Shooters armed with assault rifles and some knowledge of electrical utilities have prompted new worries on the vulnerability of California’s vast power grid.
A 2013 attack on an electric substation near San Jose that nearly knocked out Silicon Valley’s power supply was initially downplayed as vandalism by Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the facility’s owner. Gunfire from semiautomatic weapons did extensive damage to 17 transformers that sent grid operators scrambling to avoid a blackout.
But this week, a former top power regulator offered a far more ominous interpretation: The attack was terrorism, he said, and if circumstances had been just a little different, it could have been disastrous.
Jon Wellinghoff, who was chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission when the shooting took place, said that attack was clearly executed by well-trained individuals seeking to do significant damage to the area, and he fears it was a test run for an even larger assault.
More than 200 Marines have been training since late September in the pine forests of North Carolina. They’ve been hiking for miles carrying 87-pound packs and assault rifles, sleeping in the field, attacking mock enemy positions.
And for the first time, women took part in the training. Three of them made it to end — and graduated Thursday morning.
They were there at Camp Geiger to answer the question of whether women have what it takes to become combat infantry Marines.
From an Army NCO - Congratulations, Marines. Well done.
The paperwork said the mailed package contained $40 worth of women’s camisoles. Someone in China sent it to a Toledo address.
Inside, there were no camisoles — just low-quality, fake NFL jerseys with misspellings of players’ names and poor quality stitching, records show. Federal agents had tracked the package and others like it to Richard Schmidt, a Toledo man who ran a sports memorabilia shop in Bowling Green.
But what began with investigators chasing box loads of counterfeit jerseys and baseball caps ended in one of the most perplexing seizures of weapons in Ohio: Authorities in December nabbed 18 guns that included assault rifles, more than 40,000 rounds of ammunition and body armor from Schmidt, a felon who killed a man and wounded two other people in 1989.
Investigators also found possible links to white supremacist groups. He had a VHS tape of a national meeting of the National Socialist Movement and stickers from the National Alliance, according to an inventory of seized items filed in U.S. District Court in Toledo. Agents also obtained notes with the names of Jewish and NAACP leaders in Detroit.
One page had the name of Scott Kaufman, the chief executive officer of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. He said he was stunned when federal agents showed up at his office.
A suicide assault team from Shabaab, al Qaeda’s affiliate in Somalia, attacked a United Nations base in the capital of Somalia, killing several UN employees after briefly taking over the compound.
The suicide assault team, which was made up of eight fighters armed with assault rifles and suicide vests, struck at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) compound earlier today. The attack began as a suicide bomber detonated “a pickup truck rigged with explosives” at the main gate, according to a UN statement. The blast breached the perimeter of the compound, and allowed the seven other Shabaab fighters to enter the base.
African Union soldiers surrounded the UNDP base and engaged the Shabaab fighters, killing them all after nearly two hours of fighting.
Reports of casualties indicate that more than 20 people were killed in the fighting. Four “UNDP foreign staff, four Somali security guards,” and seven “civilians” were killed, according to Garowe.
Shabaab claimed credit for the attack in a series of Tweets on its official Twitter site, HSMPRESS1.
There were two “anti abortion” “anti Gun Control” rallies yesterday in Missouri. The religious right cares if you are a fetus, but doesn’t care if you are a parent burying your bullet riddled 7 year old.
Religious-right extremists who have spent most of their energy in recent years vilifying LGBT people or fighting the nation’s culture wars on other fronts have found a new demon to slay: gun control.
It might seem odd that those who profess allegiance to the teachings of Jesus Christ would be so vociferous about making sure that Americans have continued, unfettered access to assault rifles. But in the wake of the massacre of schoolchildren in Connecticut, which ignited the most heated debate about gun control in this country in a decade, some of the religious right’s most rabid voices are joining the fight.
