Thursday, October 30, 2014

LAPD officer was flashing more than his badge

On October 29, 2014, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) announced that one of its officers was arrested as the Huntington Beach flasher. Off-duty LAPD Officer Ryan Galliher, 33, was caught in a police sting by the Huntington Beach Police Department, which was set up in response to victim complaints.

Female joggers were startled by a man exposing himself, prompting Huntington Beach Police to start closely watching the area near the wetlands at Bolsa Chica Street, south of Los Patos Avenue. Police caught Galliher red-handed, as they witnessed him exposing his genitals to an unsuspecting female jogger. He was arrested shortly thereafter. The long arm of the law grabbed the immodest flasher in the early morning hours on October 23, 2014. The LAPD officer was booked on suspicion of a lewd act in public.

NATO intercepts 19 Russian military aircraft, fighter jets scrambled in response

NATO intercepts 19 Russian military aircraft, fighter jets scrambled in response

NATO detected and monitored four groups of Russian military aircraft, conducting significant military maneuvers in European airspace on October 28 and 29, 2014. These sizable Russian flights took place over the Baltic Sea, North Sea/Atlantic Ocean and Black Sea. These activities represent an unusual level of air activity over European airspace. Fighter aircraft from Norway, Britain, Portugal, Germany and Turkey were scrambled in response.

Tensions between Russia and NATO countries have soared over the Ukraine crisis. Russia initially denied that its military played a part in the unlawful annexation of Crimea. Putin later admitted that the Russian military did indeed participate in the incursion. Similar denials are now being uttered with respect to Russia’s Hamas-like activities in Ukraine, while the deaths of Russian soldiers are being willfully concealed. As the West continues to press on with sanctions against Russia, the wounded bear is attempting to assert its might with military maneuvers.

California imposes Ebola quarantine policy

California imposes Ebola quarantine policy

On October 29, 2014, State Health Officer and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director Dr. Ron Chapman issued a quarantine order and associated guidelines to help prevent any potential spread of Ebola.

“Today we’re establishing a statewide, standard protocol requiring some level of quarantine for those at highest risk of contracting and spreading Ebola,” said Dr. Chapman. “This order will protect the health and safety of Californians and support the state’s local health officers’ existing authority to develop protections against disease spread.”

The order applies to anyone traveling to California from an Ebola affected area, who has had contact with someone with a confirmed case of Ebola. The new guidelines require that persons meeting these criteria are to be quarantined for 21 days. Anyone who traveled to the region, but has not come into contact with a person with Ebola will not be subject to quarantine. An Ebola affected area, determined by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), currently includes Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Former Department of Homeland Security officer sentenced for bribery, fraud

On October 20, 2014, Billy Louis Nelms Sr., 54, of Los Angeles, California, was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison. Nelms worked as an immigration officer in the Fraud Detection and National Security unit, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). One of his duties involved investigating marriage fraud on applications for an immigration benefit.

Nelms was taking bribes from Cambodian immigrants, who were present in the United States without legal status, in exchange for immigration benefits. He managed to defraud not only the government, but also the immigrants who bribed him. Nelms promised them permanent legal status, in exchange for a bribe of $5,000 in cash. Instead, the stamps he used on the immigration documents in question provided their bearers with only a temporary legal status in the United States.

Nelms attempted to cover up his crimes by using stamps that belonged to other government officials, or using altered stamp numbers. After learning of a possible criminal investigation, Nelms removed at least 12 files from the immigration office. He sent his wife, Sokhon Nelms, to threaten and intimidate potential witnesses.

Taser-happy cops plead guilty to using excessive force against a woman

On October 27, 2014, two former police officers pleaded guilty in federal court in Florence, South Carolina to using excessive force against a woman with mental disabilities. Eric Walters, 39, and Franklin Brown, 35, formerly police officers with the City of Marion Police Department in South Carolina, each pleaded guilty to one count of deprivation of rights under color of law for using unreasonable force. Walters and Brown repeatedly tased the female victim, in spite of the fact that she posed no threat to either officer.

In the course of detaining the woman, Walters tased her. This caused the victim to fall to the ground and injure her head. Once on the ground, Walters continued to tase the woman multiple times.

The woman was then restrained in handcuffs and seated on the curb, surrounded by law enforcement officers. Brown arrived on scene and decided that it was a great idea to tase a sitting, handcuffed woman yet again. In court, Walters and Brown admitted there was no legitimate law enforcement purpose for repeatedly tasing the victim, since she did not pose a threat to the officers and wasn’t resisting. Both police officers were fired for their misconduct in using excessive force.

