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TX: Trespassing placards bought on eve of [KMart] raid
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A Houston police officer paid for 'no trespassing' signs with his city credit card the day before a weekend of the mass [KMart] arrest, the city controller confirmed Thursday."

" 'It appears that the timing of the purchase raises a few eyebrows,' said City Controller Sylvia Garcia."

"Buying the signs is legal, but posting them on private property is not, because city funds cannot be spent for private use, city officials said."

"Nearly 300 people were arrested for trespassing in early morning raids on Aug. 17 and 18."
 

"Bush planned Iraq 'regime change' before becoming President"
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"A SECRET blueprint for US global domination reveals that President Bush and his cabinet were planning a premeditated attack on Iraq to secure 'regime change' even before he took power in January 2001."

"The blueprint, uncovered by the Sunday Herald, for the creation of a 'global Pax Americana' was drawn up for Dick Cheney (now vice- president), Donald Rumsfeld (defence secretary), Paul Wolfowitz (Rumsfeld's deputy), George W Bush's younger brother Jeb and Lewis Libby (Cheney's chief of staff). The document, entitled Rebuilding America's Defences: Strategies, Forces And Resources For A New Century, was written in September 2000 by the neo-conservative think-tank Project for the New American Century (PNAC)."
 

Florida terror scare a false alarm
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Three men of Arabic descent were pulled over and detained for 17 hours yesterday after a woman reported overhearing them talking about a terrorist plot."

"But authorities said the men apparently were kidding around and released them."

"Afterward, the three drove to a rest stop, where they told reporters they were medical students heading to Miami for training and denied making any comments or jokes about terrorism. Police declined to say what the men told them during questioning."
 

TN: Citizens Helping Arm Brentwood Officers With New Weapons
Submitted by: J W Parsons

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"After the shootout, many in Brentwood [TN] saw a need for arming officers with semi-automatic rifles, but the $50,000 needed to buy the guns won't be available until the next fiscal year. Now, the police chief and some dedicated citizens don't want to wait."
 

PA: Two troopers charged with stealing from drug dealers
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Two Pennsylvania State Police troopers were charged by federal authorities yesterday with stealing money from suspected drug dealers in unrelated incidents."

"The arrests of Derek Wayns and Frank Otis China came after a two-year probe by the FBI and state police that began, federal court documents say, after China allegedly robbed a drug trafficker of $10,000. The trafficker, who was not identified, complained to authorities and then worked secretly with investigators."

"Jeffrey A. Lampinski, head of the FBI in Philadelphia, told reporters at a Center City news conference that the two troopers were committing their crimes independently. There was no evidence that other troopers were involved in the crimes, Lampinski added."

"Wayns, 31, of the 7400 block of Cedar Lane in Elkins Park, and China, 35, of the 6900 block of Limekiln Pike in West Oak Lane, were each charged with extortion by a law enforcement officer."

"Each appeared before a federal magistrate judge and was released on $25,000 bail under 24-hour, electronically monitored house arrest." ...
 

MD: Gubernatorial candidate Ehrlich says he'd consider repealing gun laws
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"U.S. Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) said yesterday that if elected governor he will review Maryland's strict gun laws and consider repealing two of the most far-reaching measures if they proved ineffective."

" 'It's time to take a look at what's passed over the last 16 years and see what's worked and what's not,' he said."

"The Republican nominee said he doubted that several major gun laws passed by the General Assembly had reduced gun violence. He said laws intended to regulate cheaply made handguns and make it easier to use ballistics evidence to trace handguns deserved particular scrutiny."
 

Police State: Everything You Wanted to Know About the Patriot Act
Submitted by: Roger MacDonald

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KABA NOTE: This one has already run in Newslinks, but it keeps getting submitted by readers, and it's very good and worth archiving. If you missed it the first time, definitely give it a look.
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"If the United States is at war against terrorism to preserve freedom, a new coalition of conservatives and liberals is asking, why is it doing so by wholesale abrogation of civil liberties? They cite the Halloween-week passage of the antiterrorism bill — a new law that carries the almost preposterously gimmicky title: 'Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act' (USA PATRIOT Act). Critics both left and right are saying it not only strips Americans of fundamental rights but does little or nothing to secure the nation from terrorist attacks."

