Last night, on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront,” I tried to explain how a note written by alleged LAX shooter Paul Ciancia contained several hallmarks of the antigovernment “Patriot” movement’s animating “New World Order” conspiracy theory. My remarks were based on references to the Federal Reserve and “fiat currency” that were exclusively reported by Hatewatch over the weekend.
My jousting partner in the exchange was Michael Medved, a conservative radio show host, frequent television commentator and columnist. Medved told the audience that my comments were “very dangerous” and “unforgiveable,” that I was “completely unfair” to use the word “Patriot” in describing a key sector of the radical right, and that I was “try[ing] to tar” the political right with the Nov. 1 shooting that left one TSA agent dead “when the clear problem is mental illness.”
Even as Medved spoke, the FBI was, in effect, backing me up with its own suspicions about Ciancia’s motives. The Associated Press reports the FBI obtained a warrant yesterday to search Ciancia’s cell phone for, in the words of its request, materials reflecting his “views on the legitimacy or activities of the United States government, including the existence of a plot to impose a New World Order.”
In other words, the FBI also is looking into the possibility that Ciancia’s views about the New World Order — a feared totalitarian “one-world government” that he also reportedly mentions in his note — may have been part of his motivations. That is precisely the point I was making on CNN. Even then, I carefully pointed out that we had no information suggesting Ciancia was involved in any Patriot group.
Medved is normally a fairly reasonable and calm debater and, to be fair, he was not very clear in many of his remarks on CNN. But he was clearly incensed at my description of the Patriot movement and, in particular, its name.
What he did not seem to realize is that this is what these groups, by and large, call their own movement — this is not some name I made up to describe them. At times, they call themselves “Christian Patriots,” but I don’t think that would have made Medved any happier. He seemed to think I was impugning all conservatives.
DANVILLE — Police learned about a triple homicide Friday morning when a 9-year-old boy called 911 shortly after 9 a.m. from the ABC Gold, Games and More pawn shop, Danville police Chief Tony Gray said.
Gray identified two of the victims as Michael Hockensmith, 35, and his wife Angela Hockensmith, 38, both of Lincoln County. Michael Hockensmith was a co-owner of the pawn shop and ran it on a day-to-day basis, and his wife often helped out, friends said.
The third victim was a customer, according to police.
The Hockensmiths’ children were in the store at the time of the shooting. The older child called the police after the shooter ran away. That’s one level-headed kid! He and his baby sister are with their grandparents.
Police suspect it was a robbery gone bad, and are still looking for the shooter, described as a middle-aged white male.
Danville is home to Centre College, my daughter’s alma mater, and has a population of about 16,000. It rarely has any violent crime.
Several people were injured in a shooting at the Washingotn Navy Yard Sept. 16.
An active shooter was reported inside the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building (Bldg. 197) on the Washington Navy Yard at 8:20 a.m. (Eastern Time).
Emergency personnel remain on scene and a “shelter in place” order has been issued for Navy Yard personnel.
This release will be updated as new information is confirmed.
Enough time has passed since the incident in which two men were shot dead from a helicopter that it must have seemed safe to close the investigation and take no further action.
Almost eleven months ago, I posted this Page about the shooting. At that time I said, ‘I hope the trooper who chose to shoot loses his job. There is no excuse for this.’ Now I’m not so much determined that the trooper should be punished as that those who created and maintained the policy allowing shooting from a helicopter be held responsible. I know that will never happen. At least the policy has been changed. The case is also under review at the U.S. Department of Justice. There may be an independent investigation.
A grand jury has declined to indict a Texas trooper who fired from a helicopter at a fleeing pickup near the Mexican border last year, killing two Guatemalan immigrants and sparking controversy.
The killings led the Texas Department of Public Safety to bar troopers from shooting at suspects from the sky unless their aircraft is fired upon.
The grand jury heard testimony from witnesses and considered evidence, including a video of the incident taken from the helicopter, according to Rene Guerra, the Hidalgo County district attorney.
“Once you see the video, everybody is able to judge for themselves. There’s nothing hidden in the shooting — you can observe the chase from the helicopter. It is what it is,” Guerra said.
Texas safety officials initially defended the shooting, saying the trooper followed the policy at the time, which allowed officers in helicopters, in cars or on foot to fire on vehicles during pursuits to apprehend suspects, disable vehicles or defend themselves or others.
