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Skagit Valley

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Skagit Valley

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I saw a pro-war meme on facebook yesterday. It shows the inside of a US military aircraft fully loaded with troops- headed out to kick some ass. Other similar posts that go around show one of several precision airstrike videos. We see the target- then, a few seconds later the building/facilities, vehicles, people on the ground are wiped out by a direct hit. This theme goes all the way back to the ’91 Gulf War- Desert Storm.

2015-

A whole lot of kicking ass going on- yet the US seems to struggle to get the upper hand- against opponents who have no modern navy, air force, etc.

 

Remember when the take down of Saddam Hussein & Osama bin Laden was big news in the War on Terror?

Listen to a top US General explain how the second try in Iraq was a success.

 

2015-

This country is so good at kicking ass- it can’t keep heroin-trafficking drug cartels out of Seattle:

DEA:

“James said western Washington might as well be the backyard for three Mexican drug cartels.”

Hey school teachers- if the wars aren’t won- how can they protect our freedom?

Young people of America- considering a career in the US Armed Forces? When you’re done sitting through years of Veterans Day assemblies- hosted by the teachers mentioned above- learn about using your whoop ass military benefits by reading comments from The Troops here.

 

More here:

Ready to kick ass

 

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Local reporters will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

here: US Department of Credibility

or here:

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

 

 

 

 

Photo- Early winter morning- Point Wilson

 

 

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TSA’s PreCheck enrolls 1 million travelers; here’s how you can apply

Meanwhile-

Heroin traffickers cross into the US free of screening, scanning, pat downs, special IDs, inspection of personal items, etc.

If we are told that the US is in a life & death struggle with terrorists- who may try to come here to attempt another 911- seems like a weak link that drug cartels are able to say FU to post-911 security protocols.

DEA:

“James said western Washington might as well be the backyard for three Mexican drug cartels.”

PS-

What prevents the badass terrorists we are supposed to stay scared of from blowing themselves up in a crowded airport just short of the screening checkpoint?

Ditto for hundreds of events nationwide each year at rock concerts, baseball games, basketball games, pro sports events, college sports events, etc.

 

More here:

Terrorists don’t seem to try very hard

 

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Photo- Port Hadlock Transit Center

 

 

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It would be helpful see newspeople come up with a tally of Washington State shootings/gun crimes since voters passed new gun control protocols back in Nov.

I’m thinking that if the drinking age was changed- or if the legal BAC was changed- we might see info on the number of alcohol related arrests/accidents after the new public policy was enacted- compare stats to same time last year, etc.

Newspeople should be in the habit of asking questions- not just posting press releases from whatever agencies are involved in local incidents.

What it looks like out there:

Seattle shooting

Tacoma shooting

Everett shooting

Bremerton shooting

Port Angeles shooting

Snohomish County shooting

King County shooting

 

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Photo- Port Townsend

 

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Repairs to Downed Border Fence Top $700,000

A local, Puget Sound area newspaper posted a story on their FB feed yesterday about a person convicted in a heroin case.

I posted: How does all this heroin get past the US Dept. of Homeland Security? News tip/story idea

My comment was removed.

 

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence:

“Doug James, the Drug Enforcement Administration special agent in charge of the Seattle division, said the Mexican drug cartels are supplying the heroin. James said western Washington might as well be the backyard for three Mexican drug cartels. He said they grow the poppy and process it into heroin in Mexico, then they zip it right up I-5 using smartphone apps to communicate.”

Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for your service

 

Port Angeles police to carry heroin overdose antidote

Port Angeles- home to one of the largest & most modern US Border Patrol facilities in the Puget Sound area?

Border Patrol cuts ribbon for new $11.9 million, 50 agent facility in Port Angeles

Kitsap County-

Suquamish Police using overdose antidote, first in county

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe-

US Department of Homeland Security-

“…a department with more than 20 different agencies, a budget of more than $45 billion and a staff of hundreds of thousands of civilian, law enforcement and military personnel.”