"What does [U.S. Rep. Ron] Paul believe the nation's Founding Fathers would think of this law? 'Our forefathers would think it's time for a revolution. This is why they revolted in the first place.' "
 

TX: Quiet Reminders - Living memorials are Wedgwood's testament to shootings 3 years ago
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"[T]he 2,800-member church plan[s] no special services Sunday to mark the third anniversary of the shootings."

"The decision ... was based on several factors, including the fact that church members were already emotionally charged from marking the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks..."

"And, six months ago, the church dedicated a memorial to the victims during a special service."

"Besides, there are living memorials..."
 

Canada: Paddler pounds pizza punk
Submitted by: john Fansler

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"A man looking to hold up a restaurant got more than he bargained for when the clerk started clubbing him with a pizza paddle."
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That's the difference between American pizza makers and their Canadian counterparts: down here, our pizza makers would just pull out a gun and ventilate the culprit, in the Peoples Republic, they have to use a paddle.
 

Pair Charged In Plane Incident, 'intimidation' of flight crew cited
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Federal charges filed Thursday against two men who allegedly 'intimidated' a flight crew, causing the aircraft to change course and land in Fort Smith, send a clear message that the government 'will not tolerate behavior that crosses the line' aboard aircraft, U.S. Attorney Tom Gean said."

"Gurdeep Singh Wander, 48, and Harinder Pal Singh, 41, were charged with 'interference with flight crew members and attendants' in U.S. District Court in Fort Smith. The charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison."

"The two men, arrested Wednesday after being taken from the aircraft, appeared tired but calm when brought before U.S. Magistrate Judge Beverly Stites Jones. Both said they understood the charges against them. Wander of New Jersey is a U.S. citizen. Singh of Saylorsburg, Pa., is an Indian national."

"Neither man has any connection to al-Qaida groups or cells, Gean said at a news conference held immediately after the court hearing."
 

Lies My President Told Me
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"It's mid-September during alleged wartime. Do you know where your government is?"

"This much is all too obviously true: We have no real idea what our government is doing right now, at this moment, as you read this. And we find this enormously reassuring."

"We know far less than we think we know and far less than we want to believe and that is apparently exactly the way we like it, because otherwise it's just so frustrating and depressing and gives us just the worst sort of collective cultural eczema."

"We have, for example, precious little idea what bombs are being dropped, and where, and with what ulterior motives; it's the most secretive and media-unfriendly "war" in recent history, and no one really minds, because it just makes things so much easier." ...

"There is this gap, you see, this enormous, gaping separation between what the honest and ardent and yet often shockingly misinformed populace believes drives the heart of this great nation, and what actually drives it."

"Ironic, isn't it, given how deeply immersed we are in the Information Age, in a time when we all have access to a thousand newspapers and a million muckraking insiders and secret documents and articles and columns and photos, the government and corporations only become increasingly paranoid and terrified and hence have to quintuple their efforts to keep us in the proverbial dark."
 

Ashcroft hails US-EU anti-terror moves - from Denmark
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"US Attorney General John Ashcroft says law enforcement agencies in America and Europe have been working much more closely since the 11 September attacks last year."

"The partnership to defeat terrorism that we have forged has elevated the level of security for all the nations who love and protect freedom." --U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, from Copenhagen, while he ignores the Petition for the Enforcement of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States here at home
 

UK: 'Home Secretary' Blunkett basically tells critics of privacy invasion to shut up
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"David Blunkett, the home secretary, today launches a scathing attack on critics of the government's post-September 11 surveillance measures which hand law enforcement and other public bodies greater powers to monitor individuals and their private communications."

He said: What I occasionally find irritating are self-styled privacy campaigners who denigrate or ignore protections not available to most of our European neighbours."

In other words, if your privacy isn't trampled as much as France's or Germany's, shut your mouth, subject.
 