Matt Barber, a lawyer for the anti-gay Liberty Counsel, predicts a civil war over gun control. Bryan Fischer, the rabid mouthpiece for the homophobic American Family Association, has banned the use of the words “assault rifles” on his radio show. Even the Family Research Council, which describes itself as a pro-family organization, has targeted President Obama as “blatantly disingenuous when he says he believes in the Second Amendment.”
David Barton, the Christian-right pseudo-historian whose views on America’s founding have been widely debunked by mainstream historians, went on conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck’s Internet television show this week to claim the National Rifle Association (NRA) was formed to protect freed slaves from the Ku Klux Klan.
I guess if they NRA and their allies are going to accuse the president of being Hitler because he took a photo-op with children - just like Hitler did and every human politician did in range of a camera since it’s invention - I want to remind everyone that the assault rifle that the NRA is fighting to not ban was invented by Hitler’s Nazis. en.wikipedia.org
gun control group is taking out ads attacking newly-elected Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp for labeling gun control proposals under discussion by President Barack Obama’s administration “extreme.”
“Shame on you, Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) for telling the country on Sunday that the Obama Administration’s response to Newtown — which may include universal background checks and a ban on assault rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines — is ‘extreme,’” the ads, paid for by the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, read.
“In truth, 74% of NRA members support criminal background checks on all gun buyers. And a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines could have prevented the loss of precious lives at Newtown, Oak Creek, Aurora, Tucson and Virginia Tech. Blocking common-sense solutions that would keep military-style weapons out of dangerous hands? Now THAT is extreme.”
Large amounts of chemicals commonly used to make bombs were found in the basement of a New Jersey doctor, along with assault rifles and a stun gun, prosecutors said today.
Dr. Roberto Rivera, 60, who according to some reports was active in the Occupy Wall Street movement last year, was arrested following a Friday night raid on his Ridgewood, N.J., home.
Ridgewood police first showed up at the home around 6:15 p.m. after getting a report of potential hazardous and explosive material, according to a press release from Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli.
Inside the home, police found a “large amount” of a chemical typically used in bomb-making, the release said. The name of the chemical was not released.
Armed with a search warrant, the FBI and the Bergen County Bomb Squad then visited Rivera’s home where they confiscated the bomb-making chemical and also found “several other precursor chemicals commonly used in the making of explosive devices,” Molinelli said.
One Israeli soldier was killed and another was wounded on Friday morning in a battle with three men who stormed into Israel from the Sinai Peninsula, the second such deadly border attack in less than two months, reviving concern about the ability of Egypt’s new Islamist government to control growing lawlessness in the area.
A soldier ran to open a roadblock. Attackers entered Israel through part of a fence still under construction, an official said.
The Israeli military killed all three of the men, who wore sand-color clothing as camouflage and carried assault weapons as well as an explosive belt, which detonated during a 15-minute gunfight, officials in the Israel Defense Forces said. A military spokeswoman said the group had also placed a cache of weapons in a pit nearby, including another explosive belt, AK-47 assault rifles, a machine gun and three rocket-propelled grenades.
A Maryland man accused of making threats against his workplace and who had a large cache of legally owned weapons was charged Wednesday with a misdemeanor, according to state officials.
Neil Prescott, 28, has been charged with misuse of a telephone and will be formally arrested once he is released from a hospital, where he’s been undergoing a court-ordered mental evaluation.
Prescott was taken into custody early Friday morning and a search of his home revealed about 25 weapons, including hand guns and assault rifles, along with 40 large steel boxes of assorted ammunition, officials said.
Angela Alsobrooks, the state’s attorney for Prince George’s County, said that although Prescott allegedly made serious threats, it was not possible to bring felony charges.
“Maryland does not have a statute on the books that makes it expressly illegal for a person to communicate generalized threats over the telephone,” said Alsobrooks. She said Maryland should have a stronger law about such threats and that she would lobby for one.
Alsobrooks also said no weapons charges could be brought because Prescott owns his guns legally.
Prescott worked as a subcontractor for Pitney Bowes and was in the process of being fired.