Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Federal Government not even Protecting it's Own Buildings

Is it any wonder we were attacked on 9-11? The federal government doesn't protest it's own buildings. How we can expect them to protect us? Even the Department of Homeland Security! This government is totally useless. It is why America is going down the toilet. They fail us and we just remain silent. Do you want your democracy, freedoms? Then you have to fight for it. Take back your government.

Members of Congress on Wednesday blasted "disturbing" and "outrageous" security failures in the nation's federal buildings after government investigators smuggled bomb-making materials past the police agency charged with protecting those buildings.

The Government Accountability Office released a report detailing how investigators carried liquid bomb-making materials past security at 10 federal buildings in 10 cities -- a shocking exposure lawmakers said shows the country's vulnerability eight years after the attacks on the World Trade Center and 14 years after the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City.

Sen. Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, blamed the Federal Protective Service Security for failing to provide adequate security and proper training to its 13,000 security guards during a hearing Wednesday on Capitol Hill. The agency is responsible for providing security at about 9,000 federal buildings around the country.

No Video Media Ignores China Protests

We are barely hearing about the protests in China just as we hear nothing about Iran anymore. All because there is no video coming out. No video, doesn't exist.

Thousands of Chinese troops poured into the restive city of Urumqi early today in a massive show of force, as President Hu Jintao cut short a visit to Italy for the G8 summit to deal with the outbreak of ethnic violence.

Along one road ringing the capital of the western region of Xianjiang where 156 people died in riots on Sunday, The Times counted more than 30 paramilitary trucks, each followed by about two dozen men, many in black body armour, and most carrying riot shields, batons and fire arms.

The convoys included several white armoured personnel carriers accompanied by tear gas vans, all with paramilitaries standing ready to open fire. They were preceded by land cruisers, their sirens wailing as they moved almost at a walking pace through the town.

On the sides of the trucks were banners reading: "See the people as our father and mother."

Serial Killer Allowed on Streets Despite Long Criminal Record

This another perfect example of a criminal justice system that is dysfunctional. Crime pays in America, especially if your a criminal. A career criminal should not be walking the streets. Especially after committing more than 30 crimes.

The man authorities identified as the Gaffney serial killer was killed Monday during a shootout with police in Gaston County, and the question that remains is why Patrick Burris, a habitual offender, was out on the streets and not behind bars.

Burris was gunned down at a home on Dallas-Spencer Mountain Road after a neighbor alerted police of something suspicious. The suspect shot and injured an officer before he was killed.

Lloyd’s words were not only aimed at Burris but also at the criminal justice system, who he says failed to keep a dangerous man locked up. (See more about Burris' record.)

Burris left the Lincoln County Correctional Center on April 29, 2009, according to the N.C. Department of Prisons Web site. His first conviction was from an incident in 1989 for blackmail in Alamance and Rockingham counties. Other convictions listed from Rockingham County include driving violations where he permanently lost his license, some forgeries, common law robbery, breaking and entering and larceny.

A habitual felon conviction is listed on the Web site dating from 2001. Burris was given a minimum sentence of seven years, nine months in jail for that charge, but served only seven years, six months due to time served while awaiting trial.

It is laughable how this guy playing the system. Tragically, this is the norm not the exception:
Burris’s criminal history began in 1990, when he was convicted of blackmail and given probation.
In early 1991, he had three more charges (speeding, driving with revoked license, and robbery) and the blackmail charge was added in because of violating probation. The maximum for all charges was 12 years, but because sentences were combined, he served them concurrently (they ran together, instead of being added onto each other). As a result, he was out in May, 1993; about 2 years and 3 months total.
Burris was arrested immediately for driving with a permanently revoked license and given a year sentence, of which he served 1 month.

By November, 1993, Burris was arrested again, and convicted in January, 1994. He got two years, including parole violation time, but served less than 10 months.
He was convicted in May, 1996 on two counts of forgery and four counts of “common law uttering,” all felonies, and was given a suspended sentence and probation.

In June 2000, Burris was again arrested for driving with a revoked driver’s license and given probation. One month later, he was arrested for larceny. This earned him 3 months, and the probation violations for the previous forgery, uttering, and traffic convictions netted him another 8 months, but Burris served less than 5 months.

Mexico Drug Cartel Murders Anti-Crime Activist

This a national security issue. It is basically being ignored because the victims are brown. But when the killings start hitting the suburbs in America then we might wake up to the horrors on our border.

An anti-crime activist and a neighbor were killed in northern Mexico on Tuesday by gunmen believed linked to a drug cartel, a local legislator said.

Mexican anti-crime activists said the slaying of Benjamin LeBaron, a U.S. citizen, in Chihuahua state was the first time one of their own had been killed for denouncing crime and called it a chilling warning.

LeBaron led street protests in May demanding the release of his 19-year-old brother, Eric, who had been snatched by a kidnapping gang in May. The teenager was later freed.

Such gangs are frequently linked to drug cartels in Mexico, and there were signs that one such cartel may have been involved in Tuesday's killings of LeBaron and neighbor Luis Widmar, who apparently went to LeBaron's house to try to help him.

"A commando of 15 to 20 men came to Benjamin's house at 1:30 in the morning, and because they couldn't get in through the door, they broke out the windows," said state legislator Victor Quintana, basing his account on conversations with LeBaron's family.

"They kidnapped the two of them and they left them dead on a dirt road" just outside the town of Galeana, Quintana added.

He said witnesses reported the attackers were dressed in camouflage, "like uniforms." Mexican drug gangs frequently use fake police or army-style uniforms.

An official at the Chihuahua state prosecutor's office confirmed the deaths but offered no further details.

The victims were from a Mormon community in a region with many Mennonite communities.

A woman who identified herself as Widmar's mother-in-law told a local radio station she believed the killing was retribution for LeBaron's activism.