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Jerry Falwell, Jr.: Sessions might be a ‘coward’

(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) — Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. suggested Wednesday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions might be a “coward,” after President Trump attacked Sessions for not moving convincingly enough to investigate abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act under former President Barack Obama.

“I couldn’t agree more. @USAGSessions must be part of the Bush/Romney/McCain Republican Establishment. He probably supported @realdonaldtrump early in campaign to hide who he really is. Or he could just be a coward,” Falwell tweeted.

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Left cheers as major sporting retailer drops semi-auto sales

Dick’s Sporting goods announced in a statement this week that it is expanding a policy to end the sale of “assault-style rifles” in its stores.

Dick’s announced the decision in a statement Wednesday, saying:

We have tremendous respect and admiration for the students organizing and making their voices heard regarding gun violence in schools and elsewhere in our country.

We have heard you. The nation has heard you.

We support and respect the Second Amendment, and we recognize and appreciate that the vast majority of gun owners in this country are responsible, law-abiding citizens. But we have to help solve the problem that’s in front of us. Gun violence is an epidemic that’s taking the lives of too many people, including the brightest hope for the future of America – our kids.

Following all of the rules and laws, we sold a shotgun to the Parkland shooter in November of 2017. It was not the gun, nor type of gun, he used in the shooting. But it could have been.

Clearly this indicates on so many levels that the systems in place are not effective to protect our kids and our citizens.

The store added:

We will no longer sell assault-style rifles, also referred to as modern sporting rifles. We had already removed them from all DICK’S stores after the Sandy Hook massacre, but we will now remove them from sale at all 35 Field & Stream stores.

We will no longer sell firearms to anyone under 21 years of age.

We will no longer sell high capacity magazines.

We never have and never will sell bump stocks that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire more rapidly.

At the same time, we implore our elected officials to enact common sense gun reform and pass the following regulations:

Ban assault-style firearms

Raise the minimum age to purchase firearms to 21

Ban high capacity magazines and bump stocks

Require universal background checks that include relevant mental health information and previous interactions with the law

Ensure a complete universal database of those banned from buying firearms

Close the private sale and gun show loophole that waives the necessity of background checks

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Hope Hicks leaving White House

(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) — White House communications director Hope Hicks will leave the White House in the coming weeks.

Hicks, 29, served as President Trump’s campaign spokesperson before following him to the White House. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed the news to the Washington Examiner Wednesday.

Sanders said the decision has “nothing at all whatsoever” to do with Hicks’ testimony to the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday. That testimony lasted eight hours as a part of their investigation into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia.

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Trump: ‘Take guns first,’ then ‘go through due process’

On Feb. 28, 2018, President Trump told lawmakers that he supports removing guns from individuals who could pose a threat, even if it violates their rights to due process (Photo: Screenshot)

On Feb. 28, 2018, President Trump told lawmakers that he supports removing guns from individuals who could pose a threat, even if it violates their rights to due process (Photo: Screenshot)

President Trump has a plan for dealing with armed people who could be dangerous: Confiscate the guns first and ask questions in court later.

On Wednesday, the president declared that he supports removing guns from individuals who could pose a threat to themselves or others, even if it violates their rights to due process.

“I like taking the guns early, like in this crazy man’s case that just took place in Florida … to go to court would have taken a long time,” Trump explained during a meeting with lawmakers to discuss school safety and gun violence.

“Take the guns first,” he said. “Go through due process second.”

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The president’s comments came in response to remarks by Vice President Mike Pence, who said families and police should be given more effective tools to report potentially dangerous people who own weapons.

Pence had said, “Allow due process so no one’s rights are trampled, but the ability to go to court, obtain an order and then collect not only the firearms but any weapons …”

But Trump responded, “Or Mike, take the firearms first, and then go to court.”

It’s unclear what standards would be used to determine whether an individual is dangerous and should have their guns confiscated. It’s also unclear who would make that decision before the individual was given due process.

As WND reported, Trump has also expressed support for increased federal background checks for gun purchases.

Florida shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz, 19, had obtained as many as 10 rifles in the last year, CNN reported. Authorities said the AR-15 he used to kill 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was purchased legally. The FBI admitted “protocols were not followed” after the agency received a tip that Cruz was threatening to kill people.