California cop gets 25 years for sex crimes against prostitutes

California cop gets 25 years for sex crimes against prostitutes

On October 27, 2014, a former San Bernardino police officer Jose Jesus Perez, 47, was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for forcing prostitutes to have sex with him, while he was on duty. In May of this year, he was convicted of two felony counts and one misdemeanor count of deprivation of rights under color of law for sexual assaults.

In 2011, San Bernardino Police Department’s Vice unit conducted “a citywide anti-prostitution program targeting those seeking to solicit females in violation of PC 647(b).” Perez served in the Vice unit, investigating prostitution. He was charged for assaulting the women during the same year.

Perez blamed his crimes on being a sex addict. In a handwritten letter to U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips, Perez said that he began attending weekly Sex Addicts Anonymous meetings after the investigation began.

LAX flight cancelled because of a WiFi network named after terror group

On October 27, 2014, American Airlines Flight 136 to London is set to depart at 7:50 p.m., after Sunday’s flight out of Los Angeles International Airport was cancelled. A passenger's phone picked up a WiFinetwork named "Al-Quida Free Terror," prompting massive overreaction. After the passenger informed the flight crew, the plane was returned to the terminal at a remote part of the airport. LAX police officers boarded the plane and investigated the incident, telling passengers to turn off their electronic devices. Passengers were initially told that it was a maintenance issue. An hour later, they were informed that “there was a security threat” and the plane didn’t have clearance to take off. Passengers were kept onboard for several hours, only to find out that the flight was being delayed until the next day.

Officials determined that no crime had been committed and no further action will be taken, LAX Police Sgt. Karla Ortiz said. "Passengers were interviewed and cleared to continue with their travel plans," she reported. Nonetheless, the delay stranded many passengers in Los Angeles for an entire day.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Ukraine elections force Communist party out of Parliament

According to the exit poll data and the first results unveiled by Ukraine’s Central Electoral Commission, as of October 27, 2014, the Communist party has been expelled from the Ukrainian Parliament. The outcome of the elections is in line with the democratic values, for which Ukrainians fought and died during the popular revolution on the Maidan. The nation’s heroes did not die in vain.

Ukrainians have voted for a Parliament that significantly limits President Poroshenko’s block in its influence and includes previously underrepresented groups into the Verkhovna Rada. Pro-European parties are likely to take up to two-thirds of seats in Parliament. Poroshenko’s Bloc, People’s Front and Self-Help are newly-established pro-reformist parties, headed by young leaders (Klytchko, Yatseniuk and Sadovy respectively). They include civil-society activists, military men and volunteers. These are the people brought into the fold of Ukrainian politics by the Maidan and the conflict stirred up by Russia in Eastern Ukraine.

In spite of hysteria, whipped up by Putin’s Russia and its mainstream propaganda outlets, right-wing parties in Ukraine did not rise to power in parliamentary election. A political bloc uniting some former governing Party of Regions delegates and other pro-Russia politicians received 7.6% of the vote, securing seats in the Supreme Council. The Communist Party failed to get enough votes in the proportional balloting and for the first time in Ukraine's modern history will not be represented in Ukrainian Parliament.

Cops swap nude photos of female arrestees and dead victims as a ‘game’

Cops swap nude photos of female arrestees and dead victims as a ‘game’

On October 23, 2014, Contra Costa, CA prosecutors held a meeting to discuss possible felony computer theft charges against 35-year-old California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer Sean Harrington, who admitted accessing nude photos of a DUI suspect and covertly sending them from her cellphone to his own.

In additional court documents, obtained by San Jose Mercury News on October 24, 2014, Martinez confessed to stealing explicit photos from the cellphone of another Contra Costa County DUI suspect in August 2014. He forwarded those images to at least two CHP colleagues and called it a "game" among officers.

Harrington told investigators he had done the same thing to female arrestees a "half dozen times in the last several years." He sent bikini shots of a 19-year-old female DUI crash victim to another CHP Officer, Robert Hazelwood, while the woman was at a hospital to have X-rays taken after the crash. Accompanying text message said: "Taken from the phone of my 10-15x while she's in X-rays. Enjoy buddy!!!" Disappointed recipient texted: "No f------ nudes?"

Shortly thereafter, Harrington sent the same photos to another CHP officer, Dion Simmons. Simmons texted back "Nice" and "Hahahaaaa." In response, Harrington asked that Simmons return a “favor down the road.”

