One police officer has been killed and another injured in a shooting in San Diego, with a suspect now in custody, police reported. The second officer was in surgery, while police have warned other suspects could still be at large.
The officers worked for the gang suppression unit and were shot during a traffic stop at around 11pm local time on Thursday in Southcrest, in the southeast of the city, according to the San Diego Union Tribune.
The names of the officers were not released.
It is with a very sad heart that we announce the death of one of our Officers tonight. Pray for his family pic.twitter.com/3l9PXa1vuW
A suspect has been shot and is receiving treatment, Chief Shelly Zimmerman said early Friday. Others could still be at large, police say.
Area residents have been told to stay indoors for their own safety.
The incident occurred as the two officers pulled over a vehicle around Acacia Grove Way and 36th Street. Calls for emergency backup were made soon afterwards, it is understood. Nearby officers answered the call, but arrived to find two officers with bullet wounds to the upper torso.
One of the officers died, despite being rushed to the hospital. “Despite heroic efforts by officers on scene and heroic efforts by doctors to save his life, I’m heartbroken to report they were unable to save him and he is deceased,” said Zimmerman, who personally notified the family by going to their home.
“It is extremely difficult, but something you have to do,” she told reporters.
The incident comes as police in Southern California remain on high alert after the Dallas and Baton Rouge incidents, which both lead to police deaths earlier this month, and amid orders for greater vigilance.
The U.S. homeownership rate fell to the lowest in more than 50 years as rising prices put buying out of reach for many renters.
The share of Americans who own their homes was 62.9 percent in the second quarter, the lowest since 1965, according to a Census Bureau report Thursday. It was the second straight quarterly decrease, down from 63.5 percent in the previous three months.
The drop extends a years-long decline from the last housing boom, in part because of tight credit and a shift toward renting in the aftermath of the crash. First-time buyers have been struggling to find affordable properties as low mortgage rates and an improving job market spur competition for a tight supply of listings. Home prices rose 5.2 percent in May from a year earlier, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller index of values in 20 cities released this week.
“One of the biggest hurdles now is affordability,” Mark Vitner, a senior economist at Wells Fargo Securities LLC in Charlotte, North Carolina, said before the Census Bureau report was released. “Home prices are rising so much faster than incomes, so it’s hard for buyers to save for a down payment.”
Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed the fatal arrest of Eric Garner, is suing New York city for $10 million, arguing this own arrest was a “retaliation” for the Garner video. Orta is soon to be sentenced on drug charges and gun possession.
The man who videoed the NYPD’s fatal arrest of Eric Garner, which led to national outrage and nationwide protests over police brutality, is suing the city for $10 million. Ramsey Orta argues his own arrest was “retaliation” for making the Garner video.
“He feels he was unjustly singled out for arrest because he took that film of his friend getting arrested. The police have gone out of their way to follow him and arrest every change they get,” Orta’s lawyer, Andrew Plasse, told the New York Daily News.
Two weeks after he filmed New York City police killing Garner by putting him in a chokehold, Orta, 26, was arrested on charges of possessing a .25 caliber Norton semiautomatic handgun. Six months later, he was charged with selling $40 worth of heroin to an undercover cop.
The lawsuit filed on Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court argues that those arrests were unwarranted.
The video, which was first posted on the New York Daily News website, shows police officer Daniel Pantaleo of the New York Police Department putting Garner in a banned chokehold, despite the suspect’s plea of “I can’t breathe.” That video caused a national outcry over police brutality that led to nationwide protests and contributed to the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement.
In the complaint, Plassa said Orta’s film “was seen by millions” and led to “calls for change in the way the NYPD handles arrests and medical care for arrestees.”
Plasse argued that, instead of being supported for exposing police tactics and the failure of the EMT’s to assist a victim, his client was “arrested on false and/or trumped up charges.”
“Twenty six felonies on Staten Island!” Plasse told the Daily News. “If he was sentenced on all of them, he would do more time that (Son of Sam serial killer) David Berkowitz.”
In the end, 25 of those felonies were tossed.
Plasse argued in the complaint that the arrests were “retaliation for (Orta’s) exercising his first amendment rights in protesting police brutality and as a result, (Orta) sustained an unreasonable search and seizure and deprivation of liberty without the process of law.”
A representative of the city Law Department told the New York Daily News, “We will review all the allegations once we get the complaint.”
Orta is currently living with his wife in Las Vegas and is due to report to court in October for sentencing on gun possession and drugs charges that did stick. He is facing four years for pleading guilty to those charges.
New estimates have shown that around 1.65 million women in Latin America could become infected with Zika while they are pregnant, with Brazil carrying the highest number of all. This comes from new research from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom and the University of Notre Dame.
The team at the two universities calculated the number of women who get pregnant who give birth to a full-term baby. They then estimated that the Zika virus outbreak would last another two to three years and settled on the 1.65 million number. However, this is the upper limit of what is possible, stated lead authors on the study.
Alex Perkins, a co-author of the study, said that women in poorer areas are more likely to be infected with the virus. This is because they are less likely to have screens on their windows or air conditioners, two factors that help keep mosquitoes out of homes.
Perkins also said in a statement:
“We think these projections may be pretty good for a location where Zika shows up and starts an epidemic, but at the same time we acknowledge that due simply to random chance and the fact that some places are relatively isolated and sparsely populated, the virus won’t make it to every single corner of the continent.” 
These statistics are important, as while Zika may be asymptomatic in adults, it can cause a wide range of health problems amongst fetuses. Zika has been linked to microcephaly, a developmental disorder in which the child’s head is smaller than that of other children. Aside from being a cosmetic issue, microcephaly can contribute to serious health and developmental issues, which can severely delay overall development and halt speech and walking.
The overall extent of birth defects Zika can cause is not known. It is theorized that Zika may also cause hearing and vision problems to children born to mothers infected with the virus later on in life, though currently this is speculation.
In Brazil alone, there have already been 1600 recorded cases of microcephaly. 
Indeed, commentators on social media and elsewhere, were quick to point out that while he found time to talk about meeting his wife, marrying her, finding a house in Arkansas and raising their daughter, Chelsea, he failed to mention any of the sex scandals that have engulfed him.
Most notably among these, was his involvement with a 22-year-old White Hosue intern called Monica Lewinsky. His lying about the affair led him to endure the scandal of being impeached, and for Hillary Clinton to suffer the pain of her husband being publicly exposed as a cheat.
