Posts Tagged ‘Homeland Security’

by G: Nov. 21, 2011

Here’s the latest news on terrorism in NY. It’s sharing the headlines with the recent demonstrations in Egypt, where, according to the NY Times   at least 23 people had been killed and more than 1,500 people had been wounded.

It concerns a Muslim sympathizer  that the NYPD has had under surveillance for 2 1/2 years. They followed him and an informant to the dollar store and a Home Depot, where Pimentel bought a clock, christmas tree lights and some pipe elbows. Pimentel has a website, uses Blogger and Youtube and allegedly was building a bomb using material from matches as the explosive.  According to NYPD, he was assembling it at the informants house, where he was drilling holes in pipe. He was arrested at that point and given a public defender. The bomb was never assembled, but a mock-up of the bomb was shown, while the testimony of the informant told of his intentions. Looks like they really have the goods on this guy and it will, undoubtedly be an open and closed case. Homeland Security, once more, defeats terrorism and justice is done.

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Risk low in Northwest for radiation contamination from Japan

KVAL News Video

Even with the jet stream that goes over Japan, across the Pacific and often over the Northwest, state health experts say if there is a radiation leak in Japan we have nothing to worry about.

That is, unless you have questions about the integrity of the Corporate Gubmint. Not long after 911, George Duhbya Bu$h signed a presidential directive, HSPD-5 in order to provide a consistent, coordinated, nation-wide approach for emergency operations across all levels of government, HSPD-5 directed DHS to develop and administer a National Incident Management System (NIMS) and a National Response Plan. Together, NIMS and the NRP provide an approach for federal, state, and local governments to effectively prepare for, respond to, and recover from domestic incidents, regardless of cause, size, or complexity.

RadNet is a national network of monitoring stations that regularly collect air, precipitation, drinking water, and milk samples for analysis of radioactivity. The RadNet network, which has stations in each State, has been used to track environmental releases of radioactivity from nuclear weapons tests and nuclear accidents. Data generated from RadNet provide the information base for making decisions necessary to ensure the protection of public health. The system helps EPA determine whether additional sampling or other actions are needed in response to particular releases of radioactivity to the environment.

IMO, it would be conforting to see some independent studies as a check on what is coming down in the rain.

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Fmr. NYC Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik

Kerik Sentenced To Four Years For Tax Fraud, Lying To White House

TPM Muckraker

Justin Elliott | February 18, 2010, 12:17PM

Former New York Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik was sentenced today to four years in prison for lying during his vetting to be secretary of homeland security and tax fraud charges arising in part from renovations on his apartment paid for by a company looking for a city license.

The sentence exceeded the 27 to 33 months sought by prosecutors.

The AP reports:

“The fact that Mr. Kerik would use that event (9/11) for personal gain and aggrandizement is a dark place in the soul for me,” said federal Judge Stephen Robinson.An apologetic Kerik said before the sentence was pronounced: “Allow me to return to my wife and two little girls as soon as possible.”

As we noted earlier today, Rudy Giuliani, once a vocal champion of Kerik, has not commented, and was not among those who asked the judge to be lenient with Kerik.

TPMmuckraker’s full coverage of Kerik over the years is here.

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The latest on this is that New York City has rescinded the demand that health care workers get mandatory H1N1 vaccinations. Also that in the larger cities the percentage of new flu cases has dropped dramatically from the spring numbers, with increased cases in the rural parts of the US.
My reference point is Billings Montana’s KULR8 News which maintains excellent coverage of the local happenings.

BILLINGS – Residents were turned away Monday afternoon as health officials ran out of the vaccine for the H1N1 virus.

KULR* News
By Sarah Gravlee
Oct 26, 2009

Throngs of people poured into the Shrine Auditorium Monday at 1:00 p.m. to get the H1N1 vaccination, but this was just the end of what had been a long day of waiting. The first people in line arrived at about 9:00 a.m.


Here’s a previous artical about Billings MT.


Babyboomer perspective

And a little further left…




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Bernie Kerik Jailed As Judge Revokes Bail In Corruption Case

TPM MUCKRAKER–Justin Elliott | October 20, 2009, 1:48PM

A federal judge has revoked $500,000 bail for former NYC police commissioner Bernard Kerik in his corruption case and ordered him to jail, Fox reports.

Prosecutors allege that Kerik got renovations on his co-op in the Bronx in exchange for recommending the construction company for city contracts. The trial in the case is set to begin Monday.

Fox 5 in New York reports:

Fox 5 News reports that he is accused of violating terms of a protective order of consent leading up to his corruption trial.The judge, U.S. District Judge Stephen C. Robinson, accused Kerik of giving information that had been sealed to the trustee of his legal defense fund. The trustee leaked the information to a newspaper.

AP notes that the information in question was not published. Anthony Modafferi, the trustee of Kerik’s legal defense fund — whose Web site is down but can be seen here — allegedly passed information about the case to the Washington Times.

The New York Times has color from the courtroom today, where the judge blasted Kerik as a “toxic combination of self-minded focus and arrogance.”

Here’s our post from last December on a $75-a-plate-minimum beefsteak dinner thrown by the legal defense fund in Kerik’s honor.

Kerik faces two other trials, one having to do with tax evasion, and the other with lying to the White House while being vetted to be George W. Bush’s Secretary of Homeland Security.

Kerik’s attorneys did not immediately respond to our requests for comment.

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APF Reveals Little Information

By Nick Lough & Katie Ussin

Story Published: Sep 28, 2009 at 7:53 PM MDT

Story Updated: Sep 29, 2009 at 10:00 AM MDT

BILLINGS – Confusion and secrecy about American Police Force has grown during the last few weeks.

“APF has been here for 10 months but it has never been stealth,” said APF spokesperson Becky Shay at a press conference on Saturday morning. The group announced its plans to fill the $27 million dollar detention facility and build a police training center next to the jail. While they gave details for the site, other questions went unanswered.

Where will the prisoners come from? What experience does APF have in prisoners and training police officers? Why was Two Rivers Authority Executive Director Greