Archives for category: Newspeople not asking questions

In the news: Pence warns Coast Guard graduates of the perils facing US

“At this very moment, the world’s most dangerous terrorist and criminal organizations are working to gain a foothold across the Western Hemisphere, to threaten our people and our very way of life.”

Defending against the world’s most dangerous terrorist and criminal organizations results in no shortage of heroin, cocaine or meth anywhere in the US.

Michigan meth supply not yet cut off by National Guard troops, strict post 911 security protocols and a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security:

Crystal meth, marijuana seizures rising in Ottawa County

“This crystal meth is coming across from Mexico and it’s a huge influx,” he said.

 

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence:

Meth is making a comeback in the Dayton region: 5 things to know

“But most meth available in the United States is produced in Mexico and smuggled across the southern border, the DEA said.”

 

Strict post 911 security protocols and a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fail to keep 120 gallons of liquid methamphetamine out of NC:

Judge upholds $3 million bonds following $90 million meth seizure

 

Wichita man planned to get a house ‘exclusively’ for storing meth

Much of the meth sold in South Dakota is 100 percent pure, suggesting it is brought to the U.S. from Mexico and is produced and controlled by Mexican drug cartels, the news release said.”

Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for your many years of service in Iraq & Afghanistan- working to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

Tried to have your back with strict post-911 security protocols, a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, federal agents at border crossings & ports of entry & passports/enhanced & Real IDs to keep us all safe.

We’ll try harder next time.

 

Women hassled 30 miles from US/Canada border as heroin-trafficking cartels continue to move product over the real border- no questions asked.

Vast enforcement powers- applied nowhere near any border crossing or port of entry- are still no match for the heroin-trafficking cartels that continue to move product into US communities.

Border agent questions 2 women for speaking Spanish

Welcome Home Troops

 

Mexican cartel moves into Northeast Ohio, three-year investigation sends 19 to federal prison

Wonder what was happening at border crossing inspections during the 3 years these folks were under investigation. Do the good guys who made the local bust notify the good guys at the border about the weak links in their process?

Were federal authorities at the border notified of this ongoing investigation?

 

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The Island’s Weekly Apr 16th, 2018: Town Hall meeting covers drug crisis

Looks like newspeople didn’t show up to ask any questions- so we’ll ask a few here.

“Anacortes law enforcement has agreed to provide the use of their drug dog at Anacortes Ferry Terminal when San Juan officers request it.”

What would be screened? Walk-on passengers? Commercial vehicles? Private automobiles?

“Krebs has requested Washington State Patrol to reinstate a drug dog on the ferries.”

Reinstate? Any history of the Washington State Patrol using drug dogs to make any arrest or drug seizure at Washington State ferry terminals?

 

Mixed messages:

ABC News Nov 2000: Justices Strike Down Drug Checkpoints

“The court was not swayed by the argument that the severity of the drug problem in some city neighborhoods justified the searches.”

KSN News Jul 2015: Drug check lanes pop up north of Wichita

“I can’t comment on the checkpoint being run by the Kansas Highway Patrol,” said Dehning. “But our deputies still need reasonable suspicion to stop a vehicle just as they would for any other vehicle stop. Participating in an operation like that does not relieve our deputies of that responsibility/requirement.”

“Dan Monnat explains, if you get pulled over in a drug check lane, you do have rights. He says you do not have to consent to a search of your car.”

 

Reason May 2015: The Border Patrol’s Unconstitutional Drug Dragnet

In City of Indianapolis v. Edmond, the Court said that city’s police violated the Fourth Amendment when they set up checkpoints aimed at catching drug traffickers. “We have never approved a checkpoint program whose primary purpose was to detect evidence of ordinary criminal wrongdoing,” the Court said. “Because the primary purpose of the Indianapolis narcotics checkpoint program is to uncover evidence of ordinary criminal wrongdoing, the program contravenes the Fourth Amendment.”

 

Alaska-

Juneau Empire March 25, 2018: Coast Guard, partners, search ferries for drugs, explosives

“Dykens said the opioid epidemic has been a motivating factor in wanting to do these searches, as it’s a nationwide issue that has reached Alaska. This search, he said, is one of the ways to see how much the ferry system is used to traffic these drugs.”

“These kinds of searches happen from time to time, and Dykens said they keep the timing of them as random as they can.”

 

Washington State-

State and local law enforcement agencies do not conduct suspicionless checkpoints in Washington State. Check other states here:

Sobriety Checkpoint Laws

 

Washington State Ferries-

“Washington State Patrol teams, or teams of officers, may be walking among vehicles in the holding lanes for the purpose of ensuring illegal explosive materials are not taken aboard. These teams may be accompanied by explosive-detection canines. The dogs are trained to detect explosive materials only.”

 

Lawyers.com:

“First Things First: What’s the Reason for the Stop?”

Dog or no dog, police must have a legitimate reason for pulling you over. In other words, police need to have reasonable suspicion that the driver—or someone else in the car—has violated the law. A minor traffic violation such as speeding or running a red light will normally suffice. Traffic stops without valid justification, however, are illegal. Typically, all evidence police find following an illegal detention will be inadmissible in court—including drugs discovered by a drug-sniffing dog. (Learn more about how the “exclusionary rule” applies to illegal police searches.)”

 

Nolo: Can the Police Use a Dog to Sniff a Car for Drugs Without a Warrant?

Police dog sniffs during lawful traffic stops are legal under the Fourth Amendment to the federal constitution (though state constitutions might provide otherwise). (Illinois v. Caballes, 543 U. S. 405 (2005).)”

 

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Photo- Keystone ferry inbound.

 

“Turmoil inside KOMO News as conservative owner Sinclair mandates talking points”

I’d have more respect for local TV news stations if there was more in the way of investigative reporting & newspeople asking questions.

Examples:

Zero questions asked Re: the US Dept. of Homeland Security/CBP role in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area. Local law enforcement agencies may benefit when the US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep heroin out of the US:

KOMO News “Heroin busts could finance police construction in Snohomish”

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

A new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility, secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community & a Border Patrol whistleblower investigation Re: fraudulent overtime that resulted in further suppression of information- keep the focus on asking questions in these areas.

No cross-border USBP arrest has happened here in more than 7 years.

Newspeople, reporters and journalists are free to ask basic public policy questions and post updated reports at any time.

News links:

News tip/story idea

 

Whidbey Heroin:

“The 29-year-old is homeless and has been a heroin addict for the past six years.”

Federal grant money goes to “…gain a better grasp on cross border activity and to prevent illegal crossings.”

“Funding for the boat was issued through the Homeland Security Grant Program under Operation Stonegarden.”

Has the Island County Homeland Security-funded patrol boat been able to intercept any inbound heroin?

Has the Island County Homeland Security-funded patrol boat been involved in any arrest or seizure related in any way to the US/Canada border?

