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Mineta's war on what?
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"There is no tyranny like petty tyranny, as Fred Hubbell has learned to his sorrow. Hubbell, 80, was tired and cranky as he was undergoing his second pat-down by security guards at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut August 2. Hubbell lost it when one of the Transportation Security Administration screeners started going through his wallet."
 

US Condemned for Secret Arrests
Submitted by: Roger MacDonald

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"The campaign group, Human Rights Watch, has accused the United States Government of secret arrests, arbitrary detentions and of violating due process in its response to the 11 September attacks."

"In a new report, Human Rights Watch says more than 1,200 non-American citizens have been secretly arrested and jailed - the vast majority from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia."

"Many, it says, have been subjected to treatment in violation of American law."
 

Travelers still pack banned items - 2.5 tons worth
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"Dallas/Fort Worth Airport is deep into the war on terrorism. About 2.5 tons deep in confiscated items, including 15 handguns, 10 illegal knives and three clubs."

"Like many of the nation's 429 commercial airports, D/FW Airport made myriad changes to its passenger security checkpoints. And, despite repeated warnings from the aviation industry - including information on extensive lists of items banned by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration - passengers are still showing up at the terminals carrying prohibited items."

"Since Sept. 11, D/FW has had 28 weapons violations, most of which were caught by X-ray machines, said Alvy Dodson, the airport's vice president of public safety." [emphasis added]

"We arrested every one of them. They went to our jail," Dodson said Wednesday at the Texas Transportation Summit in Irving. "Most of them told us they forgot it was in there - it was the Barry Switzer syndrome."

"Switzer, then coach of the Dallas Cowboys, was arrested in August 1997 at D/FW Airport after an employee at an X-ray machine found a loaded revolver in his duffel bag. He said at the time that he had forgotten the gun was in the bag."

"Another obstacle [to new restrictions] could be whether passengers are willing to comply with the new rules. For example, parking at the curbside outside D/FW's baggage claim area has been banned. Did that translate into empty curbsides?"

" 'We've had an average of 1,700 citations a month for leaving your vehicle unattended at the curbside,' [Alvy] Dodson [the airport's vice president of public safety] said."
 

How Far The Future?
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"For more than twenty years, now, my kids have wondered if their dear old dad was just a bit 'cracked'. That's how long I've been watching what's happening in the world and insisting that they have some inkling of how to survive if the socio-economic structure of society were to break down, but of course… it hasn't happened yet. So they're pretty sure by now that Dad is a crackpot."

"But lately, as they have matured and seen some of the real world with their own eyes, they haven't quite voiced that opinion as often as they used to."
 

Wrought by a rush to judgment
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Remember the so-called epidemic of carjackings in the early 1990s? Motivated by the hue and cry and the need to appear responsive, Congress passed a law in 1992 that made it a federal felony to carjack a vehicle. Henceforth, carjackings could bring 15 years in federal prison, 25 if someone got hurt and the death penalty if the victim died."

"But, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the federal government prosecutes only about 230 carjacking cases annually. All other cases addressing the 49,000 carjackings attempted or completed each year are filed under the state laws that existed before the federal law took effect."
 

Camps for Citizens: Ashcroft's Hellish Vision
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"Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft's announced desire for camps for U.S. citizens he deems to be "enemy combatants" has moved him from merely being a political embarrassment to being a constitutional menace......"

"Ashcroft's plan, disclosed last week but little publicized, would allow him to order the indefinite incarceration of U.S. citizens and summarily strip them of their constitutional rights and access to the courts by declaring them enemy combatants."
 

Middle Eastern immigrants to U.S. increasing
Submitted by: Roger MacDonald

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"Middle Easterners are one of the fastest growing immigrant groups to the United States, according to a new study, though the government estimates that one in 10 come into the country illegally."

" 'In the aftermath of September 11, there has been heightened interest in the Middle Eastern population living in the United States, and its successful integration into American society is increasingly seen as important,' said Mark Krikorian, CIS executive director, in a statement."
 