The Big Ebolowski: patronizing the public with Ebola photo-ops

On October 25, 2014 Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams decided to comfort the public by bowling at The Gutter, a Williamsburg bowling alley Ebola-stricken Dr. Spencer visited on Wednesday evening. “If I can put my fingers in the holes, everyone can feel comfortable about putting their fingers in the holes,” said Adams.

Later the same day, Mayor di Blasio ate lunch at The Meatball Shop in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, which Dr. Spencer visited on Tuesday. De Blasio was joined by his wife, Chirlane McCray, as well as the New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett.

Dr. Spencer experienced fatigue, one of the symptoms of Ebola, two days before he went to the hospital. By the time he self-reported to seek medical care, Dr. Spencer developed additional symptoms, such as high fever and diarrhea.

A health care worker at the Bellevue Hospital told the New York Times that Dr. Spencer seemed very sick and it was unclear to the medical staff why he had not gone to the hospital earlier. Doctors believed that he was most likely infected, even before the results came in.

Government officials continue to patronize the public with Ebola-related photo ops. Their posturing is based on the premise that without it, people will fall into the state of “panic.” To the contrary, the public is not panicking. People are not terrified by Ebola. Instead, they’re angered and disgusted by the government’s repeated failures in dealing with the deadly virus.

LAPD officer videotaped kicking restrained suspect's head like a football

LAPD officer videotaped kicking restrained suspect in the head

A Los Angeles police (LAPD) officer is under investigation for allegedly beating and kicking a suspect, who was being held down by other officers. On October 24, 2014, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck released a statement that he was “extremely concerned about this particular use of force.”

The victim, Clinton Alford, 22, was taken to a hospital for stitches and a head scan. In an interview with the LA Times, he reported being in fear for his life during the encounter. “I was just praying that they wouldn’t kill me. I just closed my eyes and tried to hold on,” Alford said.

Alford was riding his bicycle on the sidewalk, when a car pulled up behind him. He heard a man shouting a command to stop, without first identifying himself as a police officer. When someone grabbed the back of his bike, Alford jumped off and ran. After a short foot pursuit, two LAPD officers caught up to him. Footage from the security camera on an industrial building nearby captured Alford voluntarily lying down and placing his hands behind his back.

Several police officials who viewed the recording said that the officers were able to restrain Alford, who made no movements and did not resist. Two law enforcement officials who viewed the video said it was clear to them Alford was handcuffed as soon as he got on the ground.

Army official sold the public trust for a half-million dollars in bribes

Army official sold the public trust for a half-million dollars in bribes

On October 24, 2014, In Seon Lim, a former contracting official for the U.S. Department of the Army, was sentenced to four years in prison by the Honorable Leonie M. Brinkema in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Lim, 48, of Fairfax Station, Virginia, pled guilty to three offenses in July 2014: conspiracy to commit bribery and honest services wire fraud; bribery; and attempting to interfere with and impede tax laws.

Lim accepted more than $490,000 in benefits from companies, in exchange for helping them win favorable treatment and millions of dollars in federal government contracts. He is one of 18 individuals and one corporation, Nova Datacom, LLC, to plead guilty to federal charges in the largest domestic bribery and bid-rigging scheme in the history of federal contracting cases. Participants in the scheme stole over $30 million in government money through inflated and fictitious invoices.

Lim admitted that he used his official position to enrich himself by soliciting and accepting gifts, payments and other things of value from government contractors—totaling more than $490,000—in return for favorable official action. Lim received these bribes personally, as well as having them sent to accounts that he controlled. He received payments for travel, vacation, vehicles, cellphones and cellular service for himself and family members; ownership interests in two companies; golf clubs, female escorts and other types of bribes.

CHP officer forwards nude photos from DUI suspect's phone

CHP Officer may face felony charges for forwarding nude photos from DUI suspect's cellphone

On October 23, 2014, Contra Costa, CA prosecutors have met, considering felony computer theft charges against 35-year-old California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer Sean Harrington. The District Attorney Investigator has recommended that criminal charges be filed against Harrington, who is suspected of accessing nude photos of a DUI suspect and covertly sending them from her cellphone to his own.

On Aug. 29, 2014, Harrington and a second CHP officer pulled over a 23-year-old San Ramon, CA woman for allegedly making an unsafe lane change. She reportedly showed signs of intoxication, failed field sobriety tests and was taken to County Jail.

Investigators say that Harrington asked the woman for a password to her cellphone, in order to find contact information for the person she wanted to call from jail. After unlocking the phone, Officer Harrington looked through the photo folder, where he found explicit photos of the woman. He then forwarded six of those pictures to his own cellphone.

