These Aren’t Good Times For Whistleblowers

15 06 2015

Jefferson City and Washington, D.C.

MissouriNet:  Missouri trooper critical of Highway Patrol after drowning of Iowa man is disciplined

Pat Dollard: Green Beret Says Army Trying To Court-Martial Him For Whistleblowing On Obama Regime

Daily Caller: DHS Agent Says She Was Stripped Of Gun, Nearly Lost Daughter After Blowing Whistle On Immigration Visa Program

“Most transparent administration ever.”

About the first story, that was the subterranean talk among a lot of people at SOTS, that is, before Nixon started droning on about cars. That it turned out to be a big mistake to subsume the Water Patrol into the Highway Patrol.





Top That

8 06 2015

The Bronx

Three years in Rikers Island without a trial, beaten and brutalized by guards while there.

Try seven years in mostly Federal facilities without a trial, beaten and brutalized while there.

What, you’ve never heard of Tom Sell?  Well, neither did any of the people who gave Kalief Browder donations and other things.





Birth of a Suburb

21 04 2015

Crime Lawn

Blacks on both sides.

I wonder if the ACLU will be seen or heard from with the lawfare in Wisconsin.





#BlackLivesMatterIfTheyreEndedByANonFederalLawEnforcementOfficer

13 04 2015

Waco, Texas

Jack Cashill, writing in AT:

Hasn’t Al Sharpton Heard of Waco?

(snip)

Those like Sharpton who hope to nationalize the police might want to recall what our national police forces accomplished on the dusty plains outside of Waco, Texas, twenty-two years ago next Sunday.

(snip)

For those of short memory, the FBI, trying to mop up for a botched earlier raid by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), launched a tank attack on a Branch Davidian religious community called the Mount Carmel Center.

The ATF had gotten it into its head that the Branch Davidians were converting legally owned, semi-automatic AR-15s into illegal, fully automatic weapons. The ATF had no proof of this beyond the report from one neighbor who thought he heard machine gun fire, a report that the local sheriff had already investigated and discounted.

Based on this claim, the ATF obtained a search warrant and an arrest warrant for leader David Koresh and others suspected in the weapons conversion. Earlier Koresh had offered to let the ATF inspect the Branch Davidians’ weapons and paperwork, but the ATF declined. Instead, on February 28, 1993, to impress the incoming Clinton administration, the ATF launched an armed attack against the community called, appropriately enough, “Showtime.”

By comparison to Showtime, the ATF’s “Fast and Furious” program was a roaring success. The raid was a total botch. Six ATF agents were killed as were six Davidians. For the next fifty-one days the Davidians hunkered down and one nationalized police force, the FBI, took control from another, the ATF.

On April 19, 1993, losing patience, the FBI launched its assault. Leading the way were M728 Combat Engineer Vehicles, better known as “tanks.” Their task was to puncture the walls of the community and pump in CS gas.

The assault did not work quite as planned. The wood frame buildings caught fire, and seventy-four Davidians died, twenty of them children. Individually the federal agents involved were likely honorable and decent citizens. Those at the top of the hierarchy were not. Attorney General Janet Reno accepted responsibility. “I made the decision,” Reno said at a news conference. “I’m accountable. The buck stops with me.”

During the siege, and immediately afterwards, Bill Clinton proved to be as craven a buck passer as Obama has been post-Benghazi. “I was aware of it. I think the attorney general made the decision,” Clinton told the media while the compound burned. “I knew it was going to be done but the decisions were entirely theirs.”

(snip)

When Clinton saw the laurels being tossed Reno’s way, however, he turned credit monger and fought for his share of the limelight. Yes, Virginia, there was limelight to be had.  What may seem incredible, at least to those who take the media seriously, is that Reno’s approval ratings went up after the debacle.

Reno survived Waco — indeed, Clinton survived Waco — only because one crucial piece of evidence was successfully withheld from the public, quite possibly including Al Sharpton. I am talking here about the racial make-up of the Mount Carmel community.

