Ft. Hood – As General Mark Milley, III Corps Commander answered questions from the national media, he skirted the issue of allowing soldiers to carry weapons on-base.
“I’m not getting into a debate on allowing concealed weapons on base,” he declared. But the call and response pattern of the news conference bespeaks a greater dialogue both national and international, and the mood is ugly.
Soldier on soldier violence is the new jihad, and it is carried out in garrisons and forts and military installations throughout our nation – here, and now, not somewhere else, in a land far away.
For a few of the highlights of the general’s remarks, follow this link:
Ft. Hood – As Commanding Lt. General Mark Milley spoke to the national media, thousands of military families fought bumper to bumper standstill traffic as they struggled to retrieve their children from the more than half-dozen public schools located on this sprawling post.
They had been locked down since approximately 4 p.m., when a gunman opened fire on fellow soldiers and police sealed the base to those who wished to depart and anyone who tried to enter. During those five tense hours, a caller who contacted a local television news team on his cell phone described soldiers being led out of the Family Readiness Center, a help center that provides logistical services to families of deployed combat personnel, at gunpoint to a parking lot where police made them kneel with their hands on their heads before clearing and releasing them.
Throughout the emergency, “the big voice,” a blaring emergency speaker system, boomed out over the base telling military families and soldiers to shelter in place, to stay away from doors and windows.
Though he would not identify the shooter who left three others dead before a female military policeman confronted him at gunpoint and he shot himself in the head with his own .45 cal. Smith & Wesson semi-auto pistol, the general gave a recital of the grim facts of the attack, which targeted only soldiers in combat uniform.
Ivan Lopez, 34, transferred to his new duty station in February from another Army base located in Texas. He had served four months in combat in Iraq in 2011, and was presently going through the lengthy process of diagnosis for PTSD when he approached the headquarters of the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), opened fire, then got in a vehicle and drove the short distance to the 49th Transportation Battalion, his assigned unit, where he brought the total of dead to three and wounded to 16. Gen. Milley acknowledged that the soldier was on medication for depression and anxiety at the time of the attack. He had not been assigned to the medical unit, nor was he going through a transition to exit the military service.
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) relies upon a network of Family Readiness Groups that respond to emergencies and family problems in soldiers’ lives during their deployments overseas.
A Facebook page maintained by the command says, “The difference between a click and a bang is logistics.” According to a recent editorial in the Killeen Daily Herald penned by the unit commander, Brig. Gen. Clark LeMasters, Jr., “The strength of our Nation is our Army…The cornerstone for suppotr to our families and soldiers are Family Feadiness Groups. The witness who talked to broadcasters on the phone described “a building marked 13 SCE, “next to a little chapel,” where police were leading soldiers out to a parking lot.
In his wake, witnesses said, the shooter left panicked soldiers leaping over fences in an effort to escape as more than 90 police cars suddenly appeared on base, helicopters hovered and zoomed overhead, and SWAT teams from area law enforcement agencies reacted.
According to General Milley, the situation was contained within 15 minutes as base security worked feverishly for the next several hours to sort out the victims and witnesses. When the all-clear came at 8:50 p.m., the bottleneck began to clear as those who needed to leave the post were allowed to drive out and those who needed to get to their homes on-base were allowed to return.
Many unit commanders told their troops to return to their headquarters for an all-hands check-in.
As the newsmen readied for the live press conference, an anchorman recalled the horor of the handgun attack of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan and the apprehension of Pvt. Jason Nasser Abdo with materials for making a bomb he intended to detonate in a popular restaurant, and said, “Ft. Hood is a target.”
General Milley said he is not ruling out terrorism, but at this preliminary stage of the investigation, there is no indication that Lopez’ attack was so motivated.
For highlights of General Milley’s remarks, click here:
To read about Family Readiness Groups, follow these links:
Washington, D.C. – This is what it looks like when a nation becomes totalitarian and begins to use its police powers to abuse its citizens.
When 30 militarized cops in ninja suits knocked on David Witaschek’s door in Georgetown, his 14-year-old daughter opened the door, and they streamed through it, assault weapons at the ready.
Outside, officers kept traffic at a standstill for many blocks surrounding the address.
An operation of the “Gun Recovery Unit,” it was not their first clam bake at the fashionable address.
The previous month, they had confiscated a box of .40 cal. handgun ammo, a cleaning kit, and an antique Colt revolver – even though D.C. law allows citizens the right to own antique weapons or replicas of them.