“The harder the Clintons have worked to preserve their marriage, the less easily that marriage has fit into easy stories about what true love should look like,” Alyssa Rosenberg wrote in the Washington Post.
A Democratic representative took the opportunity to use his speaking time at the DNC Tuesday night to accuse GOP nominee Donald Trump of ‘cashing in’ on the 9/11 attacks, insinuating that Trump profited from the devastation in New York in the months after the twin towers fell.
Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) suggested that Trump defrauded a federal program which was intended to provide financial aid to small businesses affected in the wake of the attacks.
“Where was Donald Trump in the days and months and years after 9/11,” Crowley said.
“He didn’t stand at the pile. He didn’t lobby Congress for help for the first responders. Nope. He cashed in, collecting $150,000 in federal funds intended to help small businesses recover even though days after the attack Trump said his properties were not affected.” Crowley added.
The New York rep then defended Hillary, declaring that she used the funds properly, while Trump sought personal gain.
“Hillary sought those funds to help local mom and pop shops get back on their feet,” Crowely crowed. “Donald Trump sought out a payday for his empire. It was one of our nation’s darkest days, but for Trump it was just another chance to make a buck.”
It’s a claim that has been repeated regularly by Trump detractors. However, it is a non issue, because Trump’s use of the funds was entirely within the purposes of the federal program.
Even Politifact, the notoriously biased left leaning ‘fact checking’ website, determines that Crowley’s charge is only ‘half true’.
By that, Politifact means that Trump acted within the confines of the program and used the funds for the purposes they were intended.
“Crowley’s charge is misleading as it suggests Trump took advantage of the program, when his property at 40 Wall Street did meet the criteria for the money.” the site explains.
The Trump building in question contained 28 employees, well below the 500 cap placed on ‘small businesses’ by the federal program.
Detractors have also insinuated that Trump took the money while admitting that his building wasn’t affected by the attacks. What they fail to point out is that Trump meant his property wasn’t PHYSICALLY affected by the attacks. He wasn’t referring to the economic impact, which is what the program was focused on.
“Trump’s was among over 14,000 companies that received grants totalling $530 million. That includes other firms like the Rockefeller Group, Ford Motors, Dell Inc., Morgan Stanley and the Bank of China.” the report notes.
When the issue was dredged back up in May, Trump again had to explain what really happened to the New York Times:
“The company received this small amount of money after qualifying, given the limited number of employees working at the property. For many months, I allowed people to stay in the building, use the building and store things in the building. I was happy to do it and to this day I am still being thanked for the many people I helped. The value of what I did was far greater than the money talked about.”
In contrast to Trump, Hillary Clinton has used the 9/11 attacks repeatedly as a talking point to avoid and shut down questions over huge contributions given to her campaign by Wall Street fat cats.
Hillary’s running mate addressed an important Democrat constituency on Monday—illegal aliens in the United States. Tim Kaine made sure he used Spanish when he promised Hillary will legalize illegals within the first 100 days of her administration.
Kaine said that he would work hard to make Clinton’s promise to make introducing an immigration reform bill in Congress a priority.
“Hillary will do that in the administration’s first 100 days,” Kaine said in Telemundo. “With my Senate background with colleagues and party officials, I will help with that effort.”
“Senators are already talking about how, after January, if Hillary is president, we should work on immigration reform quickly,” he told Univision.
Telemundo’s Rebeka Smyth questioned the Democrats’ record on immigration, noting that President Obama has deported record numbers of people and that Clinton has advocated the immediate return of unaccompanied minors. “Why should we trust Democrats?” Smyth asked.
“Because we’re fighting every day for a reform of the system,” Kaine answered and then brought up Clinton’s Republican opponent. “In this campaign, Hillary Clinton wanted to reform the system in 2006. Donald Trump isn’t just fighting reform … for him, Latinos are second-class people.”
Mr. Kaine also predicted that House Republicans, who stopped President Obama’s last bid for legalization in 2013, will reverse themselves next year and said House Speaker Paul D. Ryan will lead the GOP to embrace legalization.
“Paul Ryan and the other leaders of his party are going to understand that if they want a future for their party they are going to have to work together to find a solution to this,” Mr. Kaine told “Noticias Telemundo,” according to a transcript provided by the network.
“The sun fired off its strongest solar flare of 2016 during an active weekend that saw three eruptions from the star’s surface,” reports Space.com.
“The uptick in solar activity occurred overnight on Friday and Saturday (July 22 and 23) when the sun unleashed three relatively moderate solar flares, all of which were captured on video by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. While all three were somewhat minor, they are the first substantial solar events in months, NASA officials said in a statement.”
At least 12 people have been injured after an explosion struck a bar in the southern German city of Ansbach, Bavaria. Authorities believe the act was ‘deliberate’ and the perpetrator died in the blast after setting off an improvised device.
The incident took place in the central part of the city, close to an area in which a music festival took place at the weekend, Suddeutsche Zeitung reported. Police have cordoned off the area around the restaurant and are conducting a crime scene investigation.
“The explosion in downtown Ansbach was not a gas explosion, but was caused by an explosive device,” Ansbach Mayor Carda Seidel confirmed. Seidel also said that it should not be ruled out that there could have been several explosions.
The attacker was a 27-year-old Syrian who had entered the country about two years ago, but had been refused asylum, Bavarian authorities told a press conference. His application was rejected a year ago but the man was allowed to stay in Germany temporarily, due to ongoing hostilities in Syria.
Police said that they do not yet know whether the attacker had a radical Islamist background. The investigation currently focused on the attacker’s communications.
The man who was killed by the explosion initially survived the blast but later succumbed to his wounds, a police spokesperson cited by weekly German news magazine, Focus. His injuries were consistent with the close detonation of an unknown explosive device, leading authorities to believe that he was the perpetrator.
The police have set up an operations center in City Hall and a crisis team has been formed. A special police task force (SEC) has also been deployed. Volunteer firefighters from Nuremberg, Katzwang and Almoshof were called in to assist authorities.
Police Chief Craig Bucheit said investigators are still working to determine the exact number of victims. Some were transported to hospitals by the local fire department, while others drove themselves.
He went on to state that the motive and number of shooters is so far unclear.
Witness Tolu Adeseha said he was inside the bar when he heard at least 15 shots go on for what “felt like hours.”
“You [had] people trying to play dead and things like that,” he said. “This is an active shooter and I was trying to tell a girl [next to me], you can’t cry, I know it’s traumatic for you, but you got to stay silent or play dead.”