As a test, ask a group of your smartest friends to describe what the victims at Waco looked like. Almost assuredly, your friends will describe them as white, Bible-toting, gun-loving Christians of the peckerwood variety.

What your friends almost assuredly will not know, and will be reluctant to believe, was that more than half of those presumed peckerwoods were racial minorities, thirty-nine out of seventy-four who died on April 19 to be precise. Six of the dead were Hispanic.  Six were of Asian descent. Twenty-seven were black. The victims ranged in age from six to sixty-one.

Truth be told, Waco represented the single greatest federally orchestrated one-day slaughter of racial minorities on American soil since Wounded Knee in 1890, and there, at least, the Indians fought back, killing more than 30 American cavalry. And no, this is not something I read on the Internet.  I found a verifiable list of the dead, broken out by age and ethnicity, and counted them.

The FBI had given the Branch Davidians video cameras.  The Clinton White House knew who was in the buildings.  So, almost assuredly, did the major media, but those video images were successfully suppressed, and the public never knew.

Although usually hypersensitive to the concerns of racial minorities, the media turned a strategically blind eye to their very presence at Waco, not to mention their deaths. As intended, scarcely a black person in America knew the hell visited on his brethren by white police in those early uncertain months of the Clinton era.

That knowledge would surely have strained black affection for the Clintons and maybe even party loyalty. The media were not about to encourage such a schism. Those under 30 may wonder how the media succeeded in keeping this information from the American people. The reason is simple: in 1993, a nearly monolithic broadcast media controlled close to all visual imagery.

A few points:

1.  I always thought that there were a few non-white victims.  One thing that Cashill did not mention here that is not well known but I know it is that a supposed KKK group in the area protested on the side of the ATF and FBI, and were happy with the way things turned out, because they denounced the BDs as race mixers.  I was not aware until this how successful the BDs were at being a rainbow coalition.

2.  The reason the ATF wanted to “impress the incoming Clinton administration” by using cowboy tactics instead of wonk tactics is because in the several years leading up to Waco, there was very serious talk about eliminating the ATF and subsuming its duties into the FBI.  In the late Bush 41 years, the ATF was desperate to find reasons for its continued existence as a standalone agency, and desperate to prove this to politicians.  With the change of Presidents, this gave the ATF a golden opportunity to show that once and for all.  Therefore, Waco.

3.  But Cashill is only fooling himself if he thinks that that the news that 36% of Waco victims were black and showing them on TV would have turned blacks against Bill Clinton.  There were plenty of other obvious opportunities where one would think that blacks would have turned against Clinton, the most obvious of which was the supposed welfare reform in 1996.  But it didn’t, and proper reporting on Waco would not have done the trick, either.

4.  There’s a more fundamental point lurking here.  See the title of this post.  The media and black activist silence is deafening when a black life is taken by white or even other-than-white Federal law enforcement agents.  If the LEA is a white local B&W, county mounty, state bear or state agent, then they’re pissed to high heaven, hashtags, protests, screaming.  But when the LEA is a Federal agent or a cop whose paycheck comes from the Federal government, crickets.  Notice you don’t see or hear the name Miriam Carey being written or said much anymore.  Why this double standard?

UPDATE

Someone responded to my comment on the AT thread stating that the FBI did not want the ATF to be subsumed into the FBI, because the FBI agents didn’t want to work with and around the untermenschen ATF agents.  Evidently, in Federal LEA lore, FBI agents are considered a cut above ATF agents.  So you look at this from the other side of the coin, and I can easily see why the ATF was so scared of being subsumed into the FBI.  It would have meant that “lesser” ATF people would be in the same boat as “better” FBI people, and therefore, the career trajectories of former ATF now FBI agents would be stalled if not ended.  Mixing the ATF and FBI would have been like trying to mix oil and water.  It also explains the ATF’s desperation in proving the necessity of it remaining a standalone agency, ergo Waco.