Whidbey Homeland Security Grant Money- Newspeople Remain Silent

More here:

Puget Sound Heroin – Newspeople Remain Silent

 

Meth:

The script says opiod crisis.

The news tells us that various states cracked down on the availability meth ingredients several years back.

Now- cartels are moving meth into the US:

“Meth’s evolution in Tenn.: From homemade labs to Mexican super drug”

“They are filling the void, Jordan said with super-strength crystal meth produced in super labs in Mexico.”

“Ohio’s largest meth bust: 140 pounds of methamphetamine seized from warehouse in Summit County”

The script tells us that we’re seeing a big law enforcement success story when federal agents swing into action to nab 140 pounds of methamphetamine after product moved past strict post 911 security protocols and federal agents staffing a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security.

Do the good guys who made the local bust notify the good guys at the border about the weak links in their process? Check the script.

Dec 2, 2017

Meth-related overdose deaths hit record number in WV

“…crystal meth from Mexico has become the preferred choice among users.”

“We’re seeing a lot more meth, and it’s a different kind of meth than we were seeing five or six years ago,” Gupta said. “There’s a push from the cartels to get these drugs out there.”

More here: CBP Human Resources update

 

War on Terror:

The US Dept. of Homeland Security “stops an average of 7 known or suspected terrorists a day – 50 a week- trying to come to our country.”

Question for newspeople: With such an impressive handle on US Dept. of Homeland Security performance- why do Heroin-Trafficking Cartels continue to move product into local communities?

Any newspeople available to ask where the “…7 known or suspected terrorists a day – 50 a week…” statistic comes from? Do we need to look for the script?

More from The US Dept. of Homeland Security:

 

The Troops:

TV networks may be prone to emphasize the idea that everyone who shows up is a hero. They’re not about to ask any questions about the Department of Defense track record for winning undeclared wars since DOD was established in 1949.

Tearful reunions and spreading the idea that it’s for your freedoms helps to normalize failed wars that never end.

“These folks paid the price when they go off and defend our freedoms all over the globe. It makes me feel very good to be able to say thanks to the people who will still step up and get the job done and fight for the freedoms that we enjoy here in the united states.”

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

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The purpose is to protect our freedoms:

TV newspeople around to question any of this? Not a chance.

 

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Port Angeles quality of life update:

“We know there are beds available at night, but I think people for whatever reason, be it mental health issues, opioid addiction or other addictions, people would rather camp out,” he said.

Indiana meth:

Strict post 911 security protocols and a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fail to keep meth out: “…meth is flooding into the United States from cartels south of the border.”

Border Wall update:

“…none of the officers WFIU/WTIU spoke to believe President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall would have a large effect on the amount of methamphetamine, or other drugs, entering the US.”

Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for your many years of service in Iraq & Afghanistan- working to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

Tried to have your back with strict post-911 security protocols, a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, federal agents at border crossings & ports of entry & passports/enhanced & Real IDs to keep us all safe.

We’ll try harder next time.

 

Did newspeople and politicians swear an oath to call it opioids instead of heroin?

Heroin crisis: A situation involving illegal product moved from outside the US into local communities. The US Dept. of Homeland Security has jurisdiction at the border, border crossings & ports of entry.

With a budget of $40.6 billion- how is the US Dept. of Homeland Security doing at keeping heroin away from local communities?

Opioid crisis: Term favored by the press & politicians to describe the abuse of product which may be stolen from Grandma’s medicine cabinet- also a very serious issue.

Accurate reporting allows people to learn how to prevent future incidents.

Anytime there is a plane crash- a thorough investigation takes place. Lessons learned are used to prevent future accidents.

Was the aircraft fueled with opioids before it crashed? Was it running on heroin?

Recovery, rehab, treatment, & addiction are important parts of this story.

What part of the story is missing?

Has anyone ever seen the press question the US Dept. of Homeland Security/CBP on their role in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area?

Interesting that the heroin problem seems to have grown after 911, the addition of The US Dept. of Homeland Security and the requirement for passports/enhanced & Real IDs.

Standard driver’s licenses have not been accepted at the border since 2009. For your safety.

More here: Puget Sound Heroin – Newspeople Remain Silent

 

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Photo- Skagit Valley

 

March 28th, 2018

Washington Post: After a long wait, World War II spy service honored for daring acts that helped secure Allied victory

“Since at least 2013, advocates of the OSS veterans have been seeking to ensure the service would be recognized as a keystone of the modern U.S. intelligence operation. A bill to that effect, originally introduced in 2013, was stalled for several years in the House. It was introduced again in 2015, and passed in the fall of 2016.”

 

Florida school shooting:

US Army accelerates process for awarding heroism medals. United States Military Academy accelerates process for awarding admissions.

Feb 20th, 2018

Washington Post: JROTC members killed in Florida school shooting receive Medal of Heroism; one is admitted to West Point posthumously

Feb 20th, 2018

Army Times: Florida Governor Rick Scott orders National Guard to honor the three fallen JROTC members from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by attending funeral services and paying respect to the JROTC members lost in the recent school shooting.

Do we know the complete story on the school shooting in Florida?

Feb 26th, 2018

CBS12 “Retired Boca Raton Police Chief Andrew Scott says this type of review can take up to a year to complete.

 

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In the news: Fusion Center marks 10-year anniversary

“…an array of local, state and federal law enforcement and public safety agencies as well as private sector partners now share information, resources and expertise…”

Big smiles & photo ops:

The West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center honored for tenth anniversary

Governor Justice wrote. “During the past decade, the Fusion Center has been nationally recognized countless times for its accomplishments.”

Looks like newspeople didn’t show up to ask any questions for the two news items above.

Fusion Center partners, strict post 911 security protocols and a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security are still unable to keep heroin-trafficking cartels from moving product into local communities.

Meth:

Dec 2, 2017

Meth-related overdose deaths hit record number in WV

“…crystal meth from Mexico has become the preferred choice among users.”

“We’re seeing a lot more meth, and it’s a different kind of meth than we were seeing five or six years ago,” Gupta said. “There’s a push from the cartels to get these drugs out there.”

 

Meth use surging locally, nationally

“The new streams bring in a higher-grade, more expensive crystal meth driven by cartel activity through Mexico, Johnson said, citing Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reports, along with greater pushes by organized crime to sell heroin and fentanyl across the country.”

 

Heroin:

When additional restrictions are placed on prescription drugs- what will prevent heroin-trafficking cartels from moving more product into local communities?

WHY WEST VIRGINIA’S HEROIN OVERDOSE RATE DOUBLED AFTER IT MANDATED DOCTORS USE THE STATE DRUG-MONITORING DATABASE

“After West Virginia required doctors to use its database, overdoses from heroin among 18- to 34-year-olds actually went up, more than doubling in just three years.”

