Drones over La La Land for bomb & hostage situations

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will employ a $10,000 drone to help deputies during search and rescue missions, bomb threats, fires and similar situations. The unmanned aerial system will not be used for surveillance, the agency promised.

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On Thursday, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell announced that his department (LACSD) has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use an unmanned aerial system (UAS), or drone, for law enforcement operations. The LACSD is one of about 300 policing agencies across the US that have been granted an FAA “certificate of authorization” to use a UAS, according to the Los Angeles Times.

LACSD will use the UAS for a variety of missions, including: “search and rescue, explosive ordnance detection, hazardous materials incidents, disaster response, arson fires, hostage rescue, and barricaded, armed suspects.”

Suspicious device calls exemplify a prime opportunity to leverage the UAS, the LACSD said. The department fields about 600 “suspicious or unattended package/device calls” each year that require attention from the LACSD’s bomb squad, the sheriff’s office said.

“The dangers of law enforcement can never be eliminated,” said McDonnell. “However, this technology can assist us in reducing the impact of risks on personnel and allow us to perform operations to enhance public safety.”

During Thursday’s announcement, McDonnell repeatedly stressed that the UAS will not be used to surveil the public, the LA Times reported.

“The [UAS] will not be used to spy on the public,” McDonnell said, according to the LA Times, carefully avoiding the term ‘drone’ throughout the news conference. “Our policy forbids using [the UAS] for random surveillance.”

The UAS can fly for about 20 minutes at at time and up to a mile away from one of the eight deputies trained to control it, said Capt. Jack Ewell, of the LACSD Special Enforcement Bureau, which is tasked with guiding usage of the UAS.

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FAA rules demand that the LACSD operator of the UAS must maintain visible contact with the drone during any of its flights. The LACSD must also notify the FAA when the drone will be airborne, where it will be, and why it will be used.

Though the LACSD said it submitted to the FAA a list of tasks for the UAS that did not include surveillance, the FAA said it cannot ultimately regulate how the drone is used.

“We don’t prohibit the type of flight activity that a law enforcement agency conducts,” Ian Gregor, an FAA spokesman, told the LA Times. “We do have limitations on the conditions under which a drone can fly.”

‘Mission Creep’

An attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation expressed concern about possible “mission creep” in how the LACSD will employ drones.

“We’ve heard a million times that a tool is acquired to do one thing, and then it’s used to do the next thing,” Adam Schwartz said, according to the LA Times. “We are very concerned that whatever the rules are now, with the stroke of a pen, they get deployed to some new and more disturbing purpose.”

In 2014, the Los Angeles Police Department acquired two drones from the Seattle Police Department, to much consternation of locals. Opposition to the drones’ usage quickly coalesced, as protesters calling for a “drone-free LAPD” worried that the department, with a “history of lies, brutality, and violence against communities,” would use the drones to expand its weapons and surveillance capabilities.

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In 2015, North Dakota became the first state to authorize law enforcement agencies to equip drones with non-lethal weapons, such as tasers and tear gas.

Drone use to control populations is a trend passed from US military counterterrorism operations to American law enforcement agencies, says Hamid Khan, an organizer with the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition.

It was “only a matter of time when War Abroad becomes War at Home,” he told the Center for Media Justice a year ago.

“The War on Terror unleashed battle tested technology and equipment to become an integral part of monitoring and policing people all across the US,” he said.

FBI DELETES DETAILS ABOUT HACKING EFFORT IN DOCUMENT RELEASE

FBI bypassed Apple’s digital locks

BY ERIC TUCKER

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI has released 100 pages of heavily censored documents related to its agreement with an unidentified vendor to hack into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters, but it did not identify whom it paid to perform the work or how much it cost.

The records were provided Friday in response to a federal lawsuit filed against the FBI by The Associated Press, Vice Media and Gannett, the parent company of USA Today.

The media organizations sued in September to learn how much the FBI paid and who it hired to break into the phone of Syed Rizwan Farook, who along with his wife killed 14 people at a holiday gathering of county workers in December 2015. The FBI for weeks had maintained that only Apple Inc. could access the information on its phone, which was protected by encryption, but ultimately broke or bypassed Apple’s digital locks with the help of an unnamed third party.

The FBI, in its records release Friday, censored critical details that would have shown how much the FBI paid, whom it hired and how it opened the phone. The files had been marked “secret” before they were turned over under the lawsuit.