Officers found shell casings both inside and outside the bar, WCPO reported.
Initial reports indicated that at least two people had been shot, with potentially more victims.
The site has been cordoned off by authorities.
Acknowledging that previous violence has taken place at the bar, Bucheit said: “What happened tonight tonight is unacceptable and we’re going to work with management and ownership to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
Doubles bar was also the scene of a double shooting in August 2015.
Wayne Madsen Reports has learned from Hispanic California delegates pledge to Donald Trump that many of them are avoiding giving television interviews because they are afraid that members of the violent El Salvadorean gang, MS-13, will identify them and target their families and property in California during their absence this week.
These delegates have flatly refused to be interviewed, although some have been seen on television within the California floor delegation waving Trump signs.
The Trump delegates said that, like themselves, some Hispanic Republicans and others in California are refusing to publicly indicate their preference for Trump because of the threat of violence from MS-13.
The threats by MS-13 will only add to the debate over illegal immigration into the United States, an issue that has been one of Trump’s “red meat” concerns during the campaign.
Although it was California Trump delegates who were fearful of reprisals from MS-13, the gang also has strong roots in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Boston, New Jersey, and Houston. Trump’s strong law and order message is apparently more popular among Hispanic voters, as a bloc, than current polling indicates. However, because of threats by MS-13 many likely Hispanic voters are hesistant to make their choice on November 8th known to pollsters or journalists.
In 2006, U.S. Senator Barack Obama’s voice thundered across the Senate floor as he boldly declared that “increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally.
Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren.” That was one of the truest things that he ever said, but just a couple of years later he won the 2008 election and he turned his back on those principles. As I write this article, the U.S. national debt is sitting at a grand total of $19,402,361,890,929.46. But when Barack Obama first entered the White House, our federal government was only 10.6 trillion dollars in debt. That means that we have added an average of 1.1 trillion dollars a year to the national debt under Obama, and we still have about six more months to go.
Even though Barack Obama is on track to be the first president in all of U.S. historyto not have a single year when the U.S. economy grew by 3 percent or better, many have still been mystified by the fact that the economy has been relatively stable in recent years.
But the explanation is rather simple, actually. Anyone can live like a millionaire if the credit card companies will lend them enough money. You could even do it yourself. Just go out and apply for as many credit cards as possible and then spend money like there is no tomorrow. In no time at all, you will be living the high life.
Of course many of you would immediately object that a day of reckoning would come eventually, and you would be right. Just like for those that abuse credit cards, a financial day of reckoning is coming for America too.
In the United States today, our standard of living is being massively inflated by taking trillions of dollars of future consumption and moving it into the present. The politicians love to do this because it makes them look good and they can take credit for an “economic recovery”, but what we are doing to our children and our grandchildren is beyond criminal.
On average, we are stealing more than 100 million dollars from future generations of Americans every single hour of every single day. We are complete and utter pigs, and yet most Americans don’t see anything wrong with what we are doing.
At this point, our national debt is more than 30 times larger than it was just 40 years ago, and many (including myself) have argued that it is now mathematically impossible for the U.S. government to ever pay off all of this debt.
The only thing that we can do now is to keep the party going for as long as possible until the day of reckoning inevitably comes.
Under Obama, our national debt will come close to doubling. What that means is that during Obama’s eight years we will accumulate almost as much debt as we did under all of the other presidents in U.S. history combined.
Right now, the U.S. government is responsible for about a third of all the government debt in the entire world. Fortunately the financial world continues to lend us gigantic mountains of money at ridiculously low interest rates, but if that were to ever change we would be in an enormous amount of trouble very rapidly.
For instance, if the average rate of interest on U.S. government debt simply returns to the long-term average, we would very quickly find ourselves spending more than a trillion dollars a year just in interest on the national debt.
And as the Baby Boomers age, our “unfunded liabilities” threaten to absolutely swamp us. By the year 2025, it is being projected that “mandatory” federal spending on “unfunded liabilities” such as Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare plus interest on the national debt will exceed total federal revenue. What that means is that we will spend every penny we bring in before a single dollar is spent on the military, homeland security, paying federal workers, building roads and bridges, etc.
In recent years the Federal Reserve has also had a “buy now, pay later” mentality.
While Obama has been in the White House, the size of the Fed balance sheet has grown by about two and a half trillion dollars. The goal has been to artificially pump up the economy, but when the Federal Reserve creates money out of thin air it is actually a tax on all of us. The purchasing power of every dollar that we will spend in the future has been diminished thanks to the Fed, but most Americans don’t understand this.
What most Americans want is for someone to “fix things” in the short-term, and not much consideration is ever given to the long-term damage that is being done.
I know that the phrase “trillion dollars” is thrown around a lot these days, and to a lot of people it doesn’t have a whole lot of meaning anymore. But the truth is that it is an absolutely enormous amount of money. In fact, if you went out right this moment and started spending one dollar every single second, it would take you more than 31,000 years to spend one trillion dollars.
A final example of our “buy now, pay later” mentality can be seen in our ridiculously bloated trade deficit. We consume far more than we produce as a nation, and we buy far more from the rest of the world than they buy from us. As a result, tens of thousands of businesses and millions of good paying jobs have gone overseas, and many of our formerly great manufacturing cities are now vast industrial wastelands. Our economic infrastructure has been gutted at a pace that is staggering, and yet most Americans still don’t understand what has been done to them.
If you visit your typical “big box” retail store today, where is most of the stuff made? Instinctively, most of you would answer “China”, and that is not too far from the truth.
We buy far, far more stuff from China then they buy from us. This makes them steadily wealthier, and it makes us steadily poorer. Unfortunately, our trade deficit with China has gotten much, much worse while Barack Obama has been in the White House.
Our long-term economic and financial problems have greatly accelerated under Barack Obama, but our leaders feverishly work to make things look okay in the short-term and so most Americans don’t notice what is happening.
Unfortunately, this Ponzi scheme cannot go on forever and a day of reckoning is coming. And when it arrives, the pain that it is going to cause for ordinary Americans is going to be far greater than most of us would dare to imagine.
The website Al Masdar News has released a graphic video which shows how the US-backed ‘moderate rebels’ in Aleppo behead a 12-year-old boy they have captured near Handarat Refugee Camp in northern Aleppo. The leadership of the group subsequently called the sickening killing “an individual error”; online users called it a “heinous act”.