During his presidential campaign, Trump was vocal in his opposition to gun-control measures, telling a National Rifle Association convention he’d “never, ever infringe” on the constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

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The Cold War is hot

Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton surfaced this week to warn America “the Russians are still coming,” mainstream media is finding ways to blame the nation for all kinds of crazy things and the U.S.’s top military commander in the Middle East is looking to push Russia out of Syria for good. Americans, meanwhile, still have no idea why they’re supposed to hate Russia.

If you listen closely, or at all, to talk  about Russia coming from America’s most politically connected citizens, then it’s becoming clear that the language is getting more warlike by the day.

Take Clinton’s Wednesday tweet criticizing President Donald Trump for not initiating full-on cyber war against Russia.

“I say this as a former Secretary of State and as an American: the Russians are still coming. Our intelligence professionals are imploring Trump to act. Will he continue to ignore & surrender, or protect our country?” she tweeted.

Clinton was responding to news of U.S. Cyber Command Chief Adm. Mike Rogers complaining to lawmakers that he doesn’t “have the day-to-day authority” to launch cyber attacks against Russia.

“What I see on the Cyber Command side leads me to believe that if we don’t change the dynamic here, that this is going to continue, and 2016 won’t be viewed as isolated,” Rogers told lawmakers. “This is something that will be sustained over time.”

The former Obama administration official claimed that he expects Russia to attempt to alter the outcome of the 2018 midterm elections if the U.S. doesn’t strike preemptively.

“[Russian President Vladimir Putin] has clearly come to the conclusion that ‘there’s little price to pay here and therefore I can continue this activity,’ ” Rogers said.

He added: “If we don’t change the dynamic here, this is going to continue.”

Following Roger’s testimony, Clinton was one of many on the left to criticize the Trump administration for not attacking Russia’s cyber capabilities.

“Essentially, we have not taken on the Russians yet,” Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said.

And over at CNN,  political analyst and Democratic strategist Paul Begala told CIA asset Anderson Cooper that Trump is a “wuss and a wimp” when it comes to dealing with Russia.

“What do the Russians have on him? Maybe it’s nothing. Maybe it’s just there’s something about Mr. Putin that our president just worships and adores. But the evidence, the direct evidence is just catastrophic for him,” he said.

Bottom line is that these people want Trump to hit Russia hard.

Meanwhile, Middle East commander Army Gen. Joseph Votel told the House Armed Services Committee Tuesday that the U.S. needs to wrest Syria from Russian influence.

“Either Russia has to admit that it’s not capable, or it doesn’t want to play a role in ending the Syrian conflict,” Votel said. “I’m being very serious when I say they play the role of both arsonist and fireman—fueling tensions and then trying to resolve them in their favor.”

According to the general, Russia is manipulating Syria to preserve”their own influence and control over the outcome of the situation.”

“I think there certainly has to be more accountability and pressure put onto Russia to do what they said they were going to do,” he said.

So, let’s recap.  America can’t surrender to Russia. Putin needs to pay a price for his alleged involvement in election meddling. We need to take on the Russians. And proxy war with Russia in Syria is on the Pentagon wish list.

Agathe Demarais, an analyst with The Economist’s Intelligence Unit, says all of the above mean we’re now on less stable terms with Russia than we were at the height of the Cold War.

“Should Russia feel aggressed or believe that its national interests are threatened, for instance, if a revolution similar to the one which happened in Ukraine in 2013/14 was to take place, Russia’s reaction could prove unpredictable, swift and massive,” Demarais said.

“In addition, Russia could increase its use of hybrid warfare tactics, such as cyberattacks or propaganda operations, to disrupt processes that it would see as a direct risk to its interests.”

Of course, that’s what the political establishment wants.

 

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66 probes of criminal misconduct into Broward sheriff’s office since 2012

(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Broward County Sheriff’s deputies and employees are the subjects of more than 66 investigations – ranging from drug trafficking and sexual battery to kidnapping – since 2012, according to a new report.

Sheriff Scott Israel (CNN screenshot)

Sheriff Scott Israel (CNN screenshot)

The Broward County State Attorney’s office produced a 2014 Brady list of 146 open investigations ranging from 2004 to 2014, with many cases taking place in 2012 and 2013. Broward County Sheriff Scot Israel won election to the position in 2012.

Investigative reporter Sara Carter noted that 40 of the investigations took place under Sheriff Israel, who is facing widespread condemnation after several of his deputies reportedly failed to enter Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14 after gunman Nikolas Cruz went on a killing rampage.

Sources have claimed the Broward County Sheriff’s Office also denied requests from Emergency Medical Service teams to enter the school when kids were wounded and dying.