Anti-Gun America Online Faces Possible Corruption Charges
Submitted by: Roger MacDonald

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"AOL Time Warner, the giant US media and entertainment firm, has said it may have overstated the revenues of its America Online internet business by $49m."

"The group's accounting practices are already being investigated by the US stock market regulator and the US Justice Department."

"AOL Time Warner is also being sued by a group of shareholders, who have accused the media giant of fraud, alleging it had sought to hide a fall in advertising revenues at America Online."
 

"War on Drugs" changed to "War on Narco-Terrorism"
Submitted by: Roger MacDonald

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"A senior US State Department official has underscored Washington's support for the new government in Colombia, and its fight against what they have called 'narco-terrorism'."

Emergency tax
(Who do you think will be flipping the bill for this one?)

"Particularly pleasing to Mr Grossman was President Uribe's decision on Sunday to impose an emergency war tax raising an extra eight hundred million dollars."
 

Air marshal program in disarray, insiders say Dozens of top agents have quit the service
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"For years, the government touted federal air marshals as the best of the best -- an 'elite corps' of undercover officers trained to stop hijackings on commercial flights."

"But today, after rushing to hire thousands of new marshals, the program is so beset with problems that sources say at least 80 marshals have quit, and other marshals say they are considering a class-action lawsuit over working conditions that they fear put travelers at risk."

Among the problems USA Today reports at the link above are:
• Experienced marshals leaving.
• Lowering standards.
• Hiring people who haven't passed marksmanship tests or background checks.
• No ammo to train with, and no time to train anyway.
• Marshals showing up smelling of alcohol.
• Marshals accidentally firing their guns in their hotel rooms.
• Dress codes, so they can be profiled and targeted by terrorists.
• Incompetence at scheduling, wasting time on the taxpayer dollar
Even the leader of the air marshal program, Tom Quinn, confesses to serious problems. Quinn says a portion of the air marshals are "isgruntled individuals who are total amateurs."

After reading the USA Today report, another KABA reader, Mark A., said:
"Many marshalls are disillusioned by a program that one says has become 'like security-guard training for the mall.' Hiring standards have been lowered. The advanced marksmanship requirement eliminated. New hires were given badges and guns and put on planes before background checks were complete. A dress code has been adopted that many fear will identify marshalls to hijackers. Some marshalls don't fly for weeks, while others are working 16 hour days.
Do you feel safer? I don't."
It time to arm the pilots.
 

Gotcha! The Federal Brady Act has been Invoked!
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"If you are considering, or you are involved in a divorce or separation you should be aware of a movement by county attorneys and divorce attorneys that can and will affect your right to own a firearm."

"Even though you do not have a history of domestic violence, and you are not accused of it, language in the Brady law could be insidiously included in your settlement agreement that will invoke the Brady law."
 

'Despicable'
Submitted by: Lawrence Miller

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Report of a gang shooting of two children, whose father is reported to be a former gang member.

See also:
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http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/beaconnews/top/a15king.htm

Requests questions/comments to be sent to Mayor Stover of Aurora, IL and the police to stop gang violence.

"Police believe the shooting death of Wright on Saturday has sparked a string of shootings among local gang members."

"Police have no one in custody in connection with any of the shootings. Lawler made a plea Wednesday for anyone with information to come forward."

KABA NOTE: Lawful, peaceable gunowners have a vested interest in seeing gang-related violence come to an end -- it's where the anti-gun crowd gets the bulk of their inflated stats on "children who die by guns".
 

NE: Omaha's handgun registration plan put on hold for 4 weeks
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Omaha City Council won't withdraw a proposed handgun registration ordinance at Mayor Mike Fahey's request but will give him time to suggest amendments."

"The council on Tuesday agreed to a four-week layover of the public hearing and vote on the ordinance, which the administration already has revised once."
 