The files make clear that the FBI signed a nondisclosure agreement with the vendor. The records also show that the FBI received at least three inquiries from companies interested in developing a product to unlock the phone, but none had the ability to come up with a solution fast enough for the FBI.

The FBI also said in contracting documents that it did not solicit competing bids or proposals because it thought widely disclosing the bureau’s needs could harm national security.

The lawsuit was filed months after the FBI’s sudden announcement in March that it had purchased a tool from an unidentified third party to open Farook’s phone. The disclosure aborted a court fight that began when a federal judge had directed Apple to help the FBI break into the phone.

The suit by the media organizations argued there was no legal basis to withhold the information and challenged the adequacy of the FBI’s search for relevant records. It also said the public had a right to know whether the vendor has adequate security measures, is a proper recipient of government funds and will act only in the public interest.

In refusing to provide the records, the FBI said the records had been compiled for law enforcement purposes and might interfere with ongoing enforcement proceedings, even though at the time the shooters were both dead and there were no indications others were involved.

It was the third lawsuit the AP has filed against the Obama administration under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.

California DMV licensed 800,000 illegals under 2-year-old law…

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BY TATIANA SANCHEZ

On the day that California officials implemented a controversial law that allows undocumented residents to obtain driver’s licenses, DMV offices throughout the state were packed with immigrants looking to take advantage of the opportunity.

Two years after the implementation of AB 60 on Jan. 1, 2015, an estimated 806,000 undocumented residents have received driver’s licenses, according to Department of Motor Vehicles statistics this month. About 14,000 of these licenses were issued in November alone, the DMV said.

The law has allowed undocumented residents to come out of the shadows and drive safely in their neighborhoods, according to Maricela Gutierrez, executive director of the immigration advocacy organization, SIREN.

“Many of them have been able to drive their kids to school and to run errands, when many times they were taking buses that would take them up to three hours to get from point A to point B,” she said. “It opened up new opportunities.”

One San Jose resident who applied for a license just a few days after AB 60 went into effect received his license in the mail shortly after.

“It’s a completely different feeling because you no longer have to worry about seeing a police car,” said the 46-year-old, who asked to be identified only by his first name, Ramon. “You’re much more at peace when you drive. You can drive long distances with your family — to Disneyland or to the Monterey Bay Aquarium — with confidence. You don’t live in fear.”

But as President-elect Donald Trump, who vowed an illegal immigration crackdown as a candidate, prepares to take office, the law is coming under renewed scrutiny.

Many of those who received driver’s licenses under the law now fear they’ll become deportation targets if federal immigration authorities can access their DMV information, despite assurances from state officials that it won’t happen.

“We have definitely been hearing about a lot of fear from our community, especially with a new administration coming on board and the anti-immigrant rhetoric that’s been out there,” said Gutierrez. “Everything is theoretical as we speak, but we are definitely taking precautions.”

The organization hosts workshops to inform immigrants of their rights and has advised AB 60 recipients to be cautious on the road.

The law aimed to ease deportation fears that proved a barrier for undocumented residents to be tested and licensed to drive, a potential safety concern in a state that is home to an estimated 3 million illegal immigrants. Access to a license also makes it easier for those residents to find work and put their kids in public school.

Opponents argued the law would weaken immigration enforcement and questioned the public safety benefit, noting it didn’t guarantee undocumented immigrants receiving licenses would buy auto insurance.

Critics also point to another state “motor-voter” law, AB 1461, that starting in 2017 will automatically register most licensed California drivers to vote, arguing it could lead to election fraud if non-citizens barred from voting in federal elections become registered. State officials said there are safeguards in the system to prevent undocumented licensees from being registered to vote.

The DMV said law enforcement agencies, including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, can obtain driver’s license information — such as name, gender/description, address, date of birth and driver license number — through certain data-sharing systems. But the information doesn’t indicate their immigration status or whether they received licenses under AB60.

“The California Department of Motor Vehicles takes very seriously the protection of personal information for all license holders,” the DMV said in a statement Tuesday following concerns about personal information being released to authorities.

DMV officials also said “the President cannot unilaterally repeal AB 60 and AB 1461.”

California lawmakers have vowed to protect the rights of all immigrants, no matter their legal status.