 

Heroin Highway: Part 4 – West Virginia, a ‘sun up to sundown battle’

The governor, who is leading a statewide fight to save lives from the deadly drug, told us, “We have cracked down on pill mills, on the illegal use of prescription drugs, but what that has gone to now is the street drugs. Heroin.”

 

NBC News video: Heroin epidemic takes over West Virginia town

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Special IDs and background checks-

In the news: Mexican migrant, 37, worked as US Border Patrol agent for SIX YEARS after falsely claiming he was born in Texas

More from several sources here.

How many other botched background checks are in the system?

The rest of us need to have special IDs to go have lunch in Canada and return home. Standard driver’s licenses have not been accepted at the border since 2009.

Cato podcast: “Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is imbued with vast powers, and evidence shows those powers are used without many of the checks that exist in other federal agencies. Alex Nowrasteh and Matthew Feeney comment.”

 

Indiana:

Strict post 911 security protocols and a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fail to keep meth out of Indiana.

“It’s a common mode of transportation of illegal narcotics from the southwest border directly to Central Indiana,” Westfall said. “The majority of our methamphetamine now comes from the southwest border.”

“Last year, the DEA alone seized 191 pounds of meth in Indiana. Nationwide, nearly 41,000 kilograms, or 90,000 pounds, of meth was reported seized by law enforcement agencies.”

 

California:

Ventura Combined Agency Team swings into action after US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep more than 90 pounds of methamphetamine and more than 2 pounds of both heroin and cocaine out of local communities.

 

Wisconsin:

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence

“The meth that now comes into the state mainly originates in Mexico and is transported from California and other major states in the Southwest, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.”

 

Washington State:

$40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to prevent monthly delivery of about 60 to 70 pounds of meth from Mexico north to Eastern Washington, according to the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.

Welcome Home Troops

 

More here:

Whidbey Heroin

Puget Sound Heroin – Newspeople Remain Silent

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

A new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility, secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community & a Border Patrol whistleblower investigation Re: fraudulent overtime that resulted in further suppression of information- keep the focus on asking questions in these areas.

No cross-border USBP arrest has happened here in more than 7 years.

Newspeople, reporters and journalists are free to ask basic public policy questions and post updated reports at any time.

 

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Please Dispose of Properly

 

July 28, 2017 Whidbey News-Times: New approaches explored for backlog of county code violations

“Brazier’s only been on the job three months and another code enforcement officer was just hired.”

March 6, 2018 Whidbey News-Times: Island County improves code enforcement

“Even with the 25 years of experience I have in this line of work, I always like to learn new stuff,” said John Brazier, code enforcement planner.

“Brazier said now he is usually able to respond to a complaint within 24 hours.”

“However, among public health and environmental concerns, he said many of the codes are in place to ensure Whidbey Island continues to be a desirable place to visit and live.”

“The codes are here for a reason,” he said. “Let’s face it, we live in a beautiful part of the state.”

Love to see newspeople get out and interview property owners, neighbors, business people, real estate agents, volunteer groups, etc.

Looks like the paper relies only on input from county employees to prepare stories related to junk cars in the community.

 

Background:

We live next to a large collection of junk cars located within the boundaries of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.

Applicable Island County Code 17.03.180 – Land use standards:

“Junk vehicles shall have all batteries and fluids properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations.”

We made public records requests and were able to determine that no procedures exist for inspecting junk cars to verify that all batteries and fluids have been properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations.

We were able to determine that the Island County Health Department has never found any junk vehicle, anywhere in the county, anytime in the past 5 years that was in violation of code.

2/19/15

The previous property owner was issued Island County Cease and Desist Order: Case No. 025/14 dated 2/19/15 for storage of junk cars. This Cease and Desist Order indicates several reasons why junk car storage can not be permitted in this residential neighborhood.

From Cease and Desist Order Case No. COV 025/14:

Page 2 of 4 C. No Junk/Salvage yard can be permitted in a Rural Residential Zone.

Page 2 of 4 D. No more than one junk vehicle can be stored on a lot less than one acre in size.

Page 3 of 4 I. Minimum parcel size for home industry is 2.5 acres. In order to operate home industry on parcel- owner must be full-time resident.

There is no permitted residence on this parcel.

The lot in question is less than one acre in size.

There is no legally established permitted use at this property. A fence may be used to cover up vehicles secondary to a legally established permitted use.

 

Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

A few questions for local newspeople:

Why is the Rolling Hills community included in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

This is the portion of the reserve that will not show up on promotional websites, brochures, kiosks, school field trips, etc.

What services do Rolling Hills residents receive in exchange for permit fees Re: Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

Does ELNHR attempt to maintain any standards in the Rolling Hills community?

More here: Junk Cars in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

 

Detailed Timeline and Results of Public Records Requests on this Rolling Hills property here:

Island County Records Creation Protocols

 

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Photos- Cold Case Files of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

 

State-Run Media Update: Colorado Air National Guard exercises to defend America’s freedom

Military Town-

“For the past couple of years, the Whidbey News-Times paid the insurance for the Veterans Day Parade, about $200, because it was a small way of saying thank you to the men and women who sacrificed so that we may have our liberties, including our Freedom of Speech.”

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?

If there is an honest reason to send people away into decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas (The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949) let’s hear all about it.

Why do we pretend that the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization?

In some cases, the US Armed Forces provide for our physical security. That’s as good as it gets.

In terms of American rights and freedoms- The Dept. of Defense has no more say than the Dept. of Agriculture.

 

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

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The purpose is to protect our freedoms:

With all this talk of freedom- would it be OK to grow a marijuana plant in the back yard?

Can I take my 20 year old girlfriend (a responsible adult) down to the bar to order up a few beers for freedom?

Should we check with the Joint Chiefs of Staff first?

More here:

Glorifying Military Service

 

Operating a camera in a public place:

Will the Joint Chiefs of Staff send The Troops to safeguard American freedoms?

 

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In the news:

Feb 15th, 2018

CNN News video: Keeping a lid on emotions and being a great speaker at the scene of the crime School shooting survivor to lawmakers: ‘You need to take some action’

MSNBC News video: 2:11 “18 mass shootings this year at schools”

Washington Post: No, there haven’t been 18 school shootings in 2018. That number is flat wrong.

Q13 FOX News video: Sales of bulletproof school supplies, like backpacks, jump after shootings

Feb 16th, 2018

New York Times: F.B.I. Was Warned of Florida Suspect’s Desire to Kill but Did Not Act

Washington Post: The FBI said it failed to act on a tip about the suspected Florida school shooter’s potential for violence

US Army accelerates process for awarding heroism medals. United States Military Academy accelerates process for awarding admissions.

Washington Post: JROTC members killed in Florida school shooting receive Medal of Heroism; one is admitted to West Point posthumously

Alternative/independent media- asking questions: “Is it possible that depressed teenagers are more deadly than the most elite warriors on earth? Does it seem strange that after mass shootings, hundreds who were there give no specifics?”