The boy, 12-year-old Abdallah Issa, the website said, was arrested by Islamist militants fighting for the Turkish-backed Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement for allegedly fighting for the Palestinian Liwaa Al Quds (Al-Quds Brigade).
On Tuesday, the reports emerged that the US cut aid to the Syrian rebel group after becoming aware of the video.
The US State Department promised “consequences” if the gruesome video turns out to be genuine.
“If we can prove indeed what happened and that this group [al-Zinki] was involved in it, it would give us pause about any assistance or frankly any further involvement”, US State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner told reporters at a press briefing today.
“I can’t take what these consequences would be, but this certainly would give a pause and we’ll look at any affiliation or cooperation with this group,” he reiterated.
The killing was condemned by a number of Syrian residents.
“This is the work of criminals, and is forbidden in Islam,” Imam Mohamed Badawi railed against the killing at an Aleppo mosque.
The killing was also condemned by the opposition Syrian National Coalition, which expressed “shock at the horrific scenes” and urged the faction to follow through on its pledge to investigate and punish the perpetrators.
”The National Coalition… does not condone any behaviour that is contrary to the principles of the revolution and the aspirations of the Syrian people who came out to demand freedom, dignity and justice,” the statement added.
Mohamed Mansour, a resident of Al-Mashhad where the execution occurred has also condemned the killing.
“This is a big error and will harm all the Free Syrian Army rebel factions,” he said.
“There is nothing in Islam that allows the slaughter of prisoners. Islam requires captives to be well-treated, fed and cared for.”
The sickening beheading also caused outrage in Twitter with many users wondering whether the ‘beheading of kids is part of the US fight for freedom and democracy.”
Syria is demanding the UN take action after it says French war planes killed more than 120 civilians during airstrikes on Tuesday near the Turkish-Syrian border. The deaths came just a day after US air assaults killed a further 20 people in Manbij.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry sent letters to the UN secretary general and to the president of the UN Security Council, which at present is Japan.
Damascus wants the organization to look into atrocities committed by France, which is a member of the US-led international coalition, after it targeted the village of Toukhan Al-Kubra, located near the Turkish-Syrian border and the city of Manbij.
“The French unjust aggression claimed the lives of more than 120 civilians, most of them are children, women and elderly, in addition to tens of wounded citizens, the majority of them are also children and women as reports say that the fate of scores of other civilians who still under debris are unknown too,” the Syrian Foreign Ministry wrote, as cited by the Syrian Arab News Agency.
The mass death toll in Toukhan Al-Kubra came just a day after US war planes killed around 20 people, mainly women and children, while many more were injured in and around the city of Manbij, the Foreign Ministry states.
“The government of the Syrian Arab Republic condemns, with the strongest terms, the two bloody massacres perpetrated by the French and US warplanes and those affiliated to the so-called international coalition which send their missiles and bombs to the civilians instead of directing them to the terrorist gangs… Syria also affirms that those who want to combat terrorism seriously should coordinate with the Syrian government and army,” the ministry added.
In the letter, the Syrian Foreign Ministry added that it condemns the continued support by the US, France, Saudi Arabia, the UK and Qatar to terrorist organizations such as Al-Nusra Front and Jaish Al-Islam, despite these groups having clear links to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and Al-Qaeda.
The human rights watchdog Amnesty International also hit out at the US-led coalition, saying that it needs to do more to prevent the deaths of civilians.
“Anyone responsible for violations of international humanitarian law must be brought to justice and victims and their families should receive full reparation,” Amnesty’s interim Middle East director Magdalena Mughrabi said, as cited by Reuters.
A spokesman for the US Department of Defense says that it is aware of the loss of civilian life in Syria.
“We are aware of reports alleging civilian casualties near Manbij, Syria, recently. As with any allegation we receive, we will review any information we have about the incident,” Matthew Allen said in a statement.
“We take all measures during the targeting process to avoid or minimize civilian casualties or collateral damage and to comply with the principles of the Law of Armed Conflict,” he added.
The US-led coalition has been providing air support to the rebel group the Syrian Arab Coalition, which is involved in heavy fighting around the city of Manbij, currently under the control of Islamic State.
The terrorist group has been in control of the city since it seized large swathes of Syria and Iraq in the summer of 2014.
In an interview with NBC News last week, Syrian President Bashar Assad said that the US is not interested in defeating terrorists in Syria as it really wants “to control and use them.”
“The reality is telling that, since the beginning of the American airstrikes, terrorism has been expanding and prevailing,” he told the channel, specifying that “during the American and alliance airstrikes, ISIS was expanding and taking over new areas in Syria.”
“It’s about being serious, having the will. The United States doesn’t have the will to defeat the terrorists. It had the will to control them and to use them as a card, like they did in Afghanistan. That will reflect on the military aspect of the issue,” Assad said.
Just days after Tunisian-born French resident Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove a truck into a crowded Bastille Day celebration in Nice, France, killing at least 84, a French-led bombing attack on the Syrian villages of Tokhar and Hoshariyeh today has reportedly killed more than 120 civilians.
Mainstream media and even the rebel-friendly Syrian Observatory for Human Rights have confirmed the killings and the civilian victims.
Shortly after the Nice attack, French president Hollande vowed to retaliate by stepping up bombing in Iraq and Syria.
We may be left asking the obvious couple of questions. Why do 120 innocent Syrian civilians deserve to die because 84 innocent French civilians were killed in a terrorist attack? And how does France expect to avoid further blowback for its aggressive Middle East policy if it continues to provide endless recruiting narratives?
President Obama’s “most transparent administration ever” is being accused of “failure by design” in the DoJ’s protocols for responding to public requests. The FOIA law states that agencies must “make reasonable efforts to search for the records in electronic form or format,” but as The Guardian reports, a new lawsuit alleges DoJ intentionally conducts inadequate searches of its records using a decades-old computer system when queried by citizens looking for records that should be available to the public.
In an effort to demonstrate that the DoJ does not comply with this provision, Shapiro requested records of his own requests and ran up against the same roadblocks that stymied his progress in previous inquiries. A judge ruled in January that the FBI had acted in a manner “fundamentally at odds with the statute”.
Now, armed with that ruling, Shapiro hopes to change policy across the entire department. Shapiro filed his suit on the 50th anniversary of Foia’s passage this month.
Foia requests to the FBI are processed by searching the Automated Case Support system (ACS), a software program that celebrates its 21st birthday this year. The FBI’s chief technology officer during the second George W Bush administration, Jack Israel, said he was unimpressed with the system in a Q&A cited in Shapiro’s complaint with the now-defunct site FierceGovernmentIT.