UK: Civic rights (Special report, 'big brother,)
Submitted by: P. Jones

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Home Secretary David Blunkett says:

"Freedom and security are two essentials that citizens look to the government to provide."

And that's just his first sentence.
 

Spain: British Asians thrown off flight
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"Charter pilot bars men after passengers cite terrorism fears"

"Four British Asian passengers were turned away by the pilot of a charter flight from Gerona in north-eastern Spain to Luton on Thursday because other passengers feared they were terrorists and refused to travel with them."

"The four neatly-dressed, short-haired young men, who belong to Luton's Indian community according to El Pais newspaper, were forced to travel overland to Barcelona to catch a different flight 10 hours later."

"Twenty-four passengers on the Thursday morning My Travel MYT650 charter flight told the captain they would refuse to travel with the men because they had been behaving suspiciously, a spokeswoman for the Manchester-based airline explained."
 

UK: Pre-trial children can be locked up
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"New powers to lock up children as young as 12 while they await trial for crime will come into force across the country next week."

"Children can be remanded in custody by magistrates rather than being automatically granted bail unless the crime was very serious."

"The law was introduced following police complaints that thousands of street robberies were being committed by young offenders on bail."

"Courts in 10 so-called crime 'hotspots' have already had the powers since April and they will be extended across the country from Monday."

"Magistrates will now be able to remand in custody for a much wider range of offences, including car crime and vandalism."
 

TX: Police sergeant fired after audit
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"A former Grand Prairie narcotics sergeant was fired Friday after a July audit revealed about $1,000 missing from a drug unit cash fund."

"Blaine Smith, a 13-year veteran who had no prior disciplinary record, has 10 days to appeal Police Chief Glen Hill's decision to a civil service arbiter."

"Police forwarded their investigation to the Dallas County district attorney Aug. 27. Prosecutors have not presented the case to a grand jury."

"In July, auditors discovered cash missing from a fund used by narcotics officers to buy drugs from dealers, used by narcotics officers to buy drugs from street dealers. Smith was reassigned before the audit."
 

TX: 2 FBI agents in comas after border attack - 'beaten with rocks'
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Two El Paso FBI agents remained in critical condition Friday after they were beaten with rocks and dragged into Mexico by alleged railroad bandits Thursday night in the Sunland Park-Anapra area."

"Agents Sergio Barrio, 39, and Samantha Mikeska, 38, 'suffered blunt trauma to the head,' after they were beaten with rocks and kicked, said Hardrick Crawford Jr., the FBI's special agent in charge in El Paso."

"Barrio suffered a severe injury over his right eye, and underwent surgery early Friday at Thomason Hospital to relieve pressure on his brain. Mikeska also suffered pressure on the brain. Both were in induced comas."
 

Miami airport worker fired for releasing pepper spray that caused evacuation of terminal
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"A worker at Miami International Airport was fired because a videotape showed him discharging the pepper spray that forced an evacuation at the airport in August, officials said."

"The spray prompted authorities to shut down the concourse for three hours on Aug. 21."

"The unidentified ground security coordinator was fired by American Airlines because he kept silent through the situation, The Miami Herald reported Saturday."

" 'It wasn't good judgment that he was silent for such a period of time,' said Ed Guevara, federal security director at the airport."
 

"Reporting suspicions was right call, 'experts' say"
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Eunice Stone made the right call, security experts agreed Friday."

"It was Stone who called the Georgia State Patrol on her cell phone Thursday morning after she overheard several men talking and laughing about what she thought might be a terrorist plot while she was eating breakfast at a Shoney's restaurant. Her call prompted a Southern search that ended early Friday when two cars carrying the three men were stopped on Florida's 'Alligator Alley' interstate near Miami."

" 'I especially commend the actions of the private citizen in Calhoun, Ga., who reported this suspicious activity to the proper authorities,' said Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. 'This is exactly the kind of citizen involvement that this war on terrorism is going to require as we seek to protect our homeland.' "

"The men are reportedly of Jordanian, Iranian and Pakistani descent, with two being naturalized American citizens and one in the United States on a visa."

They were later let go after 'authorities' said it was a joke.
 