HI: On duty 52 years making Honolulu safe
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"When Roger Piwowarski joined the Honolulu Police Department as a reserve officer he was required to pay for his uniform, jacket and service weapon -- a .38-caliber handgun."

"And if he went on patrol, he had to provide the car."

"That was in November 1950. Back then, as it is today, reserve officers receive no pay."

"In March, Piwowarski, 84, retired after nearly 52 years. The department honored him in a ceremony this morning as the longest-serving reserve police officer."
 

US drug war alliances futile, says expert
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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" 'Instead of accepting the reality that a prohibitionist strategy is inherently futile, U.S. administrations have compromised important American values and helped strengthen corrupt, repressive governments,' Carpenter said."

"The report extensively cites Colombia and Uribe as the latest in the long line of pariah regimes with untrustworthy leaders with which the United States has partnered, and strongly advocates a dramatic shift in U.S. drug policy."
 

NYTimes.com, NPR launch civics site for high schools that teaches gun control
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Web site will use content from Justice Talking and related lesson plans and articles from The New York Times Learning Network, a free service for teachers, parents and students in grades 3-12.

"Justice Learning is designed around eight distinct civics issues that are updated twice a year. Current issues include affirmative action, civil liberties, death penalty, gun control, juvenile justice and Web censorship." [emphasis added]
 

John Ashcroft's liberals
Submitted by: Guntalker

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"How is it that John Ashcroft's hard-line Justice Department flinches like a gun controller at the thought of arming airline pilots? That tendency can be traced to a veteran career bureaucrat from Pennsylvania named Sarah Hart, brought into the Justice Department a year ago by Attorney General Ashcroft." -- Robert Novak
 

Scotland: Violent crime jumps by 15%
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Violent crime in Scotland's largest police force area has jumped by almost 15% compared with a year ago.
A total of 4,330 violent crimes were recorded in the Strathclyde Police force area during the three months to June, a 14.5% increase on the figure for the same period last year.

Chief Constable William Rae was disappointed by the rise, which he says is partly explained by increased seizures of weapons.

"These figures are extremely worrying and we have to hope that they don't represent a longer-term trend. I would be very interested to hear from the police in Strathclyde as to what their explanation for this jump is." --Scottish National Party justice spokeswoman

"It is largely the people carrying offensive weapons that is the big worry. We have tried everything to reduce that and we are not having much success." --Chief Constable William Rae

But handguns are completely banned, and access to most others is so restricted only a tiny minority can legally access them.
 

VA: State Trooper accused of illegal search
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"A state police field supervisor who instructed officers how to lawfully conduct drug interdiction stops is facing a $20 million lawsuit for allegedly violating those same standards during a traffic stop two years ago in Hanover County."

"The lawsuit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Richmond, alleges that Sgt. William C. Blydenburgh illegally detained and repeatedly searched Samuel H. Brown and his car for more than 90 minutes."

"Brown was never charged with a crime."
 

DC: Williams campaign fined for election violations - 'from massive forgeries to excessive fraud'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"City voting officials ordered Mayor Anthony A. Williams' re-election campaign on Wednesday to pay $277,700 in fines for submitting thousands of fraudulent signatures on election petitions."

"The violations ranged 'from massive forgeries to excessive fraud,' said Stephen G. Callas, one of three members of the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. The panel voted unanimously to levy the fine."

QUESTION:
Would someone please define "excessive fraud"? Isn't any fraud excessive?
 

Light, mobile weapons win over lumbering tanks
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The days of the Army's main battle tank are coming to an end."

"There is no longer a threat from the former Soviet Union to pour tanks into the plains of Western Europe through Germany's Fulda Gap, and there is no industrialized nation putting together a tank army that's a threat to the United States."
 

FL: Tough Sporting Clays Event Planned at Tenoroc Range
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"One of the hardest sporting clays setups in Florida will challenge shotgunners in the Quigly, a shoot at the Tenoroc range on Saturday, Aug. 31."