The woman never gave Harrington permission to access the photos, especially “private and compromising” ones in which she exposes various parts of her body, said the victim’s attorney, Rick Madsen. “It’s tantamount to theft,” he added.

Ebola hits the Big Apple: patient tests positive in New York

On October 23, 2014, Doctor Craig Spencer tested positive for the Ebola, after being rushed to Bellevue Hospital in New York City. Dr. Spencer had been treating Ebola patients, working with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea. He returned to New York City on Oct. 14, 2014 and began to feel “sluggish” on October 21, 2014. Fatigue is one of the symptoms of Ebola.

He traveled from Manhattan to Brooklyn on the subway one day before being hospitalized, then went to a bowling alley and took a taxi home. The very next morning he reported having a temperature of 103 degrees, raising disturbing questions about the possibility of exposing others to the deadly virus. Sweat on the bowling ball might be of particular concern, as a bodily fluid through which Ebola can be transmitted.

Health care workers are now spread out across the city, tracing anyone who might have come into contact with Dr. Spencer in recent days.

The first case of Ebola in New York highlighted the difficulties surrounding containment of the virus in a crowded metropolis. The concrete jungle presents its own challenges. For example, the “disease detectives” would have a hard time locating people who might have come into contact with Dr. Spencer on the subway.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Department of Homeland Security issues a warning about fake Halloween contacts

On October 23, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security issued a warning to consumers against counterfeit decorative contact lenses. With Halloween rapidly approaching, ‘Operation Double Vision’ is underway to seize fake contacts from store shelves. As a result of the operation, this year alone there have been 74 seizures with a total of more than 20,000 pairs of counterfeit and decorative contact lenses being seized by the DHS.

Decorative and colored lenses are a hot ticket item, especially during autumn holidays. Agencies involved in the operation are working to seize counterfeit contact lenses, illegally imported decorative lenses, and lenses unapproved by the FDA. Blood-drenched vampire eyes, glow-in-the-dark lizard lenses or oversized doll-eye contacts can certainly add a spooky, eye-popping touch. They can also bring real horror into your life, since there is no such thing as a "one size fits all" with contact lenses.

Contacts that are not properly fitted may scratch the cornea, cause an infection, damage blood vessels and even lead to blindness. Fashionistas with perfect vision still need an eye exam and a prescription from an eye-care professional to wear colored or decorative contact lenses.

Department of Homeland Security raids the store, confiscates panties as evidence

Birdies Panties’ Lucky Royals boyshorts are no longer on the market.

On October 20, 2014, agents with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) marched into Kansas City’s underwear store, Honig’s Birdies Panties shop. Peregrine Honig, the shop’s owner, asked one of the unwelcome visitors what size he was looking for. In response, he surprised Ms. Honig by flashing his badge and escorting her outside.

Apparently, the DHS was deeply perturbed by the Lucky Royals boyshorts that were set to go on sale Tuesday. The owner of Birdies Panties designed the undies to help celebrate the hometown team. The panties featured a hand-drawn design, with “Take the Crown” and “KC” printed across the bottom. Homeland Security officials said that by connecting the “K” and the “C” in her design, Ms. Honig allegedly infringed on major league baseball copyright.

DHS agents proceeded to confiscate the few dozen pairs of underwear, placing them into the evidence bag with the agency’s insignia. Ms. Honig was told to sign a statement, stating that Birdies Panties wouldn’t use the logo, as that would constitute a violation of copyright laws.

ISIS crisis: the West keeps missing warning signs

On October 22, 2014, the reign of terror continued in Canada. A soldier was gunned down, while guarding a war memorial. That violent act was followed by the shootout in the halls of the Canadian Parliament. The attacker was identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, also known as Michael Joseph Hall, a recent convert to Islam. Zehaf-Bibeau was reportedly designated as a “high-risk traveler” and his passport was seized by the government. After the attack, ISIS affiliates reportedly posted his photograph on Twitter.

Just two days earlier, a man who Canadian authorities said was "radicalized," deliberately hit two soldiers with his car, killing one and injuring another. The attacker, Martin Rouleau Couture, was then shot and killed. If there was any doubt about his motivation, the perpetrator called a 911 dispatcher to explain that he was “acting in the name of Allah.” He reportedly converted to Islam in April 2013 and started to call himself Ahmad Rouleau, as well as Abu Ibrahim AlCanadi.

DHS announces travel restrictions related to Ebola

On October 21, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security announced travel restrictions, allegedly designed “to prevent the spread of Ebola to the United States.” The new measures are set to be implemented starting on Oct. 22, 2014.