NC: Republican incumbent draws anger with promise of NRA escorts in immigrant neighborhoods
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"A Republican candidate for Congress is offering campaign volunteers extra protection for their forays into immigrant neighborhoods -- escorts from the National Rifle Association."

"Democrats said the offer by incumbent Rep. Robin Hayes' campaign is an insult to residents, and they held a rally Saturday."

" 'A representative in Congress should not be afraid of the district they represent,' said Mecklenburg County Democratic Chairman John Cotham, one of about 15 people who turned up in the rain to protest." [Tell that to the people who represent The Bronx, East L.A., or Chicago's South Side.]

" 'That's the most insulting comment I've heard a politician ever make about his constituents,' he said."

"In an e-mail sent Thursday to Republicans in the county about a campaign gathering, Hayes' campaign managers said volunteers need not fear."

" 'NRA members will cover neighborhoods that might be uncomfortable for some volunteers,' the e-mail said."
 

Actor Olmos, others seek ways to end border deaths
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Actor Edward James Olmos joined other activists Saturday to call for ways to stop the death of hundreds of illegal border crossers from exposure, accidents and other dangers."

" 'These people are dying, and we're watching it happen,' the Mexican-American actor said at a rally outside Our Lady Queen of Angels Church on Olvera Street. 'We have to do something about it.' "

"In 1999, activists began installing emergency water stations in the desert in response to the rising death toll. Border Patrol agents agreed not to remove the water or to stake out the stations."
 

"Stop Wrongful Imprisonment" Group celebrates 20 years of exonerations
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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The work of Centurion Ministries, a nonprofit group that tries to dig up evidence to free those wrongly imprisoned, has resulted in 26 people being proven innocent and released from jails around the country.

Sounds like the system needs fixing.
 

Democrat Torricelli drops support of Iranian group
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"U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli ended his support for an Iranian resistance group a day after it became an issue in his re-election campaign."

"On Thursday, his Republican opponent, Douglas Forrester, criticized Torricelli for taking campaign donations from supporters of the Mujahedin-e-Khalq, and for lobbying the State Department to have the group dropped from a list of terrorist organizations."
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Defeated
Submitted by: LFA Editor
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"Bush lovers and supporters haven't the slightest idea of what is going on. Their heads are so deeply buried in ignorance that they actually think this incompetent and uncompassionate human being is doing a good job. Doing a good job at what? Destroying what remains of the Constitution and its amendments? Destroying all of mankind's faith in the United States of America as the harbinger of freedom? Destroying any semblance of dignity and integrity in government?"
 

Nine child deaths blamed on elevator design flaw
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Elevator door control now!
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"At least nine children have been killed -- four in the last 4½ years alone -- after getting trapped between doors of old-style, swinging-door elevators, an Associated Press analysis has found. Experts say the number of children crushed or suffocated on these elevators may be higher."

"The industry has known for decades that the elevator design, popular before the 1950s, is potentially deadly. Nonetheless, simple safety modifications recommended more than 15 years ago by engineers who set industry standards have not been written into regulatory laws in most states. Even where they have, enforcement is often lax."
 

Fighter jets shadow errant small plane over N.J.
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"Several Air Force fighter jets were assigned to follow a single-engine airplane that strayed into restricted airspace Friday, authorities said."

"The Piper Cherokee was owned by a Long Island flying club, and ventured into the 30-mile restricted area around New York City that is closed to noncommercial aircraft, said Jim Peters, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration."
 

New York terror cell trained in camps run by al-Qaida, federal officials charge
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"Five men who worked, lived and socialized together in western New York were schooled in the tools of terror, including the use of suicide as a weapon, in camps run by Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network..."

"Federal authorities who announced the arrest of the members of the alleged terror cell said Osama bin Laden himself lectured the men on his anti-American beliefs while they were in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in the months leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks."
 

Gore speaks to possible pivotal constituency if he should run again
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"Al Gore said Saturday night the Bush administration has failed to respect civil liberties and is letting the nation's budget surplus slip away with flawed economic policies."

