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People are 55 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than a terrorist

Police Killings Grossly Underreported

We previously reported that Americans are 9 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than aterrorist.

But it turns out that our numbers were incorrect ...

This isn't surprising, given that:
"Reliable estimates of the number of justifiable homicides committed by police officers in the United States do not exist." A study of killings by police from 1999 to 2002 in the Central Florida region found that the national databases included (in Florida) only one-fourth of the number of persons killed by police as reported in the local news media.
The Guardian reports today:
An average of 545 people killed by local and state law enforcement officers in the US went uncounted in the country's most authoritative crime statistics every year for almost a decade, according to a report released on Tuesday.

The first-ever attempt by US record-keepers to estimate the number of uncounted "law enforcement homicides" exposed previous official tallies as capturing less than half of the real picture. The new estimate - an average of 928 people killed by police annually over eight recent years, compared to 383 in published FBI data - amounted to a more glaring admission than ever before of the government's failure to track how many people police kill.

The revelation called into particular question the FBI practice of publishing annual totalsof "justifiable homicides by law enforcement" - tallies that are widely cited in the media and elsewhere as the most accurate official count of police homicides.
As shown below, that means that you're 55 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than a terrorist.
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15 outrageous examples of police misconduct uncovered by the DOJ on serial civil rights violators Ferguson PD

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Police officers point their weapons at demonstrators protesting against the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 18, 2014.
The Department of Justice today released a report of its investigation into claims of civil rights abuses by police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, where Darren Wilson, a white officer, shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year old, over the summer.

The report paints a police department and municipal court system driven by revenue rather than "public safety needs" and engaged in "a pattern or practice of unlawful conduct....that violates the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, and federal statutory law."

Here are the 15 most egregious examples of misconduct by police and court officers:
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Arkansas politician 'rehomes' 6-year old adopted daughter to household of sexual predator

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Rep. Justin Harris
Arkansas Republican state representative is facing serious scrutiny after he apparently "rehomed" his adopted daughters to a household where one of the girls, age 6, was raped by the father. Furthermore, Rep. Justin Harris is accused of continuing to take state funds intended for the girls' care even after his family had given them away.

Wonkette reported on an Arkansas Times exposé about Harris and the Christian pre-school he runs with his wife, a school that employed the sexual predator who raped the 6-year-old girl.

When the Times asked Harris why he handed over his adopted daughter to a sexual predator without ever consulting state authorities or the foster care system, the legislator quoted the Christian Bible's Book of Isaiah, saying, "No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you."

He then said, "You don't know what we've been through this past year. You have no idea what my family has been through. I don't care what the people of Arkansas think about me. I don't care if I lose my position. I care what my wife thinks about me, and I care what my three sons think about me."


Comment: Who cares what you have been through! You (allegedly) pimped out a 6-year old little girl to be fed upon by a sexual predator, damaging her for life.


The situation has reopened scrutiny of the Harris family's Christian daycare center, Growing God's Kingdom Preschool. The pre-kindergarten has run afoul of authorities in the past for taking state and federal subsidies intended for non-religious institutions. Now, as some in Arkansas are pointing out, Harris is making headlines for trying to eliminate government benefits to immigrants, benefits that his preschool heavily relies on.

It appears, the Times said, that Harris and his wife Marsha took in two little girls in September of 2012. The girls were sisters and in foster care because a male relative had sexually abused the older girl and left her traumatized.

The Harrises formally adopted the girls six months later in March, 2013. By October of 2013, something had gone seriously wrong in the home. The Harrises — who had three older biological sons — handed off the two girls to Eric and Stacey Francis, essentially abandoning them.
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Jerusalem travel brochure that depicted the Dome of the Rock banned by UK for being 'misleading'

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Jerusalem's Old City

Comment: It's pretty galling that Israel has the temerity to include parts of Palestine in its travel brochures, while at the same time forcing Palestinians to live in impossible conditions and refusing to let them leave for either food or health care.