The Department of Homeland Security still has no plans to cancel or to stop issuing thousands of visas to tourists from Ebola-stricken countries. To the contrary, the agency is offering “immigration relief” to nationals of those three countries who are currently in the United States, even if they entered illegally or overstayed their visa. The DHS is offering fee waivers and expedited processing of immigrant petitions for the nationals of Ebola-affected countries.

The new travel restrictions are quite limited in scope. Passengers of commercial flights from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea will now have to enter the U.S. via one of the following airports:
  • New York’s JFK Airport
  • Newark Liberty International Airport
  • Dulles International Airport
  • Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  • Chicago O'Hare International Airport

The DHS implemented “enhanced screening measures” at these 5 airports. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs & Border Protection (CBP) officers will ask questions pertaining to potential Ebola exposure and measure the temperature of travelers from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

CDC tells people not to drink chlorine or bleach as a cure for Ebola

On October 20, 2014, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in anticipation of the arrival of the newly appointed Ebola Czar, produced new factsheets about Ebola. The first creation notifies the health workers of alleged “rumors that drinking chlorine or disinfectant solutions could cure or prevent Ebola virus disease (Ebola). Chlorine is NOT a cure for Ebola. No one should ever drink chlorine or disinfectant solutions containing chlorine.”

So far, there have been no media reports of people in the U.S intentionally drinking chlorine/bleach as a perceived Ebola cure. Nonetheless, the CDC’s latest guidance warns: “When chlorine, sometimes called bleach, is swallowed it can make people very sick or be fatal. How sick they get depends on the amount of chlorine in the product swallowed and the amount they drink. Be aware of the signs and symptoms of drinking chlorine.”

The second factsheet re-states the obvious: “Drinking chlorine is NOT a cure for Ebola. Drinking chlorine can make you very sick or kill you. Do NOT drink chlorine or other liquids that have chlorine in them.” This announcement is also quite graphic, in case you didn’t already know how a person might look while having a headache, experiencing abdominal pain, vomiting or defecating.

Fatal attraction: woman tries to break into the house, gets stuck in the chimney

On October 19, 2014, Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa tried to break into a Thousand Oaks, California home, by sneaking in through the chimney. Much to the woman's surprise, she got stuck. The Woodside Drive residents called the police during early morning hours, reporting that a female was heard crying nearby.

Ventura County emergency responders were able to locate Nunez-Figueroa, firmly lodged inside the chimney. In order to free her, authorities had to carefully dismantle the fireplace.

The homeowner called it a case of "fatal attraction," having met Nunez-Figueroa online. The two briefly dated, the woman reportedly had become obsessed. After the break-up, she was caught prowling on his roof.

FBI agent took bribes in exchange for internal law enforcement documents

FBI agent took bribes in exchange for internal law enforcement documents

The Department of Justice announced that on October 17, 2014 two Connecticut men pleaded guilty to bribery charges, admitting that they participated in a scheme to obtain confidential, internal law enforcement documents and information from a former Special Agent with the FBI in White Plains, New York.

Johannes Thaler, 51 and Rizve Ahmed, aka “Caesar,” 35, admitted to bribing Robert Lustyik, who was at the time serving as a Special Agent with the FBI’s counterintelligence squad.

According to the guilty plea, between September 2011 and March 2012, Thaler and Lustyik solicited bribes from Ahmed. In return for the bribes, Lustyik promised to provide internal law enforcement documents and other confidential information to Ahmed.

Ahmed, a native of Bangladesh, wanted to access confidential law enforcement information, including a Suspicious Activity Report, pertaining to a Bangladeshi political figure who was affiliated with a political party opposing Ahmed’s views. Ahmed admitted that he wanted to harm and discredit his intended victim and those associated with the targeted individual. Ahmed also sought Lustyik to aid him in having criminal charges against a different Bangladeshi political figure dismissed.

Pimp known as ‘King Kong’ branded minor victims with demeaning tattoos

Pimp known as ‘King Kong’ branded minor victims with demeaning tattoos

On October 17, 2014, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that Bruce Kelcy Gordon, 30 was sentenced to a total of 27-years-to-life in state prison. He pleaded no contest to human trafficking and a number of related crimes, including assault with a firearm, lewd act upon a child, human trafficking to commit another crime and sodomy by use of force. Gordon admitted to committing crimes reported by his multiple victims.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Daviann Mitchell ordered that Gordon be registered as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Since August 2003, Gordon was operating as a pimp, using the moniker “King Kong.” He forced one of his underage victims into prostitution. Gordon sexually abused the girl for more than seven years. He branded the victim with demeaning tattoos, including one on her face that said "King Kong." In the pimp subculture, which is nothing less than modern-day slavery, victims are marked with tattoos of gang monikers, bar codes or pimp names. Violent abusers, known as “gorilla pimps,” use violence to control their victims.