Not only is the interface archaic, but the way that you search data, the way you input data, all of those are archaic, wrote Shapiro in his complaint. Indeed, in 2012 a DoJ commission headed by Webster himself investigating the 2009 Fort Hood shooting called ACS “the FBI’s most outdated system”, noting that “[i]t is being phased out in favor of an impressive Web-based successor, Sentinel”.
More recently, the FBI’s own investigation into the September 11 attacks found that “[o]n September 11, 2001, the Bureau’s information technology was inadequate to support its counterterrorism mission”, noting further that “[t]he FBI’s legacy investigative information system, the Automated Case Support (ACS), was not very effective in identifying information or supporting investigations”.
Not only are the records indexed by ACS allegedly inadequate, Shapiro told the Guardian, but the FBI refuses to search the full text of those records as a matter of policy.
When few or no records are returned, Shapiro said, the FBI effectively responds “sorry, we tried” without making use of the much more sophisticated search tools at the disposal of internal requestors.
“The FBI’s assertion is akin to suggesting that a search of a limited and arbitrarily produced card catalogue at a vast library is as likely to locate book pages containing a specified search term as a full text search of database containing digitized versions of all the books in that library,” Shapiro said.
Shapiro told the Guardian that the reason the DoJ gave for refusing to use its $425m Sentinel software to process Foia requests after ACS had failed to recover records was that a Sentinel search “would be needlessly duplicative of the FBI’s default ACS UNI index-based searches and wasteful of Bureau resources”.
To Shapiro, this is both disingenuous and evidence of the well-documented resistance to this law at the DoJ.
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But then again, we can look forward to Hillary Clinton’s ‘transparency’ to take care of all this, if/when she becomes president.
National health spending is projected to exceed $10,000 per person for the first time in 2016, according to an announcement from federal health officials.
National health expenditures will hit $3.35 trillion this year, which is up 4.8 percent from 2015, according to a paper written by officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Officials project that health spending growth from 2015 to 2025 will average 5.8 percent, which will exceed growth in gross domestic product by 1.3 percent. Currently, health care spending represents 17.5 percent of the economy. Health care spending is projected to account for just over one-fifth, or 20.1 percent, of the entire economy in 2025.
“Following the initial effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on health care spending and insurance coverage, increases in economic growth, faster growth in medical prices, and population aging are expected to be the primary drivers of national health spending and coverage trends over the next decade,” the paper states.
This news will give anti-marijuana crusaders fits.
A new study in the journal Health Affairs looked in great detail at prescription drug usage in U.S. states that have legalized medical marijuana. Researchers Ashley Bradford and David Bradford collected Medicare data for the period 2010-2013 to answer two questions: are patients choosing marijuana instead of prescription drugs for conditions that marijuana might treat, and what has been the overall effect on Medicare spending?
The bottom line: in 2013 alone, when 17 states had legalized medical marijuana, Medicare saved over $165 million. A simple extrapolation suggests that if all states legalize marijuana, annual savings could be triple that amount, $500 million. (Obviously this extrapolation is over-simplified: it depends on the actual populations of those 17 states, and it only considers Medicare. Commercial healthcare plans may save far more.)
The authors, a father-daughter team at the University of Georgia, looked at over 87 million prescriptions from the Medicare Part D database, focusing only on conditions where marijuana “might serve as an alternative treatment.” These fall into nine specific categories for which at least some evidence suggests marijuana could help: anxiety, depression, glaucoma, nausea, pain, psychosis, seizures, sleep disorders and spasticity. The best clinical evidence of marijuana’s benefits, according to the study, is for pain, for which the clinical evidence is “moderate”; most of the other conditions have evidence rated as low or very low.
Turkish Prime Minister said that 2,839 soldiers and officers implicated in an overnight coup attempt have been arrested. At least 265 people have been killed, including 104 pro-coup participants, while 1,440 people were injured in military action in Istanbul and Ankara.
According to Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, those arrested included ordinary soldiers and high-ranking officers. He added that about 20 of those who planned the overnight coup were killed and 30 more were wounded.
Acting chief of staff of the armed forces Umit Dundar said during a press conference that more than 190 people have been killed since the attempted coup was launched.
“1,563 soldiers were arrested, and 104 military who took part in the coup were killed in clashes. Ninety others were also killed, including 41 [pro-government] police officers, 2 [pro-government] soldiers and 47 civilians,” he said.
Pro-government forces have seized control of the top military HQ building, but there are still some groups of rebels resisting, a Turkish official said on Saturday, as cited by Reuters.
General Hulusi Akar, who heads Turkey’s armed forces, has been rescued from rebel captivity. He was the most senior military official in their hands.
The rebels reportedly have several helicopter gunships in their disposal, but loyalists have threatened to shoot them down as they downed at least one aircraft carrying out attacks on government buildings.
A faction of the Turkish military attempted to overthrow the government on Friday night, employing tanks and attack helicopters. The conspiracy appears to have failed, however, as they didn’t manage to capture any senior government officials and couldn’t win wide support from the Turkish military.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on his civilian supporters to take to the streets of Istanbul, which they did. Rebel soldiers, who called on the population to stay indoors, apparently didn’t have the resolve to launch a full-scale war against civilians in Turkey’s biggest city.
The coup attempt began on Friday night when warplanes and helicopters buzzed over Ankara and rebel troops moved in to seal off the bridges over the Bosphorus Strait.
Tanks attacked several government buildings, including the Turkish parliament, as lawmakers hid in shelters inside the building.
Several airports were shut down and access to social media was blocked in the first hours of turmoil.
The TRT state television and the Turkish branch of CNN were seized and ceased broadcasting.
The tide turned early on Saturday as rebels lost momentum and failed to win support.
Government officials accused Fethullah Gulen, an influential cleric in self-imposed exile in the United States, of instigating the plot. Gulen used to be an ally of Erdogan, but turned into his fierce opponent.
In 2013, Turkey was shaken by a corruption scandal involving senior government figures. Erdogan claimed it had been set up by Gulen and launched a crackdown on his supporters in the police and judiciary.
Even though Erdogan appears to have kept his hold on power, the coup attempt is a clear signal that some of his policies are badly failing, Sreeram Chaullia from the Jindal School of International Affairs told RT.
Under his watch, Turkey has picked a fight with Kurdish insurgents, contributed to the chaos in Syria and Iraq, antagonized Iran and Russia, and to some extent made Turkey a liability to NATO, he explained.