 

Related:

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence

Port Angeles: Heavily fortified small town unable to keep heroin out

DHS Maritime Forces Unable To Keep Heroin Out Of The Puget Sound Area

DEA vs. DHS on Puget Sound heroin

Border Patrol vs. Port Angeles Heroin

Puget Sound- DHS Unable To Keep Cartels Out

Line up for your Enhanced/Real ID

 

Discuss on facebook here:

Local reporters will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

here: US Department of Credibility

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Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

 

 

 

Photo- A symbol of freedom & federal government credibility

 

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Two U.S. men arrested in plot to attack Illinois military base: Justice Department

Looks like the bad guys can’t stop themselves from sending FB messages describing their plans & meeting with undercover FBI agents to discuss buying weapons, & methods of attacks on US military installations.

“Edmonds reported to the guard’s Joliet base one weekend a month and annually did two weeks of active duty training.”

 

Back in the conventional world of crime fighting- wondering how often gang and cartel activity, heroin trafficking, bank robberies, child abduction, etc. is prevented in advance because the bad guys notify the good guys of their plans.

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence-

“Doug James, the Drug Enforcement Administration special agent in charge of the Seattle division, said the Mexican drug cartels are supplying the heroin. James said western Washington might as well be the backyard for three Mexican drug cartels. He said they grow the poppy and process it into heroin in Mexico, then they zip it right up I-5 using smartphone apps to communicate.”

Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for your service

 

Welcome Home Troops

US Dept. of Homeland Security Port Angeles, WA-

Sentries & watchstanders unable to prevent lone bumbler from penetrating US Coast Guard base- then smoking marijuana in the CO’s quarters aboard 210-foot cutter Active- not to be discovered until hours later at morning colors:

Security breach at Coast Guard base examined

 

More here:

“Online threat against U.S. military lists targets in Washington”

 

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Photo- Port Townsend

 

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Sorting though the mixed messages of our post-911 culture-

Video: Online threat against U.S. military lists targets in Washington

Hey newspeople- you mean to say that fusion centers, war on terror crime fighting tactics, license plate scanners, Enhanced driver license/ID cards, radar devices that peer inside homes, Homeland Security grant money, bulk collection of phone records, monitoring of e-mails, text messages, and social media sites, tracking of cell phones, use of drones, etc., will be of no use in preventing “Lone wolves” from tracking down and killing service members on U.S. soil?

Surely you’ll schedule an interview with the US Dept. of Homeland Security & report back on how years of building up surveillance state infrastructure pays off when things begin to get ugly.

 

Navy: Precautions in place to protect those on IS ‘kill list’

“That includes tightening privacy settings on social media accounts, as well as not stating any military affiliation on public pages.”

Otherwise- the terrorists may threaten the safety of The Troops- here in the Homeland?

 

US Marines-

“We fight over there, so we don’t have to fight here”

 

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence-

Video: “Shoppers at the Mall of America need to be “particularly careful” after a terror group singled out the Minnesota super-mall for attacks, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says.”

 

Purple Hearts might be awarded in domestic terrorism cases

 

“Doug James, the Drug Enforcement Administration special agent in charge of the Seattle division, said the Mexican drug cartels are supplying the heroin. James said western Washington might as well be the backyard for three Mexican drug cartels. He said they grow the poppy and process it into heroin in Mexico, then they zip it right up I-5 using smartphone apps to communicate.”

Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for your service

 

Enhanced ID has been required to cross into the US since 2009.

If it works to keep bad guys out- how are cartels moving heroin into the Puget Sound area in 2015?

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe-

US Department of Homeland Security-

“…a department with more than 20 different agencies, a budget of more than $45 billion and a staff of hundreds of thousands of civilian, law enforcement and military personnel.”

 

More here:

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence

 

Discuss on facebook here:

Local reporters will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

here: US Department of Credibility

or here:

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

 

 

 

Photo- Mystery Bay

 

 

 

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South Indian Island

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More than 60 pounds of cocaine and heroin gets past the US Dept. of Homeland Security and into the Baltimore area.