Are there any images or videos that show evidence of the suspect in action?

Being expelled from school- does that function similar to a restraining order?

Sun-Sentinel: “Authorities answered about 20 calls about school shooter Nikolas Cruz in the past few years, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said Friday.” Sheriff’s Office to investigate earlier calls about confessed school shooter Nikolas Cruz

Feb 20th, 2018

Army Times: Florida Governor Rick Scott orders National Guard to honor the three fallen JROTC members from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by attending funeral services and paying respect to the JROTC members lost in the recent school shooting.

Feb 21st, 2018

CNBC: Trump meets with students, teachers after gun violence

Feb 22nd, 2018

Washington Post: Talk of banning all semiautomatic weapons.

First Responder not responding?

CNN News video: Armed school resource officer stayed outside as Florida shooting unfolded, sheriff says

Sheriff says video may never be released. It looks like it may take some time to get this all figured out. This process will be slower than the one used to award heroism medals for JROTC students.

Problems with school surveillance video:

Sun Sentinel: ‘Communication failure’ led to 20-minute delay in school shooting video, chief says

“In the weeks to come, Coral Springs police will conduct an internal review, the chief said, to discover any mistakes that were made and learn from them.” This process will be slower than the one used to award heroism medals for JROTC students.

Feb 23rd, 2018

Daily Wire: BREAKING: CNN Reports FOUR Broward County Deputies Waited Outside School As Children Were Massacred

Feb 24th, 2018

CNN: “The Broward County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to CNN that it is investigating the claims that, in addition to Peterson, three other deputies did not try to enter the high school after the shooting began.”

Feb 26th, 2018

CBS12 “Retired Boca Raton Police Chief Andrew Scott says this type of review can take up to a year to complete.

 

Alternative/independent media- asking questions:

 

 

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In the news: CACI keeps $60M Army National Guard media support contract

“$60 million contract to help the Army National Guard develop and deliver marketing messages across media markets…”

 

More from the press: Sequim man sentenced in drug, gun case

Sorry- no time for newspeople to ask what sort of drugs were involved here.

Why does it matter?

The Drug War is based on public policy.

What methods are working?

What methods are failing?

 

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In the news: “Langley cop saves man from opiate overdose”

“Evan Thompson / The Record — Langley Police Officer Charlie Liggitt used Narcan to save a Langley man from overdosing on heroin.

Heroin crisis: A situation involving illegal product moved from outside the US into local communities. The US Dept. of Homeland Security has jurisdiction at the border, border crossings & ports of entry.

Opioid crisis: Term favored by the press & politicians to describe the abuse of product which may be stolen from Grandma’s medicine cabinet- also a very serious issue.

Accurate reporting allows people to learn how to prevent future incidents.

Anytime there is a plane crash- a thorough investigation takes place. Lessons learned are used to prevent future accidents.

Was the aircraft fueled with opioids before it crashed? Was it running on heroin?

Recovery, rehab, treatment, & addiction are important parts of this story.

What part of the story is missing?

Has anyone ever seen the press question the US Dept. of Homeland Security/CBP on their role in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area?

More here:

Whidbey Homeland Security Grant Money- Newspeople Remain Silent

2014-

Island county to purchase new patrol boat to help with Puget Sound security:

Federal grant money goes to “…gain a better grasp on cross border activity and to prevent illegal crossings.”

“Funding for the boat was issued through the Homeland Security Grant Program under Operation Stonegarden.”

Took a quick look on the web to see if there is a post 911 history of maritime “cross-border activity” on Whidbey & could not find anything. If anyone has info, please post in comments.

Has the Island County Homeland Security-funded patrol boat been able to intercept any inbound heroin?

Has the Island County Homeland Security-funded patrol boat been involved in any arrest or seizure related in any way to the US/Canada border?

Newspeople remain silent.

 

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

A new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility, secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community & a Border Patrol whistleblower investigation Re: fraudulent overtime that resulted in further suppression of information- keep the focus on asking questions in these areas.

No cross-border USBP arrest has happened here in more than 7 years.

Newspeople, reporters and journalists are free to ask basic public policy questions and post updated reports at any time.

News links: News tip/story idea

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

Has the Port Angeles Border Patrol been able to intercept any inbound heroin?

When is the last time the Port Angeles Border Patrol 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

Newspeople remain silent.

 

Local law enforcement agencies may benefit when the US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep heroin out of the US:

KOMO News Heroin busts could finance police construction in Snohomish

 

On the national scene:

Cartels are OK with prescription painkiller restrictions, because a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security can’t keep heroin out of local communities.

Cartels are OK with restrictions on supplies needed to make meth because a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security can’t keep cartels from moving product into local communities:

New York Times: Meth, the Forgotten Killer, Is Back. And It’s Everywhere.

Reno Gazette-Journal: Oregon meth deaths soar as opioid deaths decline

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Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe.

State-run media update:

 

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Homeland Security grant money at work – Port of Anacortes

 

Feb, 2018

In the news: A sensitive DHS report about anthrax got outed — because it was left in a plane’s seat pocket

Another source:

“Recipients of the draft “after-action” reports were told to keep them locked up after business hours and to shred them prior to discarding.”

 

Back in 2011 – The Garage Sale Incident:

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

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

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.

Original blog: The Garage Sale Incident

 

Elsewhere on the local scene-

Oct, 2010

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.

Welcome Home Troops. Thanks for risking your ass in Iraq and Afghanistan to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

Did any government employees lose their job related to the 2010 & 2011 stories above?

Was there any follow-up from the press anywhere in the Puget Sound area related to the 2010 & 2011 stories here?

 

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Photo- Amphibious landing – Blaine Sector

 

After bragging about intense security to protect your freedoms, and nearly two years of planning– fans get the word that 40 federal agencies and 400 members of the Minnesota National Guard, are not enough to keep the big game safe enough for the traditional tailgating scene that takes place at similar size stadiums all season long every year:

No tailgating at the Super Bowl

COPS TO EAGLES FANS: NO TAILGATING AT SUPER BOWL

Security on hand to make sure everyone enjoys a happy, safe & fun game day:

Welcome Home Troops. Thanks for risking your ass in Iraq and Afghanistan to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

A Giant Flag Ritual before the game will make it all good.

 

Remember Sports Fans-

The best beer requires the least advertising.

 

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

School teachers, Congress, the press, and people in general have taken a vacation from asking questions.

Checks and balances are gone.

School teachers-

Each November, school teachers across America host Veterans Day assemblies– and promote the idea that The Troops are in distant lands- fighting for American rights and freedoms.

 

Congress-

Whatever happened to the formal congressional declaration of war?

This would be the time to hear from elected leaders and top generals on all the issues that have doomed the Department of Defense track record for winning wars since DOD was established in 1949.