“I have a feeling that this coup is linked to the security crisis. A series of terrorist attacks signal the inability of the Turkish government to stop these attacks. It has angered some sections of the security establishment that believe that they can do a better job because Erdogan is just playing politics with everything,” he said.
Modern Turkey has undergone three successful military coups over its century-long history, the latest in 1980.
The Turkish military has traditionally been the guarantor of the country’s secularity, while Erdogan’s platform is Islamist in nature. Critics accuse the Turkish president of trying to turn the country into an Islamic state with him as its dictatorial head.
Erdogan, who has been in power since 2002, has faced being toppled by the military before, but the alleged plot dubbed Operation Sledgehammer was prevented in 2010 by a series of arrests. Some 300 alleged conspirators were sent to prison at that time.
Turkey is a member of NATO and a key US ally in the region, providing its airbase for the ongoing military campaign in neighboring Syria. It also hosts American nuclear weapons, with an estimated 50 to 90 B61 bombs stored at the Incirlik base.
The pages, released Friday, were speculated to contain references mentioning Saudi involvement in the 9/11 terror attacks, after 15 of the alleged 19 hijackers were revealed to be from Saudi Arabia.
“While in the United States, some of the September 11 hijackers were in contact with, and received support or assistance from, individuals who may be connected to the Saudi Government,” the report reads. “There is information, primarily from FBI sources, that at least two of those individuals were alleged by some to be Saudi intelligence officers.”
The report goes on: “The Joint Inquiry’s review confirmed that the Intelligence Community also has information, much of which has yet to be independently verified, indicating that individuals associated with the Saudi Government in the United States may have other ties to al-Qa-ida and other terrorist groups. The FBI and CIA have informed the Joint Inquiry that, since the September 11 attacks, they are treating the Saudi issue seriously, but both still have only a limited understanding of the Saudi Government’s ties to terrorist elements.”
Joint inquiry officials also commented that the CIA and FBI’s failure to “address the Saudi issue” was “unacceptable.”
Previously, several law enforcement agents including the FBI and police came forward with statements that investigations were inhibited when it came to looking at Saudi Arabia’s role.
“The FBI was thwarted from interviewing the Saudis we wanted to interview by the White House,” said former FBI agent and investigator Mark Rossini, who added the White House “let them off the hook.”
Former Fairfax County Police Lt. Roger Kelly also said the FBI would not field questions on Saudi Arabia.
“The FBI covered their ears every time we mentioned the Saudis,” Kelly told the New York Post. “It was too political to touch.”
The newly-released pages comprise a fraction of the joint inquiry’s 838-page report into the attacks, but were ordered classified by the Bush administration in 2004.
In May, CIA Director John Brennan told NBC the release of the missing pages could reveal “sensitive methods” used by US intelligence,” in addition to the government’s “investigative actions.”
Obama had previously commented on legislation passed by the Senate which would allow the families affected by the 9/11 attacks to sue the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia over their alleged involvement.
“This is a matter of how generally the United States approaches our interactions with other countries. If we open up the possibility that individuals and the United States can routinely start suing other governments, then we are also opening up the United States to being continually sued by individuals in other countries,” Obama told CBS News’ Charlie Rose.
Questions still remain given White House adviser Richard Clarke’s admitted involvement in removing Saudi officials from the country following the 9/11 attacks.
“The adviser, Richard Clarke, who ran the White House crisis team after the attacks but has since left the Bush administration, said he agreed to the extraordinary plan because the Federal Bureau of Investigation assured him that the departing Saudis were not linked to terrorism,” the New York Times reported in 2003.
Among the numerous views held by those espousing “9/11 truth,” one central idea remains the same: The United States government is complicit in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.
An article in the New York Post this week, boldly titled “How US covered up Saudi role in 9/11,” details how the highest levels of the US government not only helped conceal Saudi involvement but assisted the perpetrators in escaping the country.
“The kingdom’s involvement was deliberately covered up at the highest levels of our government. And the coverup goes beyond locking up 28 pages of the Saudi report in a vault in the US Capitol basement,” Paul Sperry writes. “Investigations were throttled. Co-conspirators were let off the hook.”
Everyone from Join Terrorism Task Force members to FBI agents and Virginia law enforcement say that despite evidence leading to the Saudi Embassy in Washington, investigations were derailed repeatedly by higher ups.
“Those sources say the pages missing from the 9/11 congressional inquiry report — which comprise the entire final chapter dealing with ‘foreign support for the September 11 hijackers’ — details ‘incontrovertible evidence’ gathered from both CIA and FBI case files of official Saudi assistance for at least two of the Saudi hijackers who settled in San Diego.”
The Saudi Connection
One name specifically, that of Saudi Ambassador Prince Bandar, commonly known as “Bandar Bush” due to his longtime relationship with the president, came up frequently during investigations.
“Some information has leaked from the redacted section, including a flurry of pre-9/11 phone calls between one of the hijackers’ Saudi handlers in San Diego and the Saudi Embassy, and the transfer of some $130,000 from then-Saudi Ambassador Prince Bandar’s family checking account to yet another of the hijackers’ Saudi handlers in San Diego,” Sperry continues.
Upon learning of the agent’s knowledge, State Department officials responded not by detaining Bandar, but by providing him with round-the-clock protection.
“An investigator who worked with the JTTF in Washington complained that instead of investigating Bandar, the US government protected him — literally,” the article says. “He said the State Department assigned a security detail to help guard Bandar not only at the embassy, but also at his McLean, Va., mansion.”
Former FBI agent John Guandolo, a Washington field agent who investigated Bandar following 9/11, says the Saudi should have undoubtedly been treated as a suspect.
“The Saudi ambassador funded two of the 9/11 hijackers through a third party,” Guandolo said. “He should be treated as a terrorist suspect, as should other members of the Saudi elite class who the US government knows are currently funding the global jihad.”
The article goes on to state that just two days after the attack, Bandar visited the White House to enjoy several cigars with President Bush before being granted safe passage out of the country with other Saudis.
“After he met on Sept. 13, 2001, with President Bush in the White House, where the two old family friends shared cigars on the Truman Balcony, the FBI evacuated dozens of Saudi officials from multiple cities, including at least one Osama bin Laden family member on the terror watch list,” Sperry says. “Instead of interrogating the Saudis, FBI agents acted as security escorts for them, even though it was known at the time that 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi citizens.”