Some of the charges against Broward County deputies and personnel outlined on the 22-page Brady list dating back to 2004 include:

  • Sexual battery
  • Vehicular homicide and reckless driving
  • Perjury and falsifying records
  • Grand theft
  • Insurance fraud
  • Attempted murder
  • Discharging firearm from a vehicle
  • Armed false imprisonment and armed sexual battery
  • Possession of oxycodone
  • Armed delivery of oxycodone and possession of hydrocodone
  • Aggravated battery of a pregnant female
  • Domestic violence battery
  • Tampering with a witness
  • Tampering with evidence
  • Reviews wherein person(s) died as a result of police action
  • Driving under the influence
  • Battery
  • Conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud and false statements
  • Kidnapping, extortion, false imprisonment, official misconduct, grand theft
  • Aggressive stalking
  • Unlawful compensation
  • Organized scheme to defraud and criminal use of personal identification
  • Making material false statements to FBI agents
  • Armed extortion, bribery, money laundering

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office hasn’t responded to WND’s multiple requests for comment since the Feb. 14 shooting, including a request concerning the investigations of misconduct. It’s unclear how many more misconduct investigations have been launched since the report was published in 2014.

10 internal affairs complaints against Israel – 5 files go missing

Israel himself has been the subject of at least 10 internal affairs complaints, mostly for excessive or unnecessary force, but he was cleared in every case, according to a 2009 report by Florida’s Sun-Sentinel. While Israel became sheriff in 2012, he began his career as a Fort Lauderdale patrol officer in 1979 and worked the narcotics scene in the 1980s and 1990s.

“[F]ive of those reports, which typically contain witness statements and details of the investigation, are gone from city files,” the newspaper reported in 2009.  “That means details about two of the more serious accusations – false arrest and theft – are lost. Though both were ruled ‘not sustained,’ the city can’t find the full case documents.”

Israel told the newspaper he didn’t remember the files.

“I’ve never stolen anything in my life – well, I shouldn’t say that – since I was 7 years old and Dad explained to me in the woodshed,” he explained at the time.

While state and city law mandate that the records be kept for 50 years after the end of an officer’s employment, police spokesman Sgt. Frank Sousa told the Sun-Sentinel: “We feel it’s unfortunate these files are not there. However, it was done under a previous administration, and we cannot explain their actions.”

As for his history of internal affairs complaints, Israel said: “I was a very active and hard-working police officer. My assignments put me in touch with many, many violent people.”

Won’t say if deputies were given stand-down order at Florida school

Since the Florida school massacre on Feb. 14, Sheriff Israel has resisted demands that he resign.

When CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Sheriff Israel if his deputies had been ordered to stand down at the school, Israel wouldn’t answer the question.

“This is an active shooter, we push to the entry, to the killer, we get in and we take out the threat,” Israel told CNN.

Students are evacuated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida (Photo: Voice of America)

Students are evacuated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida (Photo: Voice of America)

Tapper asked if the deputies had been given a stand-down order.

“I can’t tell you anything about that,” the sheriff said. “I haven’t heard that … right now, Jake, the focus of this agency is on a successful prosecution of the killer. We will get to the truth, but right now, people could have conjecture. People can act on rumors. And everyone has a right to their own opinion.”

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As WND reported, Israel claimed he has offered “amazing leadership to this agency.”

On Sunday, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran called for Florida Gov. Rick Scott to suspend Sheriff Israel for “incompetence and dereliction of duty.” At least 73 other lawmakers support Corcoran’s request, which was detailed in a letter posted to Twitter.

The shooting of Jermaine McBean

Jermaine McBean

Jermaine McBean

Sara Carter highlighted one civil court case filed against Sheriff Israel by the family of Jermaine McBean, a black information technology engineer who was killed by Broward deputies in 2013.

At the time of the incident, McBean was reportedly walking home from the store after buying an air rifle. The bag covering his unloaded air rifle had blown away, and a passerby called 9-1-1, thinking McBean was toting a rifle. However, the caller reportedly told the 9-1-1 dispatcher that the weapon might have been an air rifle.

When McBean arrived at his apartment, he was approached by deputies Peter Peraza, Lt. Brad Ostroff and Sgt. Richard Laccera.

McBean family attorney David Schoen claims witnesses confirm the man’s air rifle was atop his shoulders, with his arms draped over it. McBean was wearing earbuds and couldn’t hear the officers commands. When he turned around, Peraza, who had only been a deputy for a year, reportedly fired his weapon and killed McBean. The deputy claimed he feared for his life.