On July 7, 2012, at 8:20 p.m., the D.C. cops demonstrated to the world what it looks like when the state gets violent and gets stupid – the real reason that James Madison insisted on the Second Amendment in order to get the western states to ratify the Constitution.
They found the bathroom door locked. A 16-year-old son was taking a shower and refused to open the door. With a battering ram, they knocked the door off its hinges and dragged him, wet and naked, in handcuffs, where he sat crying with his sister on the townhouse’s first floor.
Upstairs, where he sat cuffed and guarded by armed officers alongside his girlfriend, Witaschek listened to his children cry, and watched helplessly while the cops “tossed” his home over the course of two hours.
Here’s what they found:
* one handgun holster
* one spent brass casing of .270 caliber ammunition
* one box of Knight bullets for muzzle-loading rifles
* one live round of 12-gauge shotgun ammunition
They charged him with illegal possession of ammunition because under the district’s strict laws, each component of a round is classified as ammunition, even though it has not yet been assembled as such – regardless of whether it was ever intended to be used as a component of firearm ammunition.
The .45 caliber copper-jacketed minie balls they classified as capable of being made into rim-fired ammunition and used in an in-line black powder muzzle-loading rifle – even though such a rifle is perfectly legal in the disrict.
When Witaschek’s day in court came last week, the judge at first claimed confusion as to how the projectiles and the sabots – small plastic skirts that help seal the bullet against the rifling of the barrel – could be fired without primers and powder.
After a lunch break, the judge returned in a different frame of mind and sentenced the financial adviser – who keeps his firearms at his sister’s home in Virginia – to pay a $50 fine and register for the District of Columbia’s “Gun Offender Program.”
Part of a new trend in which Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives agents demand that merchants first make their customers submit to a firearms purchase background check, even though muzzle-loading black powder rifles and revolvers are not classified as firearms, the exacting nature of the operation spearheads a new effort to close a legal loophole through which offenders convicted of felonies and misdemeanor domestic violence offenses have been able to obtain weapons for hunting and self-defense.
Agents reason that unless a merchant can guarantee that such a weapon cannot be converted to a rimfire or center-fire firearm, it should be considered as one until it is proven that it is not capable of such a modification.
Six Shooter Junction – When you’re hot, you’re hot.
Delvin Maddison is back in McLennan County Jail under more than a quarter million dollars in sureties set by area magistrates after bondsmen went off their guarantees that they would have him back in court on the appointed day.
He faces a string of charges dating from November, 2013, including evading arrest, two minor cases of possession of controlled substances – marijuana and methamphetamine – driving while license invalid, and failure to identify himself to arresting officers. Lawmen from the Sheriff’s Office, Bellmead Police, and the Texas Department of Public Safety filed the criminal cases that continue to hang over his head. He has been jailed on them repeatedly, gaining temporary freedom, only to be jailed again when sureties go off the bond.
He and a half-dozen other defendants walked away from indictments for organized criminal activity stemming from an alleged scheme to first sell a used car to a dealer in Waco, then steal it back and sell it again.
Prosecutors withdrew the indictments and declined to pursue the case after Waco Police Department detectives, the Chief, and attorneys who represent the City of Waco refused to divulge the identity of confidential informants. A seasoned prosecutor in his early career, 19th District Judge Ralph T. Strother said at the time he had never seen anything quite like the sudden maneuver.
All this has prompted the re-emergence of a peculiar on-line flame war between antagonists close to the investigation and many others, people with tattooed faces and extensive criminal histories. It’s a vitriolic tussle of underworld “sack chasers” that plays out on Facebook pages, YouTube videos, the comments section of this blog – and others – and it’s all about allegations of murder by arson that just don’t go away, allegations leveled by family members of Ashley Dawn Rogers, who along with two of her children perished in a trailer fire in the old-time McLennan County riverside cattle drive stop of Bosqueville, in February, 2013.
The central conflict: Waco Police have labeled the fire accidental, while fire investigators are unwilling to sign off on that notion, claiming the fast-burning blaze sprung from an unknown heat source that blocked escape from the trailer’s front door. The rear door was allegedly closed with drywall screws that had been inserted by a repairman’s screw gun.