An Israeli tourism brochure depicting the Old City of Jerusalem has been banned by Britain's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for presenting a "misleading" image, which suggests the Palestinian enclave is Israeli.

The ASA banned the leaflet on Wednesday after consumers lodged complaints.

Its headline, "Israel: Land of Creation," showed a photograph of the walled Old City and Muslim Dome of the Rock against more modern buildings of West Jerusalem.

The caption read "Israel has it all," adding "everyone falls for the Old City, with its narrow (and car-free) alleys, teeming pilgrims and bazaar-like buzz," AFP reported.

The ASA issued a statement saying consumers had complained the advertising presented a "misleading" image of the Old City as a widely accepted part of Israel.
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Texas 'city' fires police force, hires private firm, experiences 61% drop in crimes

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Sharpstown is a Texas community, located just southwest of Houston, and the way they maintain security in this community has gotten our attention.

In 2012, they fired their cops.

The Sharpstown Civic Association then hired S.E.A.L. Security Solutions, a private firm, to patrol their streets.

The statist fearmongers will have you believe that "privatizing" anything would result in mass chaos and a Mad Max scenarios of warlords and rampant crime. But they are wrong.

"Since we've been in there, an independent crime study that they've had done [indicates] we've reduced the crime by 61%" in just 20 months, says James Alexander, Director of Operations for SEAL.


Comment: Where is said study? According to another source, "the head of the SCA (Sharpstown Civic Association) only states that monthly home burglaries declined from 20 to 11". Is that the study?!


Government police, despite not acting like it, are still part of the government. This means that any progressive change for the better takes ten times longer than it would in the private sector; if it happens at all. Government police are not driven by efficiency and threats from liability, as neither one of these things are needed when you have a tax farm to rob when things get tight.

Contrary to the government apparatus, private police, must be efficient as well as safe, for one small mistake or claim could end their entire operation. If an inefficiency is spotted within the system, changes must be implemented swiftly to avoid the loss of revenue.

The reason for the success rate of SEAL Security is that they can see a problem and quickly adapt versus trying to spin the rusty cogs of the bureaucratic process. And that is exactly what SEAL did in Sharpstown.

According to guns.com, Alexander cites the continuous patrol of SEAL's officers in their assigned neighborhoods as opposed to the strategy of intermittent presence that the constable embraced. "On a constable patrol contract, it's either a 70/30 or an 80/20. Meaning they say they patrol your community 70 percent of the time, [while] 30 percent of the time they use for running calls out of your area or writing reports."

Comment: Sharpstown is not a real city, it is Sharpstown Civic Association and is more like a master-planned community. According to Texas Monthly, it never had a police force to begin with, but apparently did have a have a pretty high crime rate. Interesting that this bit of news is making its way around the alternative news sites. Considering Blackwater and what happened in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, this may be a bad idea regardless. Time will tell.

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Eye 2

Boko Haram militants kill 45 in north-eastern Borno

Combatiente Boko Haram
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Boko Haram militants
At least 45 people were killed on Tuesday by suspected Boko Haram militants in a remote village in the north-eastern Borno state of Nigeria, according to sources from the military and authorised vigilante groups.

The insurgents started shooting into houses in Njaba at about 5.30am, local time, a military source in Maiduguri told Reuters on Thursday. The village is close to the town of Damboa and about 60 miles south of the state capital, Maiduguri.

"The attack was not immediately known because the village is very remote and our men couldn't access the area," the source said.

Comment: Without US, Algerian, and French help, would these murderers be able to run rampant in Nigeria? Massive economic crises haven't helped:
With such domestic oil production challenges undermining Nigeria's oil export revenues, the fuel subsidy slash has pushed the brunt of the crisis onto the population, escalating the poverty and inequality that is a recruiting sergeant for Islamist terror.
And it seems the corrupt Nigerian government has welcomed these developments as well. As usual, it fits into the "games" that people in positions of power play, in order to gain more power. For more info, check out:

Quenelle

No dissent allowed: Russia Today faces investigation into anti-Western comments on Ukraine

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Media regulator to launch investigation into views expressed during Crosstalk programme on Kremlin-backed broadcaster

Russia Today is to be investigated by media regulator Ofcom over anti-western comments in a late-night discussion on Ukraine - its sixth ongoing inquiry into the Kremlin-backed news channel following complaints by viewers.