And I'm sure the notoriously anti-gun Al Gore would have done so much better with respect to civil liberties!
 

Anti-gun Congresscritter Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) has NRA's support for gun control bill
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ORIGINAL TITLE: "Guns and Roses Into the Fray"
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"CAROLYN McCARTHY spent the better part of her spring and summer buttonholing colleagues in Congress to sell her latest attempt at gun control — a bill that would spend $375 million helping states update the national database used for background checks on gun buyers."

"After four months of wheedling and cajoling, the House Judiciary Committee passed the bill, 30-2, in late July. She expects the bill will pass the full House this fall, because not only has she won the support of gun advocates in Congress, she even has the support of the National Rifle Association."
 

VA: Police officer fired for use of excessive force during interrogation
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"Albemarle Police Chief John Miller fired Detective K.W. Robinson on Thursday, saying he used excessive force during an interrogation last year and violated several other department policies."

"Robinson, a county police officer of 14 years, was convicted Aug. 30 of misdemeanor assault and battery and sentenced to 90 days in jail."

"During the interview of abduction suspect Corey D. Faison, Robinson provoked Faison into a fight by calling him a homosexual and telling him he was impotent."
 

TX: Many arrested in 'raids' still waiting to settle cases
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"Even though charges have been dropped against people who were arrested in police raids last month, many have appeared in court for bail refunds and proof of their dismissal."

"Gaulberto Gonzolez, who lives in Mission, showed up at Houston's Municipal Court at 11 a.m. Friday for his scheduled date, which was set when he posted bail."

" 'I'm never coming to Houston again,' he said."

"Last week, acting Police Chief Timothy Oettmeier requested the dismissal of trespassing and curfew charges against 298 people arrested in the parking lots of Kmart, Sonic Drive-In and James Coney Island on Westheimer."

"Those who did not appear in court will get letters telling them their charges have been dismissed and detailing how they can get their bail back, Crumpton said. Most people posted $300 to get out jail."
 

ACLU leader cautions that restricted rights may continue for years
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"Restrictions on civil liberties adopted after Sept. 11 could persist for many years, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union said Saturday."

" 'This is really about deciding what type of country we want to live in,' said Anthony Romero, executive director of the ACLU. 'This is about nothing less than core American values.' "

"Romero, who spoke at an annual dinner of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union Saturday, said much of the public is unaware that some rules enacted after the terrorist attacks set legal precedents."

" 'Most are not going away until we make them go away,' he said."

"Since the attacks, the government has substantially expanded its ability to investigate and detain Americans, including giving itself the authority to detain Americans indefinitely without charges and giving law enforcement easier access to Americans' personal lives."
 

TX: Bullet-proof vests for police dogs
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" 'I like donating money to the police officers so the dogs can be safe. I like dogs myself,' Samantha said. 'I just hope that the dogs get saved and they don’t get killed.' "

"The ambitious second-grader ... took on a new project: starting the Texas chapter of Pennies to Protect Police Dogs."

"Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk said the project would be an 'interesting and neat' way to work with citizens to provide protective armor for the police dogs."
 

Street Justice - Armed Citizen Handles Violent Man After Police Fail to Do So
Submitted by: Art Schreiber

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"In a confrontation last month, Mike Singleton fatally shot Marc 'Smooth' Collins, who wounded Singleton in April. Singleton says Kinloch police took no action after the first incident. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch says flatly, 'That police department should not exist, and if it were my call, it wouldn't.' "

"Mike Singleton says he dreaded a confrontation he figured was inevitable. Widely known as 'Big Mike,' the hulking Singleton carried a pistol for protection as he sold cigarettes and candy from behind bulletproof glass in the convenience store he owns in his tough hometown of Kinloch."

"For four months, he had nervously watched over his shoulder for the return of a man he knew by the street name 'Smooth.' He was the man Singleton said shot him in the leg in April, in a quarrel he was sure was not yet over."

"On Aug. 13, Singleton said, customers told him that Smooth was outside leaning on the wall, selling drugs, waving a gun and talking trash."