Akba Jihad Jordan pleads guilty in terrorism case

On October 16, 2014, Akba Jihad Jordan, 22 pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, planning to travel overseas “for purposes of violent jihad.” Jordan, along with his accomplice and co-defendant, Avin Marsalis Brown, were planning to fight side by side with terrorist groups in Yemen and Syria.

Brown and Jordan engaged in numerous discussions with an FBI confidential source, expressing their fervent desire to travel overseas to fight the “kuffar” (non-Muslims) and “munafiq” (Muslims considered to be hypocrites). They were willing to join groups such as al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS), and jabhat al-Nusrah (JAN).

In preparation for their trip, Jordan was acting as a fitness guru to Brown, as well as his homegrown firearms and tactical training instructor. The duo frequently discussed the use of weapons in fighting the kuffar, both overseas and in the United States. Jordan asserted that he would not hesitate to use the weapons for this purpose, including his AK-47.

Jordan, who was living with his mother, spent the nights sleeping on a blanket in the kitchen, to be like the “brothers” overseas.

FedEx delivers package with cocaine, heroin, meth to the wrong address

FedEx delivers package with cocaine, heroin, meth to the wrong address

On October 15, 2014, Harris County sheriff's officials in Texas reported that three people have been arrested, after a FedEx package containing illicit drugs was delivered to the wrong address. The unintended recipient opened the box and found cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. The resident notified authorities.

Instead of the FedEx package full of drugs they were expecting, a Texas trio received an unwelcome visit from the police. Search of the premises unearthed approximately $100,000 worth of drugs, described as “a hodgepodge of cocaine, heroin, LSD, steroids, assorted prescription drugs and a whole bunch of guns," including an AR-15 rifle with a full 30-round clip and a military-grade night scope. Scales, baggies and other drug paraphernalia were also found at the scene.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ebola Roulette: US protocols are the weakest in the world

On October 16, 2014, international relief group Samaritan's Purse expressed their extreme concern with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) procedures in treating Ebola. Vice President Ken Isaacs told The Hill that American standards for protecting healthcare workers from Ebola are weaker than those widely used in West Africa. “We’re not comfortable with [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)] procedures,” he said.

For example, when Samaritan's Purse health workers treat Ebola patients in Liberia, they wear two pairs of gloves and spray themselves with disinfectant twice before leaving the isolation ward. They have a three-foot “no touch” policy.

In contrast, U.S. hospitals, such as Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, which has had three cases of Ebola so far, were told by the CDC that medical professionals don't have to hose down their gear or be concerned about leaving their skin exposed in dealing with Ebola patients.

“If you slip, and you touch your skin … you’re going to get Ebola … Can we trust CDC? They said they were going to stop it in its tracks, but I don’t know," said Isaacs.

Bulgarian child rapist finally deported from the US after two decades

On October 14, 2014 Romeo Mihov Ruskov, 48 was deported from the U.S. back to his native Bulgaria by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE). Ruskov brutally raped a minor in Bulgaria in 1993, illegally entered the U.S. in 1995 and managed to hide from justice for nearly two decades. His case exemplifies the inexcusable shortcomings of our lax immigration system.

Ruskov was removed from Chicago via commercial aircraft, arriving in Sofia, Bulgaria on Oct. 15, 2014. He is the subject of an Interpol Red Notice (an arrest warrant or court order issued by the judicial authorities in the country concerned). Ruskov was convicted for gang raping a minor in Bulgaria, using threats and force. For this heinous crime, Ruskov was sentenced to four years in prison. An appellate decision issued by the Bulgarian Pazardzhik District Court on Nov. 8, 2012 upheld the conviction and sentence.

After committing the rape in 1993, Ruskov escaped justice by flying to Mexico City. Once there, he paid a smuggler (a “coyote”) $3,000 to help him illegally cross the U.S./Mexico border via the state of Texas in 1995. Ruskov was captured by the U.S. Border Patrol and placed in deportation proceedings.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Second health worker in US contracts Ebola, CDC fails to accept responsibility

On October 15, 2014, another female hospital worker in Dallas, Texas has tested positive for Ebola, after treating Ebola’s ‘Patient Zero,’ Thomas Eric Duncan. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to obfuscate the facts, while failing to acknowledge that its guidelines are grossly inadequate, providing only minimum level of protection.