“I have spoken to the Governor’s Office, the DMV and leaders of both houses, and all are committed to protecting all the information submitted to the DMV by AB60 applicants,” said former Assemblyman and Monterey County Supervisor-Elect Luis Alejo, who authored AB 60. “California is ready to fight back against anti-immigrant policies by the Trump administration. We are doing everything possible to ensure that AB60 remains a success story in our state.”

To qualify for a driver’s license under AB 60, applicants must prove their identity and residency in California; pass the written exam and a driving test; submit thumbprints and show proof of insurance, among other requirements. AB 60 licenses are marked with the words, “federal limits apply.” They have language on them indicating that the card is for driving purposes only and may not be used for identification.

 

Dem. Rep: I Will Not Work With Donald Trump

flyswater 1 

Then she needs another job
mike smith

LMAO she can suck a big black caucus
Follow My Logic

Another liberal asshole…. What a surprise…. How do dumb asses like this get elected to office? Their dumb ass constituents maybe? Yep….
lSirCumference

Calling names…. like deplorables? goodbye maxine walters your finished
joe45678tc

All these no name, irrelevant politicians that have zero influence get lured onto the hoaxing media to make the smoker from Honolulu look like he has so many friends standing up for him.
Brick Mudge

“I will not work with the President” = “Treason”
David Kell

Why are this woman’s eyebrows in the middle of her forehead??
dabo does

vote this devil out next election
raedwulfone

She must have something she is hiding??

 

New AG Can ‘Flip the Switch’ To Stop Funding Sanctuary Cities, Says Texas Congressman

BY BOB PRICE

HOUSTON, Texas – The Trump Administration will be able to “flip the switch” on federal funding to the nation’s top-ten sanctuary jurisdictions on day one, says U.S. Representative John Culberson (R-TX).

Speaking to a group of supporters in Houston this week, Culberson said existing law allows the Trump Administration to not only stop future funding to these jurisdictions, but actually take back past funding. Culberson, who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science, said he has briefed members of the Trump transition team about the report from the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Inspector General (OIG) that details the defunding process.

Using the “power of the purse” entrusted to Congress, Culberson told the gathered supporters he has been able to “step on the air hose” of the DOJ and force the certification of ten sanctuary jurisdictions as not being in compliance with 8 U.S.C. § 1373, an existing law that requires 100 percent cooperation from local and state jurisdictions in order to receive DOJ grant funding.

The report from the OIG report states:

Section 1373 states in relevant part:

(a) In General. Notwithstanding any other provision of Federal, State, or local law, a Federal, State, or local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any· government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status,
lawful or unlawful, of any individual.

(b) Additional authority of government entities. Notwithstanding any other provision of Federal, State, or local law, no person or agency may prohibit, or in any way restrict, a Federal, State, or local government entity from doing any of the following with respect to information regarding the immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual:

( 1) Sending such information to, or requesting or receiving such information from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
(2) Maintaining such information.
(3) Exchanging such information with any other Federal, State, or local government entity.

The report continues, explaining the legislative intent of the law to be, “to prevent any State or local law, ordinance, executive order, policy, constitutional provision, or decision of any Federal or State court that prohibits or in any way restricts any communication between State and local officials and the INS.”

“99 percent is not good enough,” Culberson stated. “These jurisdictions must cooperate 100 percent in order to qualify for these DOJ grants. They must choose between protecting illegal aliens and receiving federal funds.”

The Texas congressman has effectively used the congressional power of the appropriations committee to force the Obama Administration’s DOJ to take the action of certifying ten jurisdictions as not being in compliance. The result is, those jurisdictions have been notified they must change their policies or they will not be eligible for the DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs’ (OJP) grants.

Those jurisdictions certified as not being in compliance are:

  • The State of Connecticut
  • The State of California
  • Orleans Parish, Louisiana
  • New York City
  • Philadelphia
  • Cook County, Illinois
  • Miami-Dade County, Florida
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Clark County, Nevada

The DOJ states these jurisdictions received 65 percent of the awards by the OJP in FY2015 through March 2016.

Top Ten Sancturary Jurisdiction Funds

“It is not just future funds that are at risk for these sanctuary jurisdictions,” the chairman stated. “The DOJ can force them to reimburse funds received from these grant programs in the past. This means, the State of California could be forced to repay the more than $3 billion in grants received over the past 10 years.”