In the news: Trump orders U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay kept open indefinitely

“Other officials favor trial for terrorism suspects in federal courts. Since 2001, federal prosecutors have obtained hundreds of convictions in international terrorism cases.”

In previous undeclared wars, how did the US deal with prisoners without a Guantanamo Bay prison facility?

School teachers- whatever happened to Armistice Day?

More here: Glorifying Military Service

 

Hey school teachers– it took a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of a glass of wine- why no constitutional amendment to authorize a federal prohibition of marijuana?

In the news: Pennsylvania MMJ Patients Face Choice: Cannabis or Guns?

Guns or marijuana? Firearm-owning pot fans face a choice

Washington State Constitution:

SECTION 24 RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS. The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men.

What powers are granted to the federal government here?

More here: Land of the Free Nonsense – Marijuana

 

The press-

The press is meant to function as a form of checks and balances- no matter who has been elected to public office.

MSN News: ‘No Credible Threat’ But Super Bowl Goers Will See More Security

CBS Philly: ‘No Credible Threat’ But Super Bowl Goers Will See More Security

Posting a press release from a federal agency is all there is to reporting the news. Reporters asking questions? Not a chance.

No Credible Threat?

If the good guys can tell what the bad guys will do before they do it- surely, these powerful crime fighting tools will be used to shut down gang and cartel activity, heroin trafficking, bank robberies, mass casualty shootings, etc.

When the news is created by federal employees, there’s no need to deal with any awkward/real questions from the press:

The folks who can’t keep Heroin-Trafficking Cartels from moving product into local communities are keeping the Super Bowl safe.

CBP Public Affairs Officer interviews CBP Supervisory Office of Field Operations Officer.

Federal employees creating the news:

Did sending The Troops to Iraq and Afghanistan make US more safe?

Welcome Home Troops. Thanks for risking your ass in Iraq and Afghanistan to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

No tailgating at the Super Bowl

Love to see newspeople ask:

If special games require special security– what keeps regular games safe? Crowd size/capacity is similar at several stadiums.

What prevents terror strikes at hundreds of events & locations unsupervised by federal authorities?

What other parts of the entertainment industry feature uniformed federal agents as part of the security team?

With such an impressive handle on US Dept. of Homeland Security screening– why do Heroin-Trafficking Cartels continue to move product into local communities?

More here: DHS Creates its Own News Reports for the Super Bowl

 

Has anyone ever seen the press question the US Dept. of Homeland Security/CBP on their role in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area?

 

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Photo- Shallow water – Fort Casey

 

When the news is created by federal employees, there’s no need to deal with any awkward/real questions from the press:

“Comments are disabled for this video.”

Love to see newspeople ask:

If special games require special security– what keeps regular games safe? Crowd size/capacity is similar at several stadiums.

What prevents terror strikes at hundreds of events & locations unsupervised by federal authorities?

What other parts of the entertainment industry feature uniformed federal agents as part of the security team?

With such an impressive handle on US Dept. of Homeland Security screening– why do Heroin-Trafficking Cartels continue to move product into local communities?

Counterfeit goods crackdown:

“CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.”

How do you keep terrorists and their weapons out by checking retail items after they show up in Minneapolis? Did the confiscated items make it through any port of entry?

In the news:

“Minnesota opioid deaths rise despite attention, intervention”

“Last year was the first, since the opioid epidemic emerged in the late 1990s, in which heroin was implicated in more deaths (147) than common opioid painkillers (140), the Star Tribune’s analysis found.”

“Meth use is growing problem in Minnesota, North Dakota”

“Law enforcement officials say methamphetamine currently flowing into the Upper Midwest comes largely from Mexican cartels.”

“Falkowski explains how people now get meth from Mexico and Interstate 35 is a direct connection between that country and Canada. Of course, Minnesota is a stop along the way.”

 

Welcome Home Troops. We’re producing public affairs videos and looking for fake sports merchandise after it arrives in retail outlets.

Thanks for risking your ass in Iraq and Afghanistan to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe.

State-run media update:

A Giant Flag Ritual at the next ball game will make it all good.

 

When the press gets a chance to ask questions- they play the role of federal public affairs personnel instead:

Black Hawk helicopters to patrol skies on Super Bowl Sunday

Any similar plan in place on 911?

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Photo- Port Hadlock Transit Center

 

 

In the news:

Super Bowl brings massive security resources to Minneapolis

“He said there is no credible threat to the Super Bowl…”

If the good guys can tell what the bad guys will do before they do it- surely, these powerful crime fighting tools will be used to shut down gang and cartel activity, heroin trafficking, bank robberies, mass casualty shootings, etc.

The US Dept. of Homeland Security “stops an average of 7 known or suspected terrorists a day – 50 a week- trying to come to our country.”

With such an impressive handle on US Dept. of Homeland Security performance- why do Heroin-Trafficking Cartels continue to move product into local communities?

More from The US Dept. of Homeland Security:

 

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Photo- New Day at Port Hadlock

 

Recovery, rehab, treatment, & addiction are important parts of this story.

What part of the story is missing?

Has anyone ever seen the press question the US Dept. of Homeland Security/CBP on their role in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area?

In the news:

Kitsap Heroin

“One heroin-related death was reported in Kitsap each year from 2004 to 2010. From 2011 through 2016, the county averaged seven heroin deaths per year (statistics for 2017 were not yet available).”

 

Whidbey Heroin

“The 29-year-old is homeless and has been a heroin addict for the past six years.”

Federal grant money goes to “…gain a better grasp on cross border activity and to prevent illegal crossings.”

“Funding for the boat was issued through the Homeland Security Grant Program under Operation Stonegarden.”

Has the Island County Homeland Security-funded patrol boat been able to intercept any inbound heroin?

Has the Island County Homeland Security-funded patrol boat been involved in any arrest or seizure related in any way to the US/Canada border?

Whidbey Homeland Security Grant Money- Newspeople Remain Silent

 

Snohomish County Heroin

Sheriff’s Office: Up to 90 percent of Snohomish Co. inmates battling heroin withdrawl

Local law enforcement agencies may benefit when the US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep heroin out of the US:

KOMO News Heroin busts could finance police construction in Snohomish

 

Port Angeles Heroin

Port Angeles man found with two pounds of heroin sentenced

US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-

A new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility, secret arrest statistics, denied FOIA requests, heroin in the community & a Border Patrol whistleblower investigation Re: fraudulent overtime that resulted in further suppression of information- keep the focus on asking questions in these areas.

No cross-border USBP arrest has happened here in more than 7 years.

Newspeople, reporters and journalists are free to ask basic public policy questions and post updated reports at any time.

News links: News tip/story idea

Question for newspeople:

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

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-

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence:

Heroin epidemic gripping Port Angeles

Welcome Home Troops

2017-

“Residents who filled the Port Angeles City Council chambers and lobby Tuesday night said they were fed up with the heroin epidemic in Clallam County and asked what is being done to stop opioid abuse and what they can do to help.”