"Calling the Kinloch police did not seem an option. Singleton said he had begged them for months to lock up Smooth, whose real name is Marc Collins. But they simply ignored him."

"So whatever was about to happen that hot summer night between Singleton and Collins, it would be just the two of them." ...
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"Police fail to do their job. After being shot once, citizen takes action to terminate the threat." --Art S., Newslinks Reader

"When the corrupt police won't protect you, you're on your own..." --Rick S., Newslinks Reader
 

Daschle: Security Bill Will Pass
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"The Senate majority leader said Sunday that Congress will pass legislation before the November elections creating a Homeland Security Department despite a dispute over the president's power to hire and fire agency workers."

"President Bush is threatening to veto the bill, which the GOP-led House passed and the Democratic-controlled Senate is considering, unless it gives him flexibility over the estimated 170,000 employees that would become part of the Cabinet agency."

"Daschle has called Bush's proposal 'a power grab of unprecedented magnitude'..."
 

VT: Police officer is victim of daylight burglary - several firearms stolen
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RUTLAND, VERMONT -- "Several firearms, including a police-issued handgun, were stolen from a Rutland City police officer’s home in the latest in a series of daylight burglaries."

"The break-in took place Saturday morning at the home of an unidentified officer. Police would only say that the officer lives in the northwest part of the city."

"Stolen were two handguns, several hunting rifles, handcuffs, pepper spray, a portable police radio and a Hewlett-Packard personal digital assistant."

"Police declined to release the make and caliber of the guns."
 

FL: Police officer charged in sexual assault on 2 teen girls
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"A Miami-Dade County police officer has been arrested, accused of separately arresting two girls, sexually assaulting them and then letting them go, authorities said."

"Paul Brosky, 40, was charged with two counts of armed sexual battery and one count of armed kidnapping."

"According to police, Brosky pulled up behind a car parked on the side of a road this month and told a 17-year-old girl and her boyfriend that they were under arrest. Brosky allegedly sexually assaulted the girl while searching her. He then let her and her boyfriend go."

"Police said Brosky pulled over another vehicle Aug. 30 and found a small amount of marijuana. He then allegedly asked a 17-year-old girl and a male passenger to follow him to an isolated warehouse complex, where Brosky allegedly sexually assaulted the girl. She and her companion were released afterward, police said."
 

IL: Cops routinely search hotel guests in Chicago suburb
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"Evelyn Boyd-Young, a registered nurse who heads a substance abuse program in a Greenwich, Conn., hospital, is used to dealing with drug issues."

"But she said she'd never been suspected of potentially dealing drugs - until Friday night, when she said a loud knock on her hotel room door awoke her."

"It wasn't room service. It was two uniformed cops and a big dog."

"She found herself on the wrong end of an increasingly common practice in suburban hotels: unannounced police drug sweeps."
 

PA: Quadruple slaying suspect was under 'protection order' to stay away
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How many protection orders have to fail before self-defense becomes a right and not a privilege granted by the state?
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"A man accused of killing his estranged wife, son and two friends before trying to take his own life was brought to court by ambulance for an arraignment."

"Michael Harley Bechtel, 26, was arraigned Friday on four counts each of homicide and aggravated assault, and one count of possessing instruments of crime. He was wheeled into the courtroom on a gurney."

"Bechtel allegedly went to his wife's home early Aug. 15, shooting the adults at the kitchen table and the couple's 3-year-old son, Jacob, in his bed before shooting himself in the head."

"Bechtel, who now is paralyzed on the left side of his body, was found to have sufficiently recovered from his injuries to face legal proceedings, so Schuylkill County District Attorney Frank Cori scheduled a hearing Friday before District Justice David Plachko."

"Bechtel remains hospitalized but will probably be discharged soon, police said. He appeared without an attorney and answered the district justice's questions in a raspy whisper."

"Bechtel's wife, Raienhna Bechtel, 22, had been granted a protection order in March barring him from having any contact with her."

Once again, a piece of paper proves much less effective than a shotgun would have.
 

Bomb joke backfires, grounds plane
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"A Delta Air Lines flight about to leave LaGuardia Airport for Fort Lauderdale Saturday afternoon returned to the gate after a passenger told a flight attendant he had brought a bomb onboard, police said."

