33,000 in the 25 to 54 age group.
The two shows extensively covered the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza, with both newscasters interviewing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Washington’s politicos and leading lawmakers apparently preferred Wallace’s interview and exposition of the crisis.
“Fox News Sunday” has slowly gained ground on “Meet The Press” throughout the year — beating the NBC program in the 25 to 54 demographic in April, winning out in total viewership in early May and earning more total households than “Meet The Press” in June.
Fox also beat out ABC’s “This Week” and CBS’ “Face The Nation” across the board in Washington last Sunday, a rare feat for a Sunday show that often places near the bottom of the ratings pack.
“Meet The Press” has long been dominant on the national scene, even more so in Washington. But under David Gregory’s leadership that dominance has been in decline.
And new reports claiming NBC is seriously considering firing the hapless television host may have hastened his D.C. ratings slide. Nobody — particularly in Washington — wants to watch a loser.