"Entry fee is $65."

"Tenoroc Shooting Sports also offers continuing classes for gun owners."
 

NY: Fed Court Accepts Wein Challenge
Submitted by: God Bless America
Website: http://devoted.to/Godblessamerica

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"This is the first victory in a series of victories that will make Governor George E. Pataki eat his hypocritical words of working for fair, free and open elections" Wein said. Judge J. Trager of the United States Court, Eastern District of New York, signed the Order for a hearing scheduled for August 26, 2002.
 

NY: State Board of Elections/Federal Court accepts Wein's Ballot Access Challenge
Submitted by: God Bless America
Website: http://devoted.to/Godblessamerica

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"Louis de la Guardia Wein filed legal documents, executed federal court papers directing the NYS Board of Elections to justify why they should not reinstate his name to the Republican Primary ballot."
 

IA: Licenses denoting noncitizens criticized
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Under a state law passed earlier this year, foreign nationals must show Immigration and Naturalization Service documents to obtain licenses. Previously only a Social Security number and a work permit were required. Now foreign nationals must show papers that document when they entered the country and how long they are allowed to stay. Their licenses are valid only as long as their immigration status remains legal, with a maximum term of two years."
 

ID: Landowners threaten gun club, seek to sell land to golf course developer
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"Landowners who are upset they cannot sell their property for a golf course and housing development south of Nampa have threatened a longtime gun club nearby."

"Attorneys for the property owners make it clear in a letter to the Nampa Rod and Gun Club, which opposed the golf community, that they will take steps to close down the range if gun club members continue to fight the new development."
 

Sept. 11 Families Sue Saudis, Banks
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Some 600 family members of Sept. 11 victims filed a trillion-dollar federal lawsuit Thursday against Saudi officials, banks and charities, charging they financed Osama bin Laden's network and the attacks on New York and Washington."

"The 15-count lawsuit, modeled after action filed against Libya in the Pan Am flight 103 disaster, seeks to cripple banks, charities and some members of the Saudi royal family as a deterrent to terrorist financing schemes."

"The complaint also ignores the Bush administration's delicate diplomatic balancing act with Saudi Arabia by bluntly blaming the kingdom's officials and institutions for the attacks."
 

LA: Baton Rouge Women take up arms against serial killer (ABCNews)
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"Police say they were was no sign of forcible entry in the homes of any of the dead women. They think the killer is someone who can easily gain the confidence of an unsuspecting person. Perhaps someone who wears a uniform, maybe even a police officer."

"So scary that women here are learning to confront violence with violence. The local gun shops are filled with an unlikely assortment of women who never thought they'd ever want to touch a gun. Police report that applications for concealed weapons permits were ten times higher for the first week of August than they were for the same period last year."

"In a crowded wood-paneled classroom, Carol Lizana and 20 other women listen intently as the instructor gives his students a primer on the operation of a handgun."
 

US Constitution Day 2002
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"We need to continue to educate our fellow citizens about our beloved Constitution and how it is being tread upon on a daily basis by those in whom they have placed so much trust. US Constitution Day or Week should need no proclamation. It should automatically be a national holiday and be every bit as celebrated as most of the other holidays combined. Only education will save the republic that our Constitution preserves, and gain the respect for the document that it so richly deserves."
 

NJ: Kung fu grannies: Teenager teaching martial arts to seniors
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"Senior citizens throughout Bergen County are learning from a teenager with a black belt that even older people aren't totally helpless in an encounter with someone who means them no good."

"Leah Schoen, a 17-year-old student from Fair Lawn with martial-arts training, decided to share some self-defense techniques with the elderly after her grandmother's brush with street crime."

KABA NOTE: The grandmother in the picture on the above linked website would go to jail on felony charges if she was "caught" carrying a handgun to defend herself. It's great to see our seasoned citizens learning a few combat techniques -- but expecting a frail older woman to successfully use her bare hands against a gang of young, strong, mean, murderous thugs is ludicrous.