In a photo after the shooting, McBean can be seen sprawled on the ground with earbuds still in his ears. According to NBC News, the earbuds were found stuffed in McBean’s pocket after his death.

Scene of shooting of Jermaine McBean

Scene of shooting of Jermaine McBean

Jermaine McBean, after he was fatally shot in Oakland Park, Florida. Police said he wasn't wearing headphones, but the McBean family lawyer said this photo taken by a witness shows he was wearing the earbuds

Jermaine McBean, after he was fatally shot in Oakland Park, Florida. Police said he wasn’t wearing headphones, but the McBean family lawyer said this photo taken by a witness shows he was wearing the earbuds

“Approximately 66 BSO (Broward Sheriff’s Office) deputies and other employees, including supervisory personnel were arrested for, charged with, and/or convicted of crimes that run the gamut from Armed Kidnapping, to Battery, Assault, Falsifying records, Official Misconduct, Narcotics trafficking, and other crimes involving dishonesty and violence in the years immediately proceeding 2013 when Jermaine was killed. Most of the offenses on the list occurred in the years 2012-2013,” state court documents filed by Schoen against Israel and Broward County Sheriff deputy defendants.

“Often the cases against BSO (Broward Sheriff’s Office) employees are resolved by guilty pleas resulting in short or no period of incarceration and a chance for the criminal record to be cleared after a period of time.”

Carter reported Wednesday: “Three months after the shooting, Israel awarded two of the deputies the BSO’s prestigious ‘Gold Cross Award.’ But under mounting criticism he later told reporters the deputies should not have received the awards, adding that he didn’t award the deputies but couldn’t investigate the matter because someone accidentally destroyed the paperwork, as reported.”

Peraza was suspended and indicted for homicide two years after McBean was killed. He became the first officer charged in an on-duty shooting in the county since 1980. However, a local judge dismissed the case. The Florida Supreme Court vacated the lower court’s order. Now the Department of Justice is conducting an investigation into McBean’s death.

Schoen accused Sheriff Israel of never accepting responsibility in cases such as this, claiming the “buck never stops with him.”

Schoen told Carter that the McBean case is just one example of Israel’s failed leadership.

Israel is named in the lawsuit based on “supervisory liability, his policies, and for being directly a part of the cover-up through the award process and failure to discipline, thereby ratifying and encouraging in the future this kind of conduct and an environment that rewards it,” Schoen said.

Broward deputy and ‘Muslim mafia’

As WND reported, a leader of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in South Florida also serves as a deputy for the Broward County Sheriff’s office. Nezar Hamze is the regional operations director for the Florida chapter of CAIR, whose national office was named an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas-funding scheme and was designated a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates.

How, then, asked anti-Shariah activist Joe Kaufman in a 2015 column for FrontPage Magazine, “is it possible that one of [CAIR’s] leaders, Nezar Hamze, could be considered for a position at one of the most prominent Sheriff’s offices in the United States?”

Nezar Hamze conducting weapons training at Darul Uloom mosque in Pembroke Pines, Florida (Screenshot WTSP video).

Nezar Hamze conducting weapons training at Darul Uloom mosque in Pembroke Pines, Florida (Screenshot WTSP-TV video).

Hamze, who has conducted active-shooter training at a Florida mosque, was caught on video outside a fundraiser in 2010 for then-British MP George Galloway repeatedly refusing to denounce Hamas. CAIR’s parent organization was founded in 1993 in the United States by operatives of Hamas, the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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In June 2007, Hamze covered for his cousin, Abdelaziz Bilal Hamze, after the relative murdered a woman, running her over with a minivan and dragging her body for several miles down the road, scattering her body parts. The cousin then attempted to flee the U.S. to the family’s native Lebanon.

Nezar Hamze was quoted by media saying that while his cousin “made some bad decisions,” he “may have been a little threatened.”
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Hillary: ‘The Russians are still coming’

(FOX NEWS) — Hillary Clinton on Wednesday claimed President Trump is not doing enough to prevent future election meddling by the Russians — even as Republicans fault the Obama administration for allowing the interference to continue during the 2016 race.

“I say this as a former Secretary of State and as an American: the Russians are still coming,” Clinton tweeted. “Our intelligence professionals are imploring Trump to act. Will he continue to ignore & surrender, or protect our country?”

Clinton drew attention to a Washington Post story about National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers saying the United States government is “taking steps” to combat the Russians interference “but we’re probably not doing enough.”

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