The policy set Texas apart from other states. In California, for instance, Highway Patrol policy allows troopers to shoot at vehicles only to stop a threat, not to disable a car. CHP officers can’t shoot from a helicopter, a spokeswoman said.
According to the new Texas policy, “a firearms discharge from an aircraft is authorized only when an officer reasonably believes that the suspect has used or is about to use deadly force by use of a deadly weapon against the air crew, ground officers or innocent third parties.”
Under the new policy, “a suspect’s driving behavior including aggressive or reckless driving to evade arrest does not constitute use of a deadly weapon by the suspect.”
Read the rest here: Texas Trooper Won’t Be Indicted in Border Helicopter Shooting Deaths
A promising Australian student, who was on a baseball scholarship in the United States, was allegedly gunned down by a gang of teenagers in what has been described as a ‘senseless attack’.
Chris Lane was returning from a visit to his girlfriend’s in the small town of Duncan in Oklahoma on Friday, when he was shot in the back by three teenagers and left to die in the gutter.
Chief of Duncan Police Department Danny Ford said the baseball fanatic, who was originally from Melbourne, was fired upon ‘for the fun of it’.
Read more: dailymail.co.uk
I don’t see a lot of news about this; it’s a horrific story and makes the U.S.A. look very, very bad.
Gunmen ambushed and killed one of Mexico’s highest ranking navy officials and the officer escorting him Sunday in the rough western state of Michoacan, authorities said. Two other people were injured in the shooting in an area where a fight between rival drug cartels has caused a new outburst of violence.
The state prosecutors’ office said the attack on Vice Adm. Carlos Miguel Salazar happened on a dirt road near the town of Churintzio. The motive was unclear, but Salazar is the top navy commander in the neighboring Pacific coastal state of Jalisco.
Attacks by Mexican cartels on military personnel have occurred, but are relatively rare. Salazar may be the highest military officer slain since the government began an offensive against the cartels in late 2006.
John Henry Spooner, 76, said the suspicion that Darius Simmons stole expensive shotguns of deep sentimental value left him “very, very angry.” Police searched Darius’ home after the shooting and didn’t find the weapons.
A prosecutor alleged that Spooner traded the boy’s life for guns in a desire for revenge.
“I wouldn’t call it revenge. I would call it justice,” Spooner said defiantly, drawing audible gasps from the courtroom. Darius’ mother, Patricia Larry, threw up her hands and muttered, “Oh my god.”
Spooner was testifying against the advice of his lawyer. Defense attorney Franklyn Gimbel told the judge during morning proceedings that his client had suddenly lost the mental competence to continue with the trial. The judge halted proceedings for a few hours until a court-appointed psychiatrist performed a brief examination and pronounced Spooner competent to continue.
New Orleans police said at least 12 people were hurt after a shooting at a Mother’s Day parade, according to local media reports Sunday.
No deaths were immediately reported after the shooting, which hit a “second line” in the 7th Ward in east New Orleans.
The second line is a New Orleans tradition in which parade-goers typically follow a parade’s official participants. Hundreds of people were reportedly taking part and also watching the event.
A 10-year-old girl was grazed by a bullet, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, which had a reporter at the event. The newspaper’s site, NOLA.com, showed photos of two victims, one apparently shot in the calf, the other apparently shot in the shoulder.
Four people were in surgery after the shooting, which happened around 2 p.m. local time, the Times-Picayune reported.
New Orleans Police Department Supt. Ronal Serpas told the newspaper that three people, apparently working together, were seen running from the scene and that at least two different guns had been used.
A shooting at a wood-processing company in central Switzerland has left three people dead and seven wounded, some of them seriously, prosecutors say.
The shooting occurred shortly after 9am on Wednesday at the premises of Kronospan, a company in the small town of Menznau, west of Lucerne.
Three people were killed, among them the suspected assailant, police in Lucerne said in a statement. A further seven were wounded, several of them seriously. Officials gave no further details.
The local Neue Luzerner Zeitung newspaper cited a witness as saying that the shooter opened fire in the company canteen. It was not immediately clear who the shooter was, what the motive might have been or whether the assailant worked for the company.
A man was charged Wednesday with murdering a 9-year-old boy and wounding the boy’s mother and another woman while, according to the authorities, shooting randomly at passing cars in Oakdale, a St. Paul suburb where the man lives. The authorities say the man, Nhan Lap Tran, 34, had a 9-millimeter pistol and about 200 rounds of ammunition when he was arrested on Monday.