 

Video: Snohomish County not booking some drug addicts into jail

“Late last year Sheriff Ty Trenary decided to stop booking non-violent misdemeanor offenders into the jail if they have serious drug problems. Faced with mounting criticism over 13 deaths at the jail in the past five years and an epidemic of heroin use, the sheriff decided the jail isn’t equipped to handle so many hardcore addicts.”

As always- the story comes with zero reporting or questions from newspeople about why the proud War on Terror is unable to keep heroin out of the US.

 

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence:

“Doug James, the Drug Enforcement Administration special agent in charge of the Seattle division, said the Mexican drug cartels are supplying the heroin. James said western Washington might as well be the backyard for three Mexican drug cartels. He said they grow the poppy and process it into heroin in Mexico, then they zip it right up I-5 using smartphone apps to communicate.”

Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for your service

 

Troops not safe at home?

IS releases troops’ photos and addresses, urges attacks

 

Enhanced ID has been required to cross into the US since 2009.

If it works to keep bad guys out- how are cartels moving heroin into the Puget Sound area in 2015?

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Question for newspeople:

What role do 1,200-horsepower Border Patrol Interceptor boats play in keeping heroin away from Puget Sound?

2011-

“… their main interaction with the boating public: Boarding boats and checking for ID, getting a “vibe,” as Jeff P. called it, for what’s up.”

2013-

Heroin epidemic gripping Port Angeles

Newspeople,

Why did the Blaine Sector Weekly US Border Patrol blotter go extinct?

When is the last time these folks made an arrest of any kind?

Any arrests connected to the US/Canada border?

Any arrests connected to a Homeland Security mission?

Are fraudulent overtime claims still the norm at Port Angeles?

Border Patrol whistleblower pays price for refusing overtime pay

News tip/story idea

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe-

US Department of Homeland Security-

“…a department with more than 20 different agencies, a budget of more than $45 billion and a staff of hundreds of thousands of civilian, law enforcement and military personnel.”

 

More here:

Port Angeles: Heavily fortified small town unable to keep heroin out

DHS Maritime Forces Unable To Keep Heroin Out Of The Puget Sound Area

DEA vs. DHS on Puget Sound heroin

Border Patrol vs. Port Angeles Heroin

Puget Sound- DHS Unable To Keep Cartels Out

Line up for your Enhanced/Real ID

 

Discuss on facebook here:

Local reporters will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

here: US Department of Credibility

or here:

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

 

 

 

Photo- South Indian Island

 

 

 

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Growing up in the 60s and 70s- James Bond delivered one of the foreign accents we heard in media. It was a cool thing.

1986- Crocodile Dundee- another foreign accent- well received- seemed like a novelty.

2015- Every other ad for cleaning products, medicines, vacuum cleaners, cosmetics, auto insurance, etc., is done by someone with a foreign accent. No more novelty.

 

OK with something more like this:

 

 

 

Photo- Hardbody way to the top at Artist Point

 

 

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Hey newspeople- How do you determine the family heritage of an unknown individual?

Could you be reporting about a black person visiting from Canada, Europe, Africa, Australia or Jamaica?

 

I’m Black but not African American

 

Starbucks CEO Defends ‘Race Together’ Campaign on Race Relations

 

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Photo-  Lonely picnic table on a frosty morning at Mystery Bay

DSC_0025_006Paywalls & various rules about posting comments have killed the comment section in some papers.

Example here:

Tent city pitches at fairgrounds in Port Townsend

More here:

Information suppression & your local news

 

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Photo- Mount Baker from Port Townsend

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At 1:10 The Colonel says the military protects speech:

Hey school teachers- where did this idea come from? Were US troops sent to Vietnam so that Americans could be free to send letters to the editor?
Is there any case in which the US Armed Forces have been sent to distant lands on a mission to protect freedom of speech?
Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

 

Operating a camera in a public place:

 

Looks like different military chaplains have different views about what sorts of speech are protected by the US Armed Forces:

Commander denies Pentecostal chaplain’s religious accommodation request

 

Related:

Land of Information Suppression

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Photo- Point Hudson

 

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One person killed in Beacon Hill drive-by shooting

It would be helpful see newspeople come up with a tally of Puget Sound area shootings/gun crimes since voters passed new gun control protocols back in Nov.