"Passengers were taken off the plane and the man was arrested, said Port Authority Police Sgt. John O'Donnell. A search of the man's luggage and the plane, with at least one bomb-sniffing dog, turned up no explosives, O'Donnell said."

"Flight 1503 was scheduled to leave at 3:30 p.m. Saturday when a flight attendant asked the male passenger to take off some electronic equipment he was using. The man then said, 'There's a bomb in my bag in the overhead compartment,' O'Donnell said."

"Fellow passenger Karla Guadamuz told CNN the man may have been joking about having a bomb. She said she witnessed the arrest and heard him say about the bomb comment, 'I shouldn't have said that.' "
 

FBI agents beaten by illegals (another report)
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Even armed agents aren't safe on our border with Mexico.
 

Scotland: New gun control sought "as gun culture grows"
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"FRESH calls were made yesterday for action to curb the country's weapon culture after new figures revealed an alarming rise in the number of people killed and wounded by guns."

"The Scottish Executive research report showed 348 people were shot dead or injured last year compared to 306 in 2000 - a rise of 14%. The number of criminals accused of wielding guns, which had been pushed below the 1000-mark, also rose during 2001 to 1030."

"SNP shadow deputy justice minister Michael Matheson said the figures followed statistics revealed by his party two weeks ago which highlighted a 500% increase in convictions for carrying offensive weapons. He added: 'Justice minister Jim Wallace must awaken from his slumber and take action to tackle the growing problem of weapon carrying in Scotland.' Scots Tory justice spokesman Lord James Douglas-Hamilton added: 'I am shocked by the sheer scale of the increases.' "

"He said statistics suggested the sentencing policy was failing and called for 'an urgent review. It is time to strike fear of detection and deterrence into criminals before they strike fear into innocent law-abiding citizens.' "
 

MD: Gun laws become an issue in race
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"We have common-sense gun laws here in the state of Maryland and he wants to roll them back. That's wrong," Townsend told a rally of supporters as she opened her Baltimore headquarters. "We're saying to Congressman Ehrlich and your [National Rifle Association] friends, 'Stay out of Baltimore and stay out of our state.'"
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Gee, a candidate promises to review draconian gun legislation in Maryland and a Kennedy gets angry. Who's shocked?
 

IL: Chicago Tribune Anti Gun Columnist Resigns Over Sexual Misconduct Charges
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"Greene's behavior was a serious violation of Tribune ethics and standards for its journalists."

Now if they would only apply their "ethics" in their reporting of firearms statistics and usage.....
 

AL: Nerve gas incineration plant worries local residents
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ANNISTON, ALA. – "Some nights, when he is in a worrying mood, Samuel Robinson sits by himself in the glow from his television screen and counts the windows in his home."

"It could get in here, he thinks."

"It could get in there."

"Any place a breath of air could creep in, he says, so could a tiny amount of deadly vapor, a smidgen of the poison gas that the nearby chemical-weapons incinerator plans to begin burning in October, after years of delay, cost overruns and safety concerns."

" 'And I'll be thinking, what could I do?' said Robinson, 74, who lives just a few miles from the Anniston Army Depot, where stockpiles of deadly nerve gas and mustard gas, some of it leaking from corroded shells, rockets and barrels, await destruction in a $1 billion incineration plant."
 

MI: Owners may not get 36 legally-owned guns back due to possession of banned plant
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ORIGINAL TITLE: "Owners may not get guns back"
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SODUS, MICHIGAN -- "None of the 36 guns seized in February at a Sodus Township home were illegal, federal authorities say, but the owners still may not get them back."

"Because police found less than a half-ounce of marijuana, the U.S. Attorney's Office has launched civil forfeiture proceedings to keep the guns and 28,359 rounds of ammunition, Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Delaney said from his Grand Rapids office. He said felony criminal charges could follow if prosecutors conclude the owners lied on gun registration forms when answering standard questions about possible drug use."