New Jersey is in serious need of concealed carry decriminalization.
 

"Expert Safety Tips to Prevent, Defend Against Violent Crime"
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"Some 1.9 million women are physically assaulted annually in the United States, and 15 percent to 25 percent of all American women will report a sexual attack or rape at some time in their lives, according to studies conducted by the Justice Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

Their suggestions for dealing with an attack include:
• Dress to Kill.
• Make Eye Contact.
• Fight Your Inner Woman.
• Be Paranoid and Suspicious.
• Run, Run, Run.
• Stay Put.
• Hit the Attacker Where It Counts.
• Try Anything and Everything.
There is no mention of using the most effective, most affordable, easiest to use, easiest to conceal self-defense tool ever devised: the handgun. Apparently, that isn't a part of "Try Anything and Everything."
 

FL: Ex-cop guilty of killing wife - while he was a police officer
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"A former Interlachen police officer in Putnam County has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his estranged wife."

"After two hours of deliberation, a jury found Tim Alessi, 45, guilty Tuesday in the April 29, 2001, shooting death of Polly Alessi, 28."

"Sentencing was scheduled for Sept. 30; prosecutors said they will seek a life sentence without parole. Alessi had worked for the Interlachen Police Department since 1989 and resigned following his arrest."
 

TX: First Citizens Police Academy offered in Spanish
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"Daniel Acosta always wanted to know what it’s like to be a police officer, curious about service in the face of danger."

"Acosta, however, was reluctant to attend one of the Citizens Police Academy programs offered each year by the Brownsville Police Department because the 12-week program is usually taught in English. He can understand the language, he said, but doesn’t speak it."

"Next month, police will offer the first academy for Spanish speakers, hoping to reach more of the local population."
 

50 Years To Life For School Shooting
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"The teen who killed two students and wounded 13 others at a high school last year was sentenced Thursday to 50 years to life in prison after he tearfully apologized for the shooting rampage."

Charles "Andy" Williams didn't explain why he opened fire with his father's handgun at Santana High School in Santee on March 5, 2001 but said he felt 'horrible about what happened'."

"Prosecutors had asked the judge to impose the maximum sentence of 425 years, saying Williams coolly planned the assault at the suburban San Diego school and shot classmates as they ran in terror."

RELATED READING:
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MN: "Firearm accidents trigger new effort"
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"Gun locks will be given away in Alexandria on August 20 as part of Project HomeSafe, an effort to prevent firearm accidents in homes."

"Thousands of cable locks and firearm safety educational materials will be provided free to residents throughout the state."

"The nationwide HomeSafe project was developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and will provide firearm owners with three million free gun locks this year."

"The U.S. Congress, through a grant from the Department of Justice, funds the project."

"Free"? WHO funds this?
 

IN: Weapons banned at county buildings
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"Dangerous weapons now are officially prohibited from both LaPorte County courthouses and other county-government buildings."

"The move is part of an overall plan to tighten security even further at the courthouses in LaPorte and Michigan City, along with the LaPorte County Complex."

"At this week’s LaPorte County Commissioners meeting, the board adopted an ordinance banning guns, knives and other dangerous items from government buildings owned or administered by the county."

"The only people allowed inside a county-government building with a weapon are police officers and others authorized to carry such devices in those facilities."
 

The things people say in e-mail
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"Some excerpts from e-mails used as evidence by prosecutors:" ...
 

BATF agrees with leniency over gun violation
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"Staying out of trouble for the past 12 years helped an Apopka man Wednesday avoid spending the rest of the decade in federal prison."

"Since being released from prison in 1990, Larry Dee Suggs has married his childhood sweetheart, raised a family and led an admirable life, according to friends, federal agents, defense attorneys and the U.S. Attorney's Office."

"In April, he was arrested for pawning his stepson's shotgun three years earlier to buy $75 worth of groceries to feed his family."