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

Love to see the press ask a few questions:

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

Has the Port Angeles Border Patrol been able to intercept any inbound heroin?

When is the last time the Port Angeles Border Patrol 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

Newspeople remain silent.

 

Whatcom, Skagit, King and Snohomish County Heroin

$40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security unable to keep heroin away from local communities:

They did ‘business’ at a car wash. Now they’re on their way to federal prisons

 

DHS “stops an average of 7 known or suspected terrorists a day – 50 a week- trying to come to our country.” With such an impressive handle on US Dept. of Homeland Security performance- why do Heroin-Trafficking Cartels continue to move product into local communities?

Love to see newspeople ask:

When additional restrictions are placed on prescription drugs- what will prevent heroin-trafficking cartels from moving more product into local communities?

The Opioid Crisis Is Really a Heroin Crisis

Newspeople,

Please schedule an interview with the US Dept. of Homeland Security & ask:

Are passports/enhanced/Real IDs effective in keeping heroin out of local communities?

Standard driver’s licenses have not been accepted at border crossings and ports of entry since 2009.

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe.

State-run media update:

 

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Photo- A symbol of the free press, federal government credibility and newspeople asking questions

 

In the News: 1 dead after SUV plunges into water at Anacortes ferry dock

“But witness Farley McClean who watched it happen told KOMO News, “It was not an accident. Period. You could tell.”

“Another witness said the driver appeared to know exactly what he or she was doing.”

“Skagit County sheriff’s officials earlier said they received a call from Anacortes police about a vehicle in the water near the terminal. The Sheriff’s Office sent a dive team to assist with the recovery of the vehicle and driver. A Border Patrol dive team and the U.S. Coast Guard also responded to the scene.”

@wspd7pio: Witnesses say the driver of a white Jeep approached the #Anacortes ferry terminal at a high rate of speed, broke through the traffic arm & went into water.”

 

June, 2006-

Belligerent motorist blows past toll booth and onto ferry:

Ferry incident exposes security weaknesses

 

Here is a state-run media report from June, 2012-

This video tells us that security personal are on site every day- at 2:56

Jan 25th, 2017:

If security personal are on site every day- why did Skagit County sheriff’s officials say they received a call from Anacortes police about a vehicle in the water near the terminal? What was the Washington State Patrol’s role in making this report?

If the Washington State Patrol was on site- why does the story rely on witness reports instead of a report from the WSP staff on site at the time of the incident?

What was Washington State Patrol staff doing during the moments the following took place:

“The driver later started the engine and drove the wrong way back toward the ticket booths, then turned back around and returned to the staging area and parked again.”

“After a couple of minutes, the driver put the vehicle back into drive, took off at a high rate of speed and went flying off the end of the loading dock, Axtman said.”

“Witnesses say the driver of a white Jeep approached the #Anacortes ferry terminal at a high rate of speed, broke through the traffic arm & went into water.”

 

Maybe security personnel are present at some specific terminal each day. Dozens of round trip crossings from various terminals indicate that in many cases- no security screening takes place prior to boarding ferries.

 

Oct, 2014-

Where were security personnel on the day this motorist blew past the ticket booth, ignoring personnel assigned to proper staging of vehicles:

Video: Man dies after SUV crashes through gate at Southworth ferry dock, sinks in Sound

Post-911 security protocols kept him safe:

Man dies after driving car off Southworth ferry dock

 

Jan, 2015-

No security personnel here, here, or here.

 

This state-run media video shows US Coast Guard gun boats escorting the ferries. K-9 teams are on site to detect explosives:

What is the point in having gunboats escorting ferries if terrorists are free to put their boat on a trailer and drive it onto the ferry?

Washington State ferry passengers are advised via PA system to not leave backpacks or packages unattended during ferry crossings.

Meanwhile- on the car deck- cars, trucks, vans, commercial vehicles, etc. are left unattended during ferry crossings.

More here: Washington State Ferries Security

 

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Photo- Extinct ferry at Kingston

 

 

CBP has its own news agency to promote operations. Who needs a free and independent press anyway?

“Comments are disabled for this video.”

When the news is created by federal employees, there’s no need to deal with any awkward/real questions from the press.

Love to see newspeople ask:

If special games require special security– what keeps regular games safe? Crowd size/capacity is similar at several stadiums.

What prevents terror strikes at hundreds of events & locations unsupervised by federal authorities?

What other parts of the entertainment industry feature uniformed federal agents as part of the security team?

With such an impressive handle on US Dept. of Homeland Security screening- why do Heroin-Trafficking Cartels continue to move product into local communities?

The Super Bowl security footprint seems to be getting larger each year. Did sending US Troops to Iraq and Afghanistan work to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things?

“About 80% of fentanyl seized in the New York area appears to be linked to Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel.”

FBI writes its own news story: Super Bowl Security Behind-the-Scenes Look at Planning and Partnerships

When the press gets a chance to ask questions- they play the role of federal public affairs personnel instead:

What stops terrorists from going 2 states over and driving a truck across the playground at a daycare center?

A SWAT team?

Helicopters?

NORAD/US Air Force radar?

Fighter jet scramble?

Speedboats?

Special ID checks?

Super Bowl security?

Public Affairs videos?

Homeland Security grant money?

 

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Photo- Urinal liner for public drinking fountain

 

Super Bowl Security: “Nearly two years of planning has taken place, largely behind the scenes, to make sure that Super Bowl LII—and the 10 days of events leading up to the kickoff at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4—is safe and secure.”

“…an impressive team that includes dozens of local police departments and public safety organizations, along with federal agencies including the FBI and multiple components of the Department of Homeland Security.”

“The department will also receive help from the Minnesota National Guard and thousands of police officers from area departments.”

Love to see newspeople ask:

If special games require special security– what keeps regular games safe? Crowd size/capacity is similar at several stadiums.

More from The US Dept. of Homeland Security:

“Vehicles coming and going will be x-rayed by border patrol.”

Militarized Team Effort:

Minneapolis officials ask for National Guard help during Super Bowl

 

Pre-2018 Super Bowl Security:

Note that CBP has its own news agency to promote operations. Who needs a free and independent press anyway? When the news is created by federal employees, there’s no need to deal with any awkward questions.

Any similar plan in place on 911?

The folks who can’t keep Heroin-Trafficking Cartels from moving product into local communities are keeping the Super Bowl safe:

Newspeople play the role of federal public affairs personnel:

2:05 No Credible Threat:

What stops terrorists from going 2 states over and driving a truck across the playground at a daycare center?

A SWAT team?

Helicopters?

NORAD/US Air Force radar?

Scramble fighter jets?

Speedboats?

Special ID checks?

Super Bowl security?

Homeland Security grant money?