 

Heroin-

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence:

“Doug James, the Drug Enforcement Administration special agent in charge of the Seattle division, said the Mexican drug cartels are supplying the heroin. James said western Washington might as well be the backyard for three Mexican drug cartels. He said they grow the poppy and process it into heroin in Mexico, then they zip it right up I-5 using smartphone apps to communicate.”

Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for your service

 

Question for newspeople:

What role do 1,200-horsepower Border Patrol Interceptor boats play in keeping heroin away from Puget Sound?

2011-

“… their main interaction with the boating public: Boarding boats and checking for ID, getting a “vibe,” as Jeff P. called it, for what’s up.”

2013-

Heroin epidemic gripping Port Angeles

Newspeople,

Why did the Blaine Sector Weekly US Border Patrol blotter go extinct?

When is the last time these folks made an arrest of any kind?

Any arrests connected to the US/Canada border?

Any arrests connected to a Homeland Security mission?

Are fraudulent overtime claims still the norm at Port Angeles?

Border Patrol whistleblower pays price for refusing overtime pay

News tip/story idea

 

Enhanced ID has been required to cross into the US since 2009.

If it works to keep bad guys out- how are cartels moving heroin into the Puget Sound area in 2015?

 

More here:

DEA vs. DHS on Puget Sound heroin

DHS Maritime Forces Unable To Keep Heroin Out Of The Puget Sound Area

Why does the press misrepresent the story?

 

Discuss on facebook here:

Local reporters will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

here: US Department of Credibility

or here:

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

 

 

 

 

Photo- Port Hadlock Transit Center

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Video: They Stumbled Upon ‘Underground Bunker’ In The Woods – What They Found Inside Is Chilling

Reality:

Robinett led federal authorities to the bunker as part of his plea agreement, and it is due to be demolished once a forensic investigation is concluded.”

 

“We follow these clues close, like I would follow a treasure hunt,” FBI Special Agent Ayn Dietrich-Williams said. “We knew to look for certain types of trees, certain types of ravines.”

 

FBI agent explains public relations version of events at 1:35

 

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More about the plea agreement:

“Police discovered a hidden bunker…” Honesty in Reporting?- Not Much

Related:

Newspeople not asking questions

 

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Photo: Kitty litter scoop at dive bar

 

 

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A view from Ebey’s Landing Road

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2009 was a good year for tomatoes at Port Hadlock.

 

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Photo above: 12/07/14

All 4 images here.

 

Folks roll up into nuisance property to take a look around:

 

01/24/15 – 10 images here.

 

03/12/15 – 17 images here.

From another angle- 3 more images here.

 

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Police discovered a hidden bunker in Sammamish they say belonged to a convicted bank robber once featured on “America’s Most Wanted.”

From another source:

“It is understood that Robinett led the FBI to the bunker as part of a plea bargain. His attorneys have agreed with prosecutors that he should serve a sentence of between 12 and 14 years.”

Another source:

“Robinett agreed as part of a plea bargain to take the FBI and ATF around the country to show officials where he had stashed his allegedly stolen goods.”

Another source:

“Court documents reveal that Robinett led FBI agents to the bunker as part of a plea agreement, the Seattle Times reported. The FBI has said that Robinett identified a further two bunkers that have not yet been investigated.”

Feb 11th update:

The original Seattle Times story below- posted on Feb 10th has now been updated to remove all references to a plea agreement- why was the change made?

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Original story:

“Felon leads FBI to his Sammamish survival bunker”

“Bradley Robinett, 45, an ex-Marine, survivalist and prolific car thief, led agents from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to the cramped, 8- by 10-foot underground bunker as part of a plea agreement, according to court documents.”

“Robinett was first convicted of bank robbery in 2004 and was sentenced to seven years in federal prison. He was released in August 2009 from a prison in Arizona to serve the remainder of his sentence at a halfway house in Seattle. He never showed up, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.”

“Later that year, police officers spotted him and pursued him at high speeds on Bainbridge Island. He got away; officers later found a Glock handgun and a ballistic vest — both stolen earlier from Seattle police — in the stolen car he was driving.”