Then-White House adviser Richard Clarke also stated in 2003 that he aided the Saudis escape after being assured by FBI agents that they had been cleared of wrongdoing.
“The adviser, Richard Clarke, who ran the White House crisis team after the attacks but has since left the Bush administration, said he agreed to the extraordinary plan because the Federal Bureau of Investigation assured him that the departing Saudis were not linked to terrorism,” Times writer Eric Lichtblau stated.
The Saudi Panic
In response to growing knowledge of the Saudi’s role, the Islamic kingdom has threatened to “sell up to $750 billion in treasury securities and other assets in the United States” if legislation backing the release of the 28 pages is passed.
“Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister, delivered the kingdom’s message personally last month during a trip to Washington, telling lawmakers that Saudi Arabia would be forced to sell up to $750 billion in treasury securities and other assets in the United States before they could be in danger of being frozen by American courts,” writes The New York Times.
Although such information is devastating to the US, Saudi Arabia and the “official story” of September 11, much of it has been public since the years following the attack.
The Other Whistleblowers
Largely ignored by the press is the countless other government officials who also say they experienced similar treatment when trying to investigate America’s largest ever terror attack.
Former NSA senior executive Thomas Drake, who blew the whistle on domestic surveillance during the Bush presidency, has commented repeatedly on NSA intelligence that would have “undoubtedly” stopped 9/11.
“The NSA had critical intelligence about Al Qaeda and associated movements in particular that had never been properly shared outside of NSA,” Drake said in 2014. “They simply did not share critical intelligence although they had it.”
Former senior intelligence officer Lt. Col Anthony Shaffer was similarly sidelined by the Defense Intelligence Agency for blowing the whistle on covered up operations that identified two terrorist cells later charged for the 9/11 attacks.
“I had no intention of joining the ranks of ‘whistle blowers,’” Shaffer said in 2009. “When I made my disclosure to the 9/11 commission regarding the existence of a pre 9/11 offensive counter-terrorism operation that had discovered several of the 9/11 terrorists a full year before the 9/11 attacks my intention was to simply tell the truth, and fulfill my oath of office.”
Shaffer also joined the Alex Jones Show well over one year ago to discuss the Saudi’s role in 9/11 and the 28 pages.
Former FBI wiretap translator Sibel Edmonds, who had access to top-secret communications, also stated in 2004 that the FBI had detailed 9/11 foreknowledge that specifically mentioned a terrorist attack involving airplanes.
“We should have had orange or red-type of alert in June or July of 2001. There was that much information available,” Edmonds said. “There was specific information about use of airplanes, that an attack was on the way two or three months beforehand and that several people were already in the country by May of 2001. They should’ve alerted the people to the threat we’re facing.”
9/11 Truth & The 2016 Election
The 28 pages are now so mainstream that presidential candidates are being forced to find a stance on the topic.
“But it wasn’t the Iraqis, you will find out who really knocked down the World Trade Center,” Trump said at a campaign event in Bluffton, South Carolina. “Because they have papers in there that are very secret, you may find it’s the Saudis, okay? But you will find out.”
Other candidates have been less forward.
Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton refused to say Monday whether she had even seen the 28 pages at all.
“I am not commenting,” she said.
Although Clinton has remained tight-lipped, her and fellow Democrat Bernie Sanders are backing legislation that would allow families of loved ones killed in the 9/11 attacks to sue the Saudi government.
“Obviously, we’ve got to make anyone who participates in or supports terrorism pay a price, and we also have to be aware of any consequences that might affect Americans, either military or civilian or our nation,” Clinton told ABC.
“It could put the United States and our taxpayers and our service members and our diplomats at significant risk if other countries were to adopt a similar law,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Monday. “Given the long list of concerns I have expressed … it’s difficult to imagine a scenario in which the president would sign the bill as it’s currently drafted.”
Before dropping out, Republican Jeb Bush was confronted twice by Infowars reporters on the Saudi link.
“Ya, I’d like to see em,” Bush said. “You got ’em?”
Jeb again quipped during the second encounter, asking if the reporter could supply him with a copy.
“You haven’t sent ’em to me,” Jeb said. “I don’t know anything about ’em man.”
Regardless of one’s exact theory on the details of 9/11, it’s time for Americans and people around the world to admit they were lied to.
The terror attack in Nice has shocked the world, but rough figures reveal something even more appalling – far more people have been killed by terrorists in France under president Hollande in the last two years than in the previous 100.
Between 1914 and 2014, some 150 people were killed in bombings, targeted assassinations, and plane hijackings, the deadliest of which occurred in 1961, when 28 people were killed in the bombing of a Strasbourg-Paris train carried out by a far-right paramilitary organization opposed to the independence of Algeria called Organisation de l’armee secrete (OAS).
The Nice truck tragedy is the third terror attack in France in less than two years. The first was an attack on the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine in January of 2015, which was followed by the massacre in central Paris in November of the same year. Altogether, the three terror attacks have claimed more than 230 lives.
Charlie Hebdo shooting
The attacks began on January 7, when two Islamist gunmen stormed the headquarters of the controversial satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing twelve people and injuring twelve before escaping.
Two days later, on January 9, the police tracked the gunmen to an industrial building in Dammartin-en-Goele, where they took one hostage. Another gunman also shot a police officer on January 8 and took more hostages the next day at a Jewish kosher market near the Porte de Vincennes.
French elite counter-terrorist units GIGN, RAID, and BRI made simultaneous raids in Dammartin and at Porte de Vincennes, killing three attackers along with four hostages, who died in the Vincennes supermarket during the rescue operation. A total of twenty people were killed in the attacks, according to French authorities.
November terror attacks in Paris
On November 13, 2015, a series of synchronized terror attacks took place in Paris and Saint-Denis, a northern suburb of the capital.
In the evening, three suicide bombers exploded their belts near the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, followed by separate suicide bomb attacks and mass shootings at cafes, restaurants, and a music venue in central Paris.
The Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terror group claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it had been carried out in revenge for recent French airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.
The attack took 130 lives, including 89 at the Bataclan theatre, where the terrorists took hostages, leading to a stand-off with police.
Nice truck attack
Last night in the south of France, a lorry rammed into a festive crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice. The driver was able to drive two kilometers while mowing down pedestrians before being shot by police.
The suspect who drove through a crowd of people in Nice, France, killing at least 80 people has been identified as a local resident of Tunisian origin.