JFK speaks about the role of the press in a free society:

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Photo- South Indian Island beach walk

 

In the news: The VFW, American Legion and the Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department tell us that people who did time in uniform are heroes who protect our freedoms:

Hometown heroes recognized for service to country; banners to be displayed in Santa Maria

“The purpose of this program is to remind the public of the vital service given and sacrifice made by our neighbors through their military service, and to thank them for their service protecting our freedoms,” Posada said”

Each hero, or his or her family, received a plaque Tuesday night and soon will be recognized with a personalized banner to be displayed above South College Road near Bradley Square for the next six months.”

Doing time in the US Armed Forces & living in the community are the two qualifications for being a hero and protecting our freedoms.

More from the VFW:

Veterans, not politicians, ‘give us the right to vote,’ observers at Amherst Veterans Day ceremonies told

Veterans give rights?

It turns out The Troops were in no hurry to enable all adults to act on their right to vote.

US Military operations conducted in the 1940s, 50s & 60s didn’t get the job done.

It wasn’t until July of 1971 that 18 year old adults could take delivery on one of the freedoms we hear so much about.

Hey school teachers– if veterans fought for our right to vote- how come women were not allowed full voting rights at the end of WWI?

Why the need for a 1965 Voting Rights Act if overseas military operations somehow secured voting rights?

“If “Men died for your right to vote!”, how did we manage to elect politicians after the Fall of Saigon in 1975?”

 

In some cases, the US Armed Forces provide for our physical security. That’s as good as it gets.

In terms of American rights and freedoms- The Dept. of Defense has no more say than the Dept. of Agriculture.

 

As the decades of undeclared/unwon wars stack up (The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.) the greater the cultural urge to glorify people who do, or did time in uniform.

If there is an honest reason to send people away into decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas let’s hear all about it.

Why do we pretend that the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization?

Good luck to today’s youngest generations. The indoctrination levels are higher now than when I grew up during the Cold War.

If The Troops were an NFL team, sports talk radio would feature comments like:

The Troops were nowhere to be found on 911. We haven’t won a war since.

Sports has tended to be a more honest part of American culture. Lately, well known players are involved in a marketing campaign featuring Salute to Service TV ads to fix the glorification of military service messages in our minds.

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

0:24

The purpose is to protect our freedoms:

More here:

 

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Photo- Port Hadlock Transit Center

 

Maybe the good news from 911 is that it brought enhanced crime fighting abilities into local communities?

State-run media update:

“The fusion center focuses on gangs, terrorist groups, sex-trafficking groups, extremist groups, any criminal activity you can think of,” Sentino said. “The fusion center collects information from different agencies around the state and around the country.”

Welcome to the Washington State Fusion Center

Several times each year, we’ll see a statement like this:

FBI: No threat to Houston after recent U.S. incidents

Homeland Security: No credible threat against other public venues

NYC mayor: No credible threats against marathon or city

If the good guys can tell what the bad guys will do before they do it- surely, these powerful crime fighting tools will be used to shut down gang and cartel activity, heroin trafficking, bank robberies, mass casualty shootings, etc.

Look for another of these press releases just prior to the upcoming Super Bowl.

Real World of Crime-

Everett WA Gang Activity:

Enhanced background check update: “There were 198 gang-related offenses reported in Everett between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31, 2017 – a 75 percent increase over 2016.”

Back in Nov of 2014, Washington voters said Yes to enhanced background checks for guns:

“Legislation to expand background checks for gun buyers in Washington state passed overwhelmingly…”

May 30th, 2017

Everett residents fear neighborhood becoming unsafe

June 13th, 2017

South Snohomish gang problem gets worse

“During the last two years, there have been 56 gang-related shootings in Snohomish County.”

 

Heroin:

Elected officials like to call it an Opioid Crisis, then file lawsuits against big pharmaceuticals manufacturers.

Love to see newspeople ask:

When additional restrictions are placed on prescription drugs- what will prevent heroin-trafficking cartels from moving more product into local communities?

September 19th, 2017

Telling sign of heroin epidemic: Snohomish County runs out of needle cleanup kits

October 9, 2017

A Look At A Heroin Camp In Everett With Jake Whittenberg from KING5

November 15, 2017

Agents find a lot of heroin and meth in Everett apartment

Heroin crisis: A situation involving illegal product moved from outside the US into local communities. The US Dept. of Homeland Security has jurisdiction at the border, border crossings & ports of entry.

With a budget of $40.6 billion- how is the US Dept. of Homeland Security doing at keeping heroin away from local communities?

Opioid crisis: Term favored by the press & politicians to describe the abuse of product which may be stolen from Grandma’s medicine cabinet- also a very serious issue.

Accurate reporting allows people to learn how to prevent future incidents.

Anytime there is a plane crash- a thorough investigation takes place. Lessons learned are used to prevent future accidents.

Was the aircraft fueled with opioids before it crashed? Was it running on heroin?

Recovery, rehab, treatment, & addiction are important parts of this story.

What part of the story is missing?

Has anyone ever seen the press question the US Dept. of Homeland Security/CBP on their role in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area?

 

Snohomish Heroin Racket:

Local law enforcement agencies may benefit when the US Dept. of Homeland Security fails to keep heroin out of the US.

Heroin busts could finance police construction in Snohomish

 

We’re more safe after 911?

Why require special IDs to go have lunch in Canada- then return home- while heroin-trafficking cartels are able to move product into the Seattle area?

Newspeople,

Please schedule an interview with the US Dept. of Homeland Security & ask:

Are passports/enhanced/Real IDs effective in keeping heroin out of local communities?

Standard driver’s licenses have not been accepted at border crossings and ports of entry since 2009.

 

Port Angeles, WA-

A heavily fortified small town is unable to keep heroin out.

Port Angeles is home to a new, $11.9 million, 50 agent US Border Patrol facility.

The local paper likes to brag about how the US Coast Guard leaves town to go find cocaine:

June 16th, 2017

Coast Guard’s Active returns to PA after seizing cocaine

Sept 24th, 2016

State-run media: Coast Guard Cutter Active interdicts two tons of cocaine during recent deployment

Meanwhile back home:

2015-

Port Angeles residents fed up with heroin problem

Welcome Home Troops

2017-

“Residents who filled the Port Angeles City Council chambers and lobby Tuesday night said they were fed up with the heroin epidemic in Clallam County and asked what is being done to stop opioid abuse and what they can do to help.”

Love to see the press ask a few questions:

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

Has the Port Angeles Border Patrol been able to intercept any inbound heroin?

When is the last time the Port Angeles Border Patrol 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

Newspeople remain silent.

 

Massing US Border Patrol agents at the southern edge of the Strait of Juan de Fuca fails to keep two pounds of heroin out of town.