The regulator, which threatened Russia Today, or RT, with statutory sanctions after repeated breaches of broadcasting regulations on impartiality last year, faces a new investigation over its Crosstalk programme broadcast on 23 December last year.

The programme is understood to have featured a number of anti-western views in the discussion between the presenter and three studio guests, prompting one viewer to complain.


Comment: Gasp! Anti-Western views?!?!? No one is allowed to present an opinion that is anything other than glowing in praise towards the West. What was RT thinking?

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Delta flight skids off runway, La Guardia airport closed

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Delta Airlines plane at LaGuardia airport
This story is developing. Please check back for further updates.

Delta flight 1086 from Atlanta to LaGuardia Airport slid off the runway when landing, according to a Federal Aviation Administration official.

According to that official, the McDonnell Douglas MD-88 aircraft skidded during a Thursday morning snowstorm. New York's LaGuardia Airport was closed immediately after the incident occurred. The FAA said the airport is expected to reopen at 6:59 p.m. EST.

"Travelers with flights scheduled to arrive and depart from the airport should check with their carrier to determine the status of their flight," the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said in a release. "The Port Authority will provide more information as it becomes available."
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Government employees hard to fire even when caught watching six hours of porn daily on work computers

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The red tape involved in firing federal employees is so bad that the government hasn't even been able to fire employees who were caught watching up to six hours a day of porn at work.

A recent report from CBS News finds that government employee unions and civil service rules make it almost impossible to fire employees, and it's costing the taxpayer big bucks.

In one instance, CBS found an employee who had 7,000 pornographic files on his office computer and was tracked sometimes spending up to six hours a day watching porn at work. But this employee is still being paid as his years-long appeals process continues.

In other cases, abusive or troubled employees remain employed even after caught sending threatening emails to other employees and bosses.

Comment: Your tax dollars at work!

Who watched most porn in 2012? Here's the shocking answer!

EPA employee downloaded 7,000 files of porn, watched 2 to 6 hours daily and is still on government payroll

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Lost in detention: Where suspects, by the thousands, disappear

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ICE detention centers: Practice runs for something even more ominous?
A recent article in the Guardian described an "off-the-books interrogation compound" where Chicago police secretly hold criminal suspects for questioning for hours on end, beyond the reach of lawyers, family members, and basic constitutional protections.

"I had been looking for him for six to eight hours, and every [police official] I talked to said they had never heard of him," one Chicago attorney says of a client, who, like other detainees at the nondescript warehouse on the city's west side, was kept out of official booking databases.

People are rightly shocked to learn that police in the US have allegedly been "disappearing" criminal suspects and subjecting them to ill-treatment. But it bears pointing out that in the parallel legal universe that is the U.S. immigration system, hundreds of thousands of people are routinely held in detention facilities under similar circumstances — for days, weeks, even months at a time — while they await court hearings or deportation for civil immigration violations.

Family members and lawyers of immigrant detainees often have a tough time finding them. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which has custody over immigrants caught in the interior of the US, often doesn't enter names into its online detainee locator system until at least 72 hours after they have been taken into custody, and sometimes longer. And that's assuming ICE spells their names correctly in its database,which is not always the case. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which has authority over immigrants caught within 100 miles of US borders, doesn't provide a locator service at all for the individuals detained in at least 130 small substationsdotting the border.

Comment: Whether its immigrants, the economically disadvantaged, politically "suspect", or just the unlucky, it appears as though an ever larger number of people are falling prey to the prison security complex that has become the United States of America.

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