Ebola is highly infectious. At the peak of illness, an Ebola patient can have 10 billion viral particles in one-fifth of a teaspoon of blood, making it more contagious than hepatitis A, B and C, as well as H.I.V.Researchers can study bubonic plague at level 3, but Ebola and other transmissible and incurable virusesmust be quarantined at Biosafety level 4. Protective gear recommended by the CDC provides only level 2 of protection – grossly inadequate for protecting health workers and other patients.

On October 14, 2014, Sudanese Ebola patient died in German hospital. He was the third Ebola patient to arrive in Germany in recent weeks, and the first to die. None of the medical workers in Germany have tested positive for Ebola. What are they doing differently? Treating Ebola the way medical professionals and researchers know it has to be treated: at the highest level of Biosafety: BSL-4.

ISIS recruits Western teens, justifies sex slavery

In the new edition of its digital magazine, ISIS attempts to justify kidnapping non-Muslim women and turning them into sex slaves. The article, "The Revival of Slavery Before the Hour," claims that forcing women to become concubines and sex slaves is acceptable in the days leading up to the Judgment Day.

CNN reports that the rationalization for a return to slavery coincided with the release of a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report on crimes committed by ISIS, which describes the Islamic State’s brutality towards their captives. A litany of horrific crimes includes forced marriage, sexual assault and slavery, with children amongst the victims.

The twisted publication of the group's English-language digital magazine called "Dabiq" threatens, “We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women." ISIS claims that “enslaving the families of the [infidels] and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of Shariah that if one were to deny or mock, he would be denying or mocking the verses of the Quran and the narrations of the Prophet, and thereby apostatizing from Islam."

Sunday, October 12, 2014

CDC protocol insufficient, medical worker in Texas tests positive for Ebola

On October 12, 2014, a female hospital worker in Dallas, Texas has tested positive for Ebola, after helping treat Thomas Eric Duncan. The worker was wearing a gown, gloves, mask and other protective gear, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) safety protocols.

Biosafety Level 4 or BSL-4 is “supermax”, the highest level of protection, which is required when working with dangerous and exotic agents that pose a high individual risk of infection with a life-threatening disease that is frequently fatal, for which there are no vaccines or treatments, or related agents with unknown risk of transmission. Ebola clearly meets these criteria. 

The exact mode of transmission is currently unknown and there is no cure for the disease, which takes lives of up to 90% of its victims. In addition to being present in body fluids, Ebola is also present on a patient’s skin after symptoms develop and remains in semen for months after patient’s recovery.

The head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Thomas Frieden, claimed that the safety protocols must have been “breached.” The real issue at hand is that current CDC protocols are grossly insufficient. They provide a level-two protection, while the only safe way of dealing with Ebola requires wearing a level-four biological security full-body suit and taking misty chemical showers with proper disinfectants.

D.C. police officer was moonlighting as a pimp

On October 9, 2014 Linwood Barnhill, 48, a former officer with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of pandering minors for prostitution and one count of possession of child pornography. His short sentence was secured by the plea agreement.

Judge Rosemary M. Collyer coddled the disgraced police officer, telling him: “You have served this community so well … It is sad for me to have to sentence you today. I hope you recover.”

Robot that kills Ebola and Enterovirus D68 showcased at IDWeek 2014

A 5-foot-5 superbug-slaying robot is being featured at IDWeek 2014 in Philadelphia from October 8 to 12, 2014. IDWeek is a combined meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the HIV Medicine Association and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.

This futuristic-looking machine, known as TRU-D SmartUVC, emanates UVC light at a particular frequency known to kill Ebola particles.

The study, entitled, "Sensitivity to Ultraviolet Radiation of Lassa, vaccinia and Ebola viruses Dried on Surfaces," found that Ebola virus is vulnerable to UVC light emitted from low-pressure mercury UVC bulbs. UVC light works to eliminate Ebola and other deadly pathogens, including methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Enterovirus D68, by scrambling DNA of these organisms and thereby compromising their ability to reproduce and spread.

Fort Hood soldiers charged after attempted alien smuggling on September 11

On October 9, 2014, the seven-count indictment was unsealed against three Fort Hood soldiers for smuggling, transporting and harboring illegal aliens. It charges active-duty U.S. Army soldiers Eric Alexander Rodriguez, 20, Brandon Troy Robbins, 20, and Christopher David Wix, 21.