January 12th, 2018

Port Angeles man found with two pounds of heroin sentenced

 

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Photo- Slow speed mayhem

 

No time to change out of camo prior to this tearful homecoming staged as a booze promotion. Local TV station released the moment as a news video: KUAM News video

More here:

Tearful Troops Homecoming Publicity Stunts

Veterans and Participation in Publicity Stunts

 

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Underbelly of Oak Harbor

Veterans Against the Glorification of Military Service

The Pompous Veteran

High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

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Millions of Californians will soon have to visit the DMV. Here’s why

Sacramento Bee,

Please schedule an interview with the US Dept. of Homeland Security & ask:

Are passports/enhanced/Real IDs effective in keeping heroin out of local communities?

Standard driver’s licenses have not been accepted at border crossings and ports of entry since 2009.

 

Find us on facebook:

Underbelly of Oak Harbor

Veterans Against the Glorification of Military Service

The Pompous Veteran

High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

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Photo- A symbol of the free press & federal government credibility

 

Here, in this military town, the local paper seems to go with family friendly and patriotic themes.

About a year ago, their hometown pride was running high when they posted:

“For the past couple of years, the Whidbey News-Times paid the insurance for the Veterans Day Parade, about $200, because it was a small way of saying thank you to the men and women who sacrificed so that we may have our liberties, including our Freedom of Speech.”

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?

As the decades of undeclared/unwon wars stack up (The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.) the greater the cultural urge to glorify people who do, or did time in uniform.

If there is an honest reason to send people away into decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas let’s hear all about it.

Why do we pretend that the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization?

In some cases, the US Armed Forces provide for our physical security. That’s as good as it gets.

In terms of American rights and freedoms- The Dept. of Defense has no more say than the Dept. of Agriculture.

Many veterans claim to have served to protect American rights & freedoms.

How does this work?

Black people were still riding at the back of the bus after the big WWII victory.

Women were not allowed full voting rights at the end of WWI.

Until July of 1971, 18 year old adults did not have full voting rights. Why didn’t US Military operations conducted in the 1940s, 50s & 60s get the job done on this?

Why the need for a 1965 Voting Rights Act if overseas military operations somehow secured voting rights?

Why, in 1967 was an interracial couple sentenced to a year in jail for violating Virginia’s ban on marriage between people of different races? Where were The Troops?

With all this talk of American rights and freedoms can I take my 20 year old girlfriend (a responsible adult) down to the bar to order up a few beers for freedom?

Should we check with the Joint Chiefs of Staff first?

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Oak Harbor Veterans Day Parade – Lack of Interest

 

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Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

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Homeland Security Vote of Confidence

In the news:

TSA fails most tests in latest undercover operation at US airports

TSA Failed To Detect Weapons, Bombs During Most Screening Tests

 

Strict post 911/War on Terror security protocols, a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, and verification of passports/enhanced & Real IDs- unable to keep Mexican mafia and drug cartel out of Southern California:

Operation targeting Mexican mafia, drug cartels nets 47 arrests, 200 pounds of drugs in Southern California

Welcome Home Troops

 

South Dakota:

Hills taking a hit with drug abuse

“The majority of meth comes out of Mexico from the drug cartels down there,” Fuller said. “Many states, South Dakota one of them, have made it very hard to find the precursors to make meth locally, so we’re not seeing the manufacturing sites up here. It’s coming from super labs in Mexico, brought in illegally across the border to source cities, like Denver, for example, and from there, it’s transported here. The majority in our area comes from Denver or L.A.”

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe.

State-run media update:

No Credible Threat-

Oct 31st, 2017 NYC terror event: The mayor’s press secretary tweeted there was “NO active threat.”

If the good guys can tell what the bad guys will do before they do it- surely, these powerful crime fighting tools will be used to shut down gang and cartel activity, heroin trafficking, bank robberies, mass casualty shootings, etc.

Newspeople, reporters and journalists are free to ask basic public policy questions and post updated reports at any time. Do they ever question any of this?

More here: No Credible Threat – Good Guys See Into The Future

 

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CNN: 5 takeaways from the Democrats’ big night

What stays the same no matter what political party or personality is in power?

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end.

The Heroin Racket.

A secretive, wasteful, and ineffective US Dept. of Homeland Security.

The ongoing glorification of military service.

Newspeople who do not ask questions.

More here: Political Parties and Personalities Take Turns in Power

 

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In some cases, the US Armed Forces provide for our physical security. That’s as good as it gets.

In terms of American rights and freedoms- The Dept. of Defense has no more say than the Dept. of Agriculture.

If there is an honest reason to send people away into decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas (The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949) let’s hear all about it.

Why do we pretend that the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization?

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

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The purpose is to protect our freedoms:

 

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JBLM: Just down the road, but light years away

“With less than one percent of Americans wearing the uniform, this trend is only accelerating. To reverse it, more non-military families must encourage their children to serve.”

Looks like most people aren’t interested in involving themselves in undeclared/unwon wars that never end.

From Facebook comments:

This “disconnect ” is the result of doing away with the draft. A majority of Americans have no connection to the military. With a draft, or required national service, everyone would have to serve somewhere. “service is the rent we pay for living “

The country also did away with a formal congressional declaration of war.

This would be the time to hear from elected leaders on all the issues that have doomed the Department of Defense track record since DOD was established in 1949.

During this process, top generals would testify before congress and lay down realistic expectations and requirements for success.

Also did away with Armistice Day.

Also got public school teachers to host annual Veterans Day assemblies where students are told that The Troops are in distant lands defending American rights and freedoms- as if the US Armed forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization.

More here:

Veterans Protect Rights?

Veterans Earn Rights?

Jet Noise Made Them Free?

People in uniform give rights?

A Land of Make Believe

 

Recommendations for ending the divide:

Stop glorifying military service.

As the decades of undeclared/unwon wars stack up (The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949.) the greater the cultural urge to glorify people who do, or did time in uniform.

Stop telling us that undeclared/unwon wars overseas are somehow linked to American rights & freedoms.

In some cases, the US Armed Forces provide for our physical security. That’s as good as it gets.

In terms of American rights and freedoms- The Dept. of Defense has no more say than the Dept. of Agriculture.

Many veterans claim to have served to protect American rights & freedoms.

How does this work?

Do the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization?

Black people were still riding at the back of the bus after the big WWII victory.

Women were not allowed full voting rights at the end of WWI.

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?

Phase out failed wars that never end.

Get away from the ongoing militarization of American culture.

Some businesses are now setting aside parking for veterans. The designated spots we are talking about here are for all veterans- no requirement Re: earning the Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, having any physical disability, etc.

Where are the veterans who don’t want free meals, discounts, head of the line privileges at the airport, etc.

Hey veterans- do you get special parking spots on base? Why move to divide people up into groups of first & second-class citizens away from the base?

This may all be some sort of post-Vietnam guilt at work. The guilt doesn’t seem to work towards ending decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas.

Finally, find some newspeople who are willing to ask questions.

More here:

End the Military-Civilian Divide?

 

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