Police shot the 31-year-old man following the rampage – which left more than 150 injured – and located weapons and grenades in the truck he drove, state reports from Sputnik and French paper Nice Matin.
The 28 pages of the joint congressional inquiry into the 9/11 commission’s report detailing Saudi Involvement in the attacks could be released as early as Friday, according to the House Intelligence Committee.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement has released nearly 90,000 illegal immigrants since 2013 who had committed more than 200,000 crimes, according to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah) reported during a hearing Thursday that nearly a million illegal aliens who have received final deportation orders remain in the United States.
“We have people that come here legally to this country, we have people that come here illegally to this country,” Chaffetz said during his opening statement. “But there’s a population here that may have overstayed a visa, they may have come here on a tourist visa or a student visa. But they were supposed to go home and they didn’t and they’re here illegally.”
“Nevertheless, there is a large population of people that are in this country illegally,” he said. “Unfortunately, there is also a criminal element to this population.”
A black male opened fire on a police officer’s home in Indiana Tuesday just days after being released from prison.
According to reports, 27-year-old March Eugene Ratney began screaming profanities and firing on an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer’s home just after 2am.
The violent felon, who had recently been released after serving half of a 12-year sentence, was wearing a shirt with the words “Black Lives Matter” and “F*ck the police” during the incident.
Although Ratney fired 17 shots – hitting the officer’s home, patrol vehicle and fence – neither the officer or his family were harmed.
IMPD Chief Troy Riggs says the officer had just returned home from work when the shooting began.
“Think about this, this is your home,” Riggs said. “If there is one place in this world where you should always feel safe and your family should feel safe, it is in your home.”
“If we’re going to overcome issues in our community, whether perceived or actual, we’ve got to work together and we can’t tolerate this. This officer represents this city and our city was attacked and his family was attacked as a result.”
Ratney, who was captured by a surveillance camera fleeing the area, was arrested by police during a traffic stop less than an hour later.
While being questioned at police headquarters, Ratney, who denied involvement, allegedly became belligerent before urinating in the interview room.
Police say a search of the suspect’s residence uncovered two firearms. The man could now face charges related to a serious violent felon in possession of a firearm.
As reported by Fox59, local Black Lives Matter members were quick to disassociate themselves with the shooter.
“He is not a part of the movement and you can tell he’s not a part of the movement just in his approach to this whole issue,” said Muhammad Siddeeq of The Concerned Clergy. “That movement is a movement trying to do positive things and peacefully resolve issues.”
Although Black Lives Matter has attempted to portray itself as a non-violent group, such actions and rhetoric have continued since the shooting of 11 police officers in Dallas by a Black Lives Matter supporter.
Sixteen Obamacare co-ops have now failed. Illinois announced that Land of Lincoln Health, a taxpayer funded Obamacare co-op, would close its doors, leaving 49,000 without insurance. The co-op now joins a list of 15 other Obamacare co-ops that have collapsed since Obamacare has been implemented. Failed co-ops have now cost taxpayers more than $1.7 billion in funds that may never be recovered.
Co-ops were hyped as not-for-profit alternatives to traditional insurance companies created under Obamacare. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) financed co-ops with startup and solvency loans, totaling more than $2.4 billion in taxpayer dollars. They have failed to become sustainable with many collapsing amid the failure of Obamacare exchanges.
Since September, 13 Obamacare co-ops have collapsed, with only seven of the original 23 co-ops remaining. Illinois’ Land of Lincoln co-op faced losses of $90 million last year and is suing the federal government for the deficit caused by Obamacare. Co-ops across the country have struggled to operate in Obamacare exchanges, losing millions despite receiving enormous government subsidies.
The mass failure of co-ops should not be surprising. Larger insurance companies have also struggled to operate in Obamacare exchanges with many announcing they will stop providing coverage.
The Obama administration will meet its target of settling 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States by the time fiscal year 2016 ends on September 30, Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Tuesday night.
Addressing an end-of-Ramadan Eid al-Fitr reception at the State Department, Kerry noted that the 10,000 figure would be a six-fold increase in Syrian refugee admissions from FY 2015.
“Tonight, I can announce proudly that we will meet President Obama’s goal of welcoming 10,000 Syrian refugees to the United States in the current fiscal year,” he said.
The hacktivist group Anonymous is now calling for nationwide Day of Rage protests on Friday, July 15th. The video below promotes the protests.
(WARNING: There is some disturbing and graphic violence in this video):
Use this as a list of places NOT to be on Friday the 15th. While the video by Anonymous does specify non-violence and denounces the actions taken against police officers that were not involved in these deaths, with the tagline “Day of Rage” I think it’s safe to expect emotions to be running very high on both sides of the line. No matter how great your empathy might be for those who have unjustly lost their lives, these protests are not safe places to be.
These are the locations and times for the protests:
Phoenix: 5:00PM (EASTLAKE PARK, 1549 E Jefferson St , Phoenix, AZ 85034)
Tuscon: 5:00PM (CATALINA PARK, 900 N 4th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705)
Little Rock: 6:00PM (OUTSIDE STATE CAPITOL BUILDING, Dr Martin Luther King Jr Dr., Little Rock, AR 72201)
San Francisco: 4:00PM (CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, 355 Mcallister St, San Francisco, California 94102)
Oakland: 4:00PM (FRANK OGAWA PLAZA, 1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612)
Los Angeles: 4:00PM (LEIMERT PLAZA PARK, 4395 Leimert Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008)
Denver: 5:00PM (CIVIC CENTER PARK, 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, Colorado 80204)
Washington DC: 7:00PM (OUTSIDE WHITE HOUSE, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500)
Atlanta: 7:00PM (OLD DECATUR COURTHOUSE, 101 E Court Sq, Decatur, GA 30030)
Nashville: 6:00PM (801 Broadway Nashville, TN 37203 Estes Kefauver Federal Building)
Memphis: 6:00PM (Health Sciences Park Memphis, TN)
Austin: 6:00PM (TEXAS STATE CAPITOL, Outside South Gate-11th and Congress Ave.)
Salt Lake City: 5:00PM (SALT LAKE CITY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, 4600 S Redwood Rd, Salt Lake City, Utah 84123)
Seattle: 4:00PM (QUEEN ANNE BAPTIST CHURCH, 2011 1st Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109)
Milwaukee: 5:00PM (DINEEN PARK, Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
And if your home happens to be in or near one of these areas, be aware that your city could be under siege. Make plans to stay safe and hunker down with emergency food and purified water, or to go someplace safer.