On April 22 of this year a convicted felon, just out of jail, went to an Aurora, Colorado, church and shot and killed a member of the congregation before being killed himself by a congregant carrying a gun. If not for the presence of the armed congregant, many more innocent people could have been killed. On July 20, another gunman opened fire in an Aurora movie theater — a "gun free" zone — where he was able to kill at least 12 and wound dozens of others without any of the defenseless moviegoers being able to return fire.
"To a trained terrorist, most airports have the security of a laundromat,” aviation consultant Mike Boyd said, after a SkyWest pilot and murder suspect scaled a fence surrounding St. George Municipal Airport in Utah early Tuesday morning and drove the plane through the wire fence and into the airport parking lot, damaging cars and crashing into the airport terminal.
Another Muslim “student” from abroad has been sentenced to a lengthy term in prison.
This time, it is a 22-year-old native of Uzbekistan, one of the many “stan” countries northeast of Iran and south of Russia. He landed in the United States June 19, 2009 on a student visa, but became an illegal alien because he did not leave the country when the government revoked his visa after learning that he did not re-enroll in school.
Ulugbek Kodirov’s crime? He threatened to kill the president — four times.
After disgraced Attorney General Eric Holder became the first sitting cabinet member in U.S. history to be officially held in contempt of Congress, gun-rights activists are now seeking to have Obama’s controversial top law-enforcement officer disbarred for his lawless behavior surrounding the “Fast and Furious” federal gun-running scandal – the scheme to put thousands of weapons in the hands of Mexican cartels that eventually led to Holder being held in contempt for making multiple false statements under oath and defying lawful subpoenas to obstruct a congressional investigation.
While critics say Holder is currently abusing his position as head of the Justice Department to shield himself from prosecution, his opponents are not done trying to rein him in yet. They are now seeking to have his license to practice law revoked in the wake of growing outrage.
Joe Paterno, the late storied football coach at Penn State, lied when he told a grand jury that he did not know about a report that his defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky molested a boy in 1998, according to the report published by investigators who studied all the evidence at the request of the university.
Former FBI Director Louis Freeh, whose law firm compiled the report, said top officials at the university knew of Sandusky’s crimes and did nothing to stop them. Their refusal to act in 1998 and afterward permitted Sandusky to wage a campaign of sexual terror on nearly a dozen boys.
Two new developments in the Trayvon Martin case in Sanford, Florida cast even more doubt on the prosecutor’s second-degree murder charge against George Zimmerman, the Hispanic man accused of killing Martin because the 6-foot-three football player was black.
The Orlando Sentinel disclosed FBI records that show that federal law enforcement officers learned that Zimmerman is not a racist and indeed is far from it.
Meanwhile, the Miami Herald reported that the lead detective in the Martin case told the FBI that fellow detectives pressured him to press charges.
The Hartford Courant and other media have reported that Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) has expelled Alexandra Pennell, and now the unhappy college girl faces eight felonies and 17 misdemeanors. Although Pennell pleaded not guilty, police caught her on tape and she confessed to her roommate, the newspaper reported. Staging hate crimes is now a common occurrence. In May, for instance, police in Colorado arrested a pair of lesbians for staging a phony hate crime at their home.
Even as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is instructing U.S. Border Patrol agents to run away from violent criminals, the Lone Star State is preparing to meet force with force. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has announced that it is deploying two gunboats armed with machine guns to patrol the waters of the Rio Grande to stop Mexican cartel thugs from running drugs across the border.
A news article for the KSAT-San Antonio website ("DPS gunboats prepare to patrol border waters") reports that Texas law enforcement has created a new "Tactical Marine Unit" to cope with the strategies of Mexican drug runners.
The Florida judge overseeing the controversial case of George Zimmerman, accused of second-degree murder in the February shooting death of Trayvon Martin, reluctantly ruled that the defendant could be released on a $1 million bond while awaiting trial — albeit with an array of new restrictions. As soon as the news broke Thursday, with Zimmerman still in jail trying to raise bail money, death threats against him resumed.
Late-breaking bulletin: Zimmerman was released from jail on $1 million bond on July 6.
Late Thursday afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for failing to fully comply with the congressional investigation into the ATF's gunwalking scandal "Operation Fast and Furious." The vote was 255 to 67 with 17 Democrats breaking from their party to vote in favor of the contempt measure along with Republicans. A second resolution, the civil contempt charge that would authorize the House Oversight Committee to seek judgment in federal court requiring Holder to comply with subpoenas, passed by a vote of 258 to 95, with 21 Democrats voting with Republicans.