Bainbridge Island- only two ways to leave in a car: Drive north or south on Highway 305 until you reach the Agate Pass Bridge or the Washington State ferry to Seattle.

He got away.

Jan 7th 2010:

“BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. More than 50 local, state and federal law enforcement officers are searching the Grand Forest for evidence against a former Marine in a number of bank robberies and car thefts in Western Washington.”

“The search involves members of the FBI, ATF, U.S. Marshal’s Office, Washington State Patrol, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office and SWAT and Suquamish Police. They were armed with assault rifles and dressed in camouflage fatigues.”

“Authorities believe Robinett is using the cover of the forest to build a military-style bunker to store stolen weapons and possibly money taken during several local bank robberies.”

Somehow- he evaded the Bainbridge Island manhunt & was not captured until June of 2014 in Hillsboro, Oregon.

If you run a government operation- these are the reporters you want to see on interview day:

In an emergency- deputies will be away from regular duties while cooking?

MREs work well for emergencies- no need to have deputies spend 2 years trying to get a kitchen up & running.

Another video from the same local station:

A few questions left out by the hard-hitting video feature above: News tip/story idea

 

Related-

Newspeople not asking questions

The Surveillance State needs your help-

 

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Photo- Oak Harbor scene

 

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CIA- David Petraeus to be sentenced for classified leaks on April 23

DOD- Attack sub CO fired for mishandling material

US Department of Homeland Security-

Sensitive Dept. of Homeland Security documents released to the public at a garage sale:

Charge: Bellingham man tried to sell border security map found at garage sale

Quite a story about the bad guy & his fate.

Zero reporting on how these sensitive documents left the workplace. Any violation of procedures?

“It’s not known how Rankin got the government documents, as Ellsworth said authorities were told several stories.”

Not known how Rankin got ahold of the documents?

Why try to change the story now?

The embarrassing connection to a garage sale has been out since October 2011: Man accused of selling maps of border cameras, sensors

Question to ask:

How do sensitive DHS documents leave the workplace without being signed out for official business?

Were government officials held accountable in any way?

“We would like to thank the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations for their hard work, commitment and dedication to this case” said Chief Patrol Agent John Bates of the U.S. Border Patrol, Blaine Sector.

Chief Bates-

Were procedures violated Re: handling of sensitive documents?

What steps have been taken to prevent a similar event from happening again?

How does the US Department of Homeland Security compare to the US Navy in working to prevent such incidents?

Navy COs get fired for this sort of stuff.

 

In the DOD/US Armed Forces- sensitive documents/computer disks, etc. are tightly controlled.

These procedures are not new- & serve to prevent misplaced/sensitive documents from being released to the public at garage sales.

People without a proper security clearance & need to know- do not have access to sensitive documents.

 

We are talking about DHS- an agency tasked with preventing another 911?

 

Elsewhere on the local scene-

US Dept. of Homeland Security Port Angeles, WA-

Sentries & watchstanders unable to prevent lone bumbler from penetrating US Coast Guard base- then smoking marijuana in the CO’s quarters aboard 210-foot cutter Active- not to be discovered until hours later at morning colors:

Security breach at Coast Guard base examined

 

More here:

The Garage Sale Incident

Accountability in Uniform

 

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Photo- A symbol of freedom & federal government credibility

 

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Bellingham

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Our buyers inspect and select only the leanest cuts of meat for the grill-

 

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Image above: Yard of the Month Award – Careful Stewardship – Winter 13/14

Apr 14, 2004

County tightens junk car ordinance

“If the property owner is making progress we work with them,” he said.

If not, the fine starts at $1,000 and increases at the rate of $500 per day.

“That racks up to huge sums of money,” Tate said.”

I am told by the county that the above article does not describe the current policy on fines.

I am working with the county to get clarification on this.

I have asked the local paper to please update their story to include a description of the new policy so that everyone can have an honest understanding of what to expect.

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What it looked like well over a year ago: Rolling Hills Glencairn Real Estate

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What you don’t see from the county road here & here.

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Supporting the local economy on Whidbey Island

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