The indictment was unsealed upon the arrests of Rodriguez, Robbins and Wix at Fort Hood in Texas. All three soldiers are privates, serving in the 1st Cavalry Division's 215th Brigade Support Battalion. Eric Alexander Rodriguez is an ammunition specialist, Christopher David Wix is an automated logistical specialist and Brandon Troy Robbins is a vehicle transport operator.

They are facing criminal charges for one count of conspiracy to transport and harbor aliens, and six counts of transporting aliens.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Outside of this suit, no one is safe around Ebola

On October 8, 2014, Liberian visitor Thomas Eric Duncan had succumbed to the Ebola virus and passed away at the hospital in Dallas, Texas. Medical professionals involved in treating him are at risk for contracting the disease. A World Health Organization (WHO) official has warned that more Ebola cases can be expected among medical staff. This includes developed countries with modern health care systems.

Health staff at the Carlos III hospital in Madrid, Spain protested over the hospital’s safety failures on Tuesday, since their protective clothing does not have level-four biological security, which is fully waterproof and includes an independent breathing apparatus. The European Commission has asked Spain to explain how Ms. Romero could have become infected. She was one of about 30 medical staff treating the missionaries. Nurse Romero had twice entered the room where priest Viejo had been treated, to be directly involved in his care and to disinfect the room after his death. She was wearing protective gear both times, including two sets of overalls, gloves and goggles. Nurse Teresa Romero contracted Ebola after treating priests Manuel Garcia Viejo and Miguel Pajares, after they were repatriated to Spain from West Africa. Both missionaries died of Ebola. One of them contracted the virus in Liberia and the other one was infected in Sierra Leone.

Dr. Kent Brantly also contracted Ebola in spite of wearing full-body protective gear.

ICE smartphone app helps locate child predators and rescue their victims

On October 7, 2014 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that Operation Predator app is now available for Android smartphones. It’s also available in Spanish for both Apple and Android versions. The Spanish language versions of the app are built-in to the iOS and Android applications. Users who already have the iOS version should update the app or download it fresh from the Apple Store or iTunes.

The award-winning Operation Predator app is the first U.S. federal law enforcement app, designed to seek the public's help with fugitive and suspected child predators. It allows users to receive alerts about child predators, share the information via email and social media tools and provide information to ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) by calling or submitting an online tip. It also showcases news about arrests and prosecutions of child predators, as well as other resources related to child exploitation.

Ebola sufferers are encouraged to come to America

On October 4, 2014, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials rushed to the temporarily quarantined United Airlines flight from Brussels at Newark Airport, after a passenger from Ebola-ravaged Liberia exhibited signs of the deadly virus. The man, who had been vomiting on the flight, along with his young daughter, were fitted with surgical masks and walked off the airplane by CDC personnel in white hazmat uniforms. There was a 90-minute wait before the passenger was removed off the airplane.

The remaining passengers aboard the United Airlines flight 998 were held aboard the aircraft for about two hours. They were later questioned and released. The passenger and his daughter were also released. Officials said that they do not show signs of Ebola and therefore will not be tested for the deadly virus.

Liberian citizens, awaiting the arrival of their fellow countrymen, conveyed the prevailing attitude: “Better here than in Africa… Because they are coming from Africa, and America is a better place to be” if you have Ebola. “All the people brought here are cured from Ebola but there they die. America is a great country.”

Department of Homeland Security official took bribes in cash and egg rolls

A U.S. immigration officer was sentenced on October 3, 2014 to two and a half years in federal prison, for accepting bribes in the form of cash and egg rolls from applicants seeking citizenship and green cards.

Mai Nhu Nguyen, 48, served with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Santa Ana for eight years. She pleaded guilty to receiving bribes as a public official between July 2011 and May 2013. As an immigration service officer, Nguyen had the authority to approve or deny immigration applications.

In one of the instances of bribery, Nguyen called a vendor to order 300 egg rolls. She then told an immigration applicant to pay for the $150 food order and deliver it to her workplace. Once the task was performed, Nguyen proceeded to approve the immigrant's paperwork.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Thomas Duncan and 13,500 others from Ebola epicenter have U.S. tourist visas, Duncan lied on airport forms

Thomas Eric Duncan entered the U.S. with a tourist visa. He had direct contact with a woman stricken by Ebola in Liberia only four days earlier. The woman was turned away from a hospital, since there was no room in its Ebola treatment ward. She was taken back home and died later the same evening. Duncan helped carry the victim and was likely aware of having been exposed to the virus.

He lied about his history of contact with the disease on an airport questionnaire, by answering “no” to a question about his contact with any person who might have been stricken with Ebola in the past 21 days.