"His crime was signing a form that claimed he had never been convicted of a felony when he redeemed the shotgun a week after he pawned it."

"Federal sentencing guidelines for anyone with Suggs' past -- four felony convictions in the 1980s for drug-related crimes -- set punishment at a minimum of eight years in prison, but everyone involved in the case, including the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents who arrested Suggs, agreed justice would not have been served by sending the 38-year-old father of three back to prison."

KABA NOTE: Later in the report above, the judge said the man is "a good citizen in the community." Shouldn't such a person be "allowed" to defend his wife and children? Now let's see BATF go the distance and restore this man's rights so he can defend his family legally.
 

MI: Residents turn in explosives, rare and valuable relics
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"Wartime relics and other hazardous items were among those recovered without question as part of the police department's amnesty program for dangerous devices."

"Ammunition from a 10-gauge shotgun and a World War II rifle, as well as several containers of black powder, were given to the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety's Bomb Squad unit for disposal."

"The squad responded to 35 calls from citizens over three days and items recovered included: 3,200 rounds of ammunition, 10 handguns, 36 pounds of explosive powders and a German World War II machine gun, Hemingway said Sgt. Tom Hemingway."

" 'Usually, we get really deteriorated dynamite,' Hemingway said. 'That's really dangerous. Any little movement or friction can set it off.' Friday was the busiest day, Detective Dale Epkey told the Kalamazoo Gazette for a Monday story."

"Epkey said perhaps the most intriguing relic collected was a Shinkle grenade, which was a prototype grenade and one of four in the United States."
 

Transportation chief doubts expertise of airport security directors
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"The new head of the Transportation Security Administration [James Loy] says the corps of federal directors appointed to oversee airport security may have the wrong backgrounds to do the job right." [emphasis added]

"For example, Chicago's O'Hare Airport got Willie Williams, a former chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. Dallas/Fort Worth Airport's security director, Jimmy Wooten, is a former Dallas special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Love Field's security director, Michael Restovich, was a U.S. Secret Service agent assigned to Dallas."
 

White Farmers Under Siege in Zimbabwe
Submitted by: Roger MacDonald

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"Tension is mounting in Zimbabwe as pro-government militants attempt to force defiant farmers to leave their land."

"A white farmer became the first to be evicted from his property after a group of militants seized his farm north of the capital, Harare."

"Terry Hinde left his farm... after his house was surrounded by militants armed with clubs and stones, a farmers' spokesman said."
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Betcha some of these farmers are wishing they had guns right about now.

Own land? OWN GUNS!
 

How much gold backs the dollar?
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The entire concept of paper currency was born when people tired of toting around things of actual value – heavy, clumsy bars of gold or silver, for example – in favor of a convenient 'receipt.' "

"At first, this paper receipt was fully redeemable in the gold and silver it represented, as is consistent with the very definition of the word 'receipt.' "

"But, as time went on, the receipt itself became confused with money. ..."

"Now, in 2002, the transformation is nearly complete. It's estimated that, at best, there's a mere 1 percent of gold backing the trillions of dollars here and abroad."
 

Belgium checks 'Toy Army' claims
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Belgian Defence Minister, Andre Flahaut, has ordered an investigation after reports that soldiers were carrying fake guns during the country's annual military parade."

"Reports in the Belgian media say fake guns are popular with some troops because they require less maintenance."

"But critics say the practice raises the spectre of a toy army."

KABA NOTE: This isn't much different than the national guardsmen "guarding" a major airport immediately after the 9/11 attacks with empty weapons.
 

AZ: Gun rights meeting in Tucson Friday Evening
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Firearms Action Committee Tucson is holding their monthly meeting in Tucson.

August 16, 2002
Desert Trails Gun Club
7777 E. Valencia Rd. (approximately 1.2 miles east of Kolb Rd).
7:00 P.M.
http://www.azfact.org
President: Ken Rineer
Vice President: Scott Wood
Treasurer/Secretary: Neil Bender
 

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