No Outstanding Warrant

10 04 2015

North Charleston, South Carolina

NBC:

Walter Scott owed nearly $7,500 in back child-support payments when a South Carolina cop shot him to death — but no bench warrant had been issued for him, according to court records cited by The Associated Press.

It is unclear whether Scott knew at the time there was no bench warrant for him, but his decision to flee during the Saturday traffic stop in North Charleston apparently led to the deadly encounter.

Scott’s parents told TODAY on Wednesday that they believe Scott fled from Slager because he owed child support and did not want to be arrested again.

I think this makes sense.  There might not have actually been a warrant, but Scott thought because he was getting pulled over that there was one.  So he ran thinking he was either going to get away or die trying.  What this also means is that Slager wasn’t done checking Scott before Scott made a run for it, so Slager might have thought that Scott was really wanted for something serious, otherwise, why run?  If Scott doesn’t run, Slager would have found out that Scott didn’t have any warrants, and would have let him go.

This may well change the nature of the debate of the actual confrontation.  I’ve been saying that we don’t shoot people running away from you in the back over the matter of child support warrants.  But we now know that Slager didn’t know whether Scott was wanted for anything and if so exactly what at the moment Scott ran and Slager chased Scott.  Slager was left to infer from Scott’s running that that there was a warrant out for him and that it was something very serious.  Therefore, Slager’s decision to shoot Scott was predicated on Slager having to make split second inferences.

It also means that the questions of whether there was ever a conflagration between Slager and Scott before Scott started running away again and of whether Scott tried to take Slager’s taser are moot. Because, like I wrote above, Slager didn’t know Scott’s warrant status; for all Slager knew, Scott might have been wanted for murder, at which point it would have been justified to shoot him even if he was unarmed and running away, even in our post Tennessee v Garner environment.

But then there’s still the outstanding matter of everyone lied on the paperwork after the fact, and the throwing down of the taser.  If what I now think is the way it is, then it’s going to be yet another example of the cover up being worse than the crime.

It also means that it’s manslaughter at worst for Slager, if that.  Hell, I can easily see now how Slager is never convicted for anything relating to his actually shooting and killing Scott, and the only thing he and other relevant cops in this case get convicted of is the crimes relating to the cover up.

UPDATE 3 PM

I am making a bit of a leap of faith in saying that Slager did not yet have the information that there were no warrants on Scott when Scott got out and ran.  The reason I’m comfortable making that assumption is that if Slager did already know that, then I don’t think he would have bothered chasing Scott, much less shooting him in the back as he’s running away.  Slager knows about TN v Garner.

To put it another way:  If Slager only wants to spend a little time in prison and not a long time, he better say that he didn’t have that information back while waiting for it in his squad car, and stick to it, and hope that there is no evidence that can prove that he did know.  Because if he admits that he knew there were warrants out for Scott, or it can be proven otherwise that he knew that, then he’s going to flunk a TN vs Garner exam, which means manslaughter or murder two.





Dash Cam Vid

9 04 2015

North Charleston, South Carolina

If you don’t want to watch his editorializing, you can stop at 4:43.

I don’t see how this changes anything substantively.  Cop still shot unarmed civilian running slowly away from him over a matter of a warrant for failure to appear on a child support matter.  Then there is the matter of the cops’ subsequent lies and cover ups.

I do think it means that Scott just had enough of constantly going in and out of jail for child support, and did SBC.





Here Comes The Eye

8 04 2015

North Charleston, South Carolina

NYT:

North Charleston is South Carolina’s third-largest city, with a population of about 100,000. African-Americans make up about 47 percent of residents, and whites account for about 37 percent. The Police Department is about 80 percent white, according to data collected by the Justice Department in 2007, the most recent period available.

Okay.  Well.  Would more black cops have made a difference?

A black cop on the NCPD was the second to show.  He’s the one who claimed in his paperwork that he administered CPR to Walter Scott, but the video shows that he never did, therefore he lied on his police report.








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