Culberson said that other committee chairmen have approached him following his success with “standing on the air hose” of the DOJ. He said he has reviewed the process with them and the same type of pressure can be applied for funding outside of the DOJ by other agencies.

The table is set for the new Attorney General to defund these ten sanctuary jurisdictions because of Culberson’s work.

“The timing on this action by the DOJ is perfect,” Culberson told Breitbart Texas in November. “The new administration can go right to work to force these jurisdictions to comply or simply choose to stop receiving federal money.”

BITTER: Congressman begs Electoral College voters to block Trump…

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BY DANIEL HALPER

A Democratic lawmaker is desperately lobbying the Electoral College to shun Donald Trump, and vote for Hillary Clinton — even though he conceded Monday that the Republican won the election “fair and square.”

The plea from Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) comes a week before the Dec. 19 vote, which is expected to affirm the results of the Nov. 8 election, in which Trump beat Clinton with 306 Electoral College votes.

“We’re 5 wks from Inauguration & the President Elect is completely unhinged. The electoral college must do what it was designed for,” Himes wrote Sunday night on Twitter in response to Trump’s gripe that NBC “Nightly News” is “biased, inaccurate and bad, point after point.”

In an interview Monday on CNN’s “New Day,” Himes said that Trump’s refusal to say that the Russians hacked Democrats during the electionwas what prompted his plea to the Electoral College.

“What finally pushed me over the edge was when the president-elect of the United States criticized the CIA and the intelligence community. Can you imagine what the leaders in Beijing and Moscow and Tehran are thinking as they watch the next president of the United States delegitimize and criticize his own intelligence community and stand up for the defense of Russia, one of our prime adversaries,” said Himes.

The Democratic rep said the move would result in “an awful lot of litigation,” but that it was the right thing to do under the system that currently exists.

“The Electoral College, if you read the Federalist Papers and understand why it is there, it is a group of people. It is not an algorithm. It is not a set of ballots. It is a group of people that our Founding Fathers, you know, to whom supposedly we all sort of defer to, pledged the idea that if someone gets elected that is manifestly ill equipped to be president … that the Electoral College can step in,” he said.

Himes, who said the Republican isn’t qualified to be “mayor of a small town in Connecticut,” admitted that “under the rules, President-elect Donald Trump won fair and square.”

But Himes, who wants to abolish the Electoral College, said the only reason it does exist is to prevent someone like Trump from getting into the Oval Office.

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More Students Open Up About Professor’s Anti-Trump Tirade

Stacey Butler spoke to two more students who were in the class when Olga Perez Stable Cox went off on Trump.

Johnny Utah

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SHALOM I AM ALIVE I AM COURAGEOUS

I AM CALLING AS WELL THANKS FOR THE NUMBER!
VvvVmeadowVvvV

I sit in her class and I thought it was human sexuality as well…I did not expect the speech we all got from her that day and the next 3 classes after that. I felt very insulted and I wanted to speak up…BUT, I did not want to get kicked from her class, or worse expelled for wanting to say what I felt about her tantrum….. I need that A from her class…I am struggling as a student to pay for classes as well….I am one of many Americans that has lost their job and wants to go to college to better my chances of getting any job to provide for my family…When I get that A after the class ends for the semester, I plan on talking about how i felt sitting in her class and listening to her meltdown. I was disgusted with her comments…They were hateful words….words that created divide…words that solve nothing. I love the gay community, the Mexican community, my new Muslim friend that I sat next to in her class….I am a Trump voter !!! GET OVER IT OLGA !!!!
 Stevo Reno

The marxist teacher union leader is a snotty metro-sexual
Slse

The president of the teacher’s union is obviously an anti-Trump supporter too. Anyone misusing their authority must be fired! Yes it is bullying. We are not in a 3rd world or communist country that these people who hold the authority can do anything they want and nobody could speak out.
D Man

An uneducated university.
Emily Beth

what kind of bullshit is this?
Abe Youngworth

Hey Cox, teach your course, ok! The college doesn’t pay you to Bash Trump and his supporters! You don’t like Trump and his supporters, leave the country. Shit like you will not be missed!
Jordan Lee

Interesting the college says “students shouldnt need to be coddled” after offering weeks of f”safe spaces” and cuddle zones for butt hurt Snowflakes after the election