"Tricia Carrie-LaVanway Bauer, who owns the guns with her father, David LaVanway, and her husband, Blaine, said the marijuana possession was a fluke, a one-time occurrence."

" 'Just one time, and they're going to take 36 guns away? C'mon ...,' she said." ...
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You've got to read the rest of this story to believe it -- and then it's still unbelievable.
 

NY: 372 citywide rapes this year in anti-self-defense Big Apple
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"Two teens were raped in separate incidents in Brooklyn and Manhattan, police said yesterday."

"Through Sept. 8, rapes citywide had dropped 14.5 percent, to 372, from 435 for the same time frame last year."

"In March, with rapes up 9 percent, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly set up a task force to deal with the issue and promised to refocus the department's efforts on combating the problem."

Carrying a firearm in the city that never sleeps is strictly prohibited -- making easy pickens for people who force innocent females to have sex.
 

IN: Parents of boy who shot self charged with felony neglect
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If you have small, untrained children in your home, pay very close attention to this story...

"The parents of the 4-year-old Chesterton boy who accidentally shot himself with his father’s handgun in July have been charged with neglect."

"Jennifer Santos, 24, and Hector D. Santos Sr., 23, both of 905 S. 19th St., have been charged with neglect of a dependent, Det. Sgt. Fred Shivalec of the Chesterton Police Department told the Chesterton Tribune today."

"Neglect of a dependent—knowingly or intentionally placing a dependent in a situation that may endanger life or health—is a Class D felony, punishable by a term of six months to three years in prison." ...

Details can be found on the link above.
 

Canada: Citizens beat the snot out of robber who took boy hostage
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"A man holding a four-year-old boy hostage in a bungled robbery at a Vancouver laundromat and video store was attacked and beaten by passers-by."

"In the dramatic confrontation, captured live by TV cameras, the citizens struck and kicked the man, then restrained him until police arrived."

"The unarmed robber put down the child, who was frightened but unhurt, when he was confronted by a number of men, some using chairs as shields. He made his way outside, ready to flee."

"It was then that he was stomped and beaten by a number of men who came to the aid of the store owner."

"After taking some kung fu blows to the midsection and a few kicks to the head and groin, the robber went down like a sack of rice."

"A Global TV crew that was in the area videotaped the incident."

Unfortunately, this website doesn't let us see the video.
 

TX: Petty crimes barely hit radar
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"The small stuff gets bumped to the bottom of the priority list, if it makes the list at all."

"Police officers are expensive, and there just aren't enough of them. It's that simple."

"No wonder some people ... might tend to get a little discouraged when they become victims."

"[I]t's a busy society, and worrying about personal security adds yet another stressful component."

"Gated communities. Armed households. They're both overreactions -- but understandable ones."
 

OK: Weapons policies drawing criticism
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"Oklahoma school officials say the need for such policies, whether they are labeled with the zero-tolerance tag, is obvious."

"During the 1999-2000 school year, the most recent data available, more than 600 Oklahoma students at all grade levels were expelled for weapons possession. Sixty-three firearms were confiscated while more than 1,300 items classified as 'other weapons' were taken from students, schools reported."
 

LaPierre: 9-11 Windfall for Anti-Gun Lobby
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"The anti-gun lobby wants you to surrender your freedoms in the name of security. If Americans fall for it, they will get neither, a new book warns."

" 'Smoke was curling over the ruins of the World Trade Center when the gun-control lobby swung into action, seizing on that tragedy to score points in the political arena,' National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre and his predecessor James Jay Baker write in 'Shooting Straight: Telling the Truth About Guns in America.' "
 

Who’s spying on my Hotmail? - Issues concerning new spyware
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"Think using Yahoo or Hotmail e-mail at work protects you from your boss’ prying eyes? Think again. New spy software essentially lets employers, librarians, or parents co-pilot virtually any kind of e-mail account, including private Web-based e-mail accounts like Yahoo and Hotmail. A new version of eBlaster spyware will secretly forward all e-mail coming and going through such Web-based accounts to a spy’s e-mail, allowing anyone to 'ride-along' even the supposedly private e-mail."
 

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