Oceanside, CA – BATFE agents raided an armorer in this seaside town beside the front gate to the Marines Corps’ Camp Pendleton, seeking records on which of the company’s 5,000 customers have bought 80 percent finished lower receivers for AR-15 rifles, bolt carrier groups, and semi-completed receivers for .45 cal. ACP pistols.
The Saturday raid came in violation of a temporary restraining order the owners of Ares Armor sought and obtained in court on Wednesday after raising objections to turning over information on their customer base to government inspectors.
Many consumers obtain the semi-complete receivers, then finish the machine work on them through the use of plans, jigs that align holes and areas in which excess metal is to be removed, and through the use of drill presses or milling machines.
In spite of the incomplete state of the receivers, BATFE officials classify them as firearms.
Owners of the business were able to stop the bureau’s inspectors from raiding their business right outside their door on Thursday, but when they returned on Saturday, the scene became strained as the inspectors rummaged around in the filing cabinets, confiscated computers, and inventory.
To see an advertisement about wares offered by Ares Armor, follow this link:
Killeen, TX – S. Ft. Hood Street is a maze of tattoo parlors, pawn shops, housing developments, apartment complexes, barber shops, oriental buffets, shopping centers and GI families rushing to and from the world’s largest military complex.
Situated along the razor-straight stretch of highway is Guns Galore, famous for being the spot where Maj. Abu Nidal Malik Hasan bought his firearm of choice, the FN Herstal semiauto pistol equipped with laser sights he used to mow down unarmed soldiers both male and female as they waited for pre-deployment medical exams in November, 2009.
It is also the place where a suspicious sales clerk identified Jason Nasser Abdo as a terrorist when he was trying to decide if he wanted to buy black powder or smokeless gunpowder in order to build an improvised explosive device. Killeen police arrested him the next morning at an area motel where the 101st Airborne soldier had been staying since going over the hill at his duty station in Kentucky.
Pro-gun activists who insist on openly carrying loaded rifles on the streets and highways of Texas cities have begun to sport black powder weapons because federal law does not classify them as firearms.
Because of that quirk in the law – or perhaps of the exceedingly laborious task of loading the weapon with powder, a wad, and ramming the ball down the muzzle – federal gun regulators at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the FBI have not required background checks for previous convictions or mental instability in order to purchase a cap and ball revolver or single shot rifle that uses black powder.
But all that has changed, according to a sales clerk at the gun emporium.
“If it’s .50 caliber or better and capable of being turned into a center fire weapon,” he explained, “they insist that we do a background check on the purchaser. How do you determine that? Obviously, a machinist can make anything he wants to.”
He shrugged. “We have decided we will do the background checks, anyway, because we are unable to determine if a weapon could be made into a center-fire firearm…”
A planned mass protest of liberal government policies is starting to look like a military coup as Army officers continue to outline vague plans to force resignations of key government officials.
When cornered, the organizer of American Spring walked off a Corporation Nation podcast recently when host Clint Richardson and guest Matt Short challenged his plans to force the resignation of President Obama and Vice President Biden, Speaker of the House Boehner, former speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Attorney General Eric Holder.
He said his “mass” of from one to 10 million persons who plan to “descend” on the Seat of Government on May 16 have not formed their plans as of yet, that there are others involved who are more expert at handling “paperwork” and other policy matters.
To hear excerpts from the hour and half-long interview, click here:
After Short, who helped organize the “Line in the Sand” rally at the Alamo in October, pointed out that there are key similarities and visible linkage between American Spring and Maj. General Paul Vallely’s program of coordinating insurgency in Syria, Col. Riley decided he had run out of time and needed to keep a previous commitment elsewhere. Both officers have advocated a bloodless coup for several years, Riley as early as 2007, and Vallely, who is on record suggesting something like “what happened to Nixon,” in 2010.
For an audio report on the rift between Short and Riley, and a follow-up sound byte of Gen. Vallely’s recent remarks, click here:
To read a previous report on the origins of Arab Spring, follow this link:
Oklahoma City – A small but but growing vocal minority thrilled to the news that the legislature voted out a bill that would nullify the effects of the international sustainability program known as Agenda 21 by labeling the unratified UN treaty unconstitutional in this state.
The Oklahoma Community Protection Act still has to pass through a committee of the state Senate to come to the floor of the upper chamber. If made law, HB2807 would prohibit any state agency or political subdivision from adopting or implementing “policy recommendations that deliberately or inadvertently infringe upon or restrict private property rights without due process.”
The new law would void any previous commitments made under Agenda 21 or any similar program.
A controversial 1992 agreement, Agenda 21 first gained recognition at the UN’s Conference on Environmental and Devlopment in Rio de Janeiro, where President George H.W. Bush signed off on its wide ranging program designed as a from the bottom up “back door” strategy that allows local governments to exert tremendous influence on property owners through eminent domain condemnations, severe restrictions of property rights as to development, environmental regulations that were never promulgated through constitutional means, and binds individuals to international agreements without due process of law.
The catch is this. The U.S. Senate never ratified the treaty, and constitutionalists who demand a strict construction of the document point to strictures against the enforcement of any international agreement or treaty without Congressional approval.
Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution guarantees that taxpayers will not have to meet any obligations of debt that were not approved by the Congress, and that’s why the Oklahoma bill exempts the people from any debts incurred under Agenda 21 programs, as well as any rules promulgated under the bogus authority. The bill reads, “… the Oklahoma Community Protection Act,would prohibit any state agency or political subdivision from adopting or implementing policy recommendations that deliberately or inadvertently infringe upon or restrict private property rights without due process.”
It furthermore provides, “any debt or commitment to an international or federal entity whereby the citizens did not have the ability to exercise their constitutional rights shall be considered null and void.”
In Texas, numerous cities, among them Garland, McKinney, and College Station, have outlawed Agenda 21 programs.
In other cities, people find that the bureaucrats are using Agenda 21 programs for revenue enhancement. Nightmare scenarios such as the one Paul Hunt and his wife faced after an extended trip to Louisiana rear their ugly heads on a daily basis. The Hunts learned two years after the fact in 2012 that their grass had grown to 12 inches in 2010 and they had been cited in absentia for an alleged code violation. They now owed the Municipal Court of the City of Corpus Christi a whopping $2,600 in punitive fines and court costs, according to a summons.
There are other schemes available to local governments, and that’s why we invited the Hunts to appear today on RadioLegendary.com to talk about their consciousness raising activities to more or less pull peoples’ coats to the problem.
As “Pop” Hunt wrote, “’You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.’ It is also true that ‘You can lead a whore to culture but, you can’t make her think.’ I will help any one I can, but I cannot do everyone’s thinking for them. If they want to win, they must grab this bull by the horns and fight like their life depended on it … because it does.”
He describes a process of fighting a criminal lawsuit in municipal court that has stripped him of the right to due process by denying discovery of the witnesses and evidence against him, as well as notification of the precise nature of the violation, in the absence of a charge, for an extended period of time – with no way to address those allegations in a timely manner.
West – Tammy Parsons noticed the young man’s strange behavior when he came in the corner grocery store singing, growling, shouting – at about 7 a.m. “He was pretty stoned out,” she said, “throwing his hands and arms all around.” She and dozens of other spectators waited in radiant sunshine to find out what happened when the SWAT Team later flushed Jimmy Bolden from a bedroom where he had barricaded himself in Don Davis’ home in the 100 block of S. Reagan Street, just across the street from the Fire Station and City Hall.
When a couple hours later, his behavior became more than Davis could handle, he called police to get their assistance in having him leave his home. “He was way out of hand,” he said.
Bolden, who is in his 20’s, had been living with Davis for the past couple of months. “I need someone to watch over me,” Davis told newsmen following the tense hour and a half standoff. “I have lots of seizures.” He said they had never before had any friction.
As SWAT Team members from the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office surrounded the residence, a detective took a statement, learning the interior layout of the house and Bolden’s location. Officers sent in a remotely controlled robot to scope the situation out.
At 11:25 a.m., just as the detective told Davis to wait in a safe spot across the street, two shots rang out. Officers later told the crowd the reports were caused by tear gas canisters fired from launchers.
Within 10 minutes, the SWAT team began to disperse. A tactical operator stowing his body armor and weapons in his vehicle told anxious spectators everything had turned out all right. Bolden was on his way to an area hospital for observation. His face lit up like a sunny day when he nodded, “Yes,” to a newsman’s shouted question, “Did the guy make it?”
He grinned with pleasure. “Yeah. He made it. He’s gonna be OK.”
In a curbside interview, Davis choked back sobs brought on by the emotional wringer he had endured. He cautioned area youth that “If they live the kind of life I have, this is what you’re going to face – and, uh, they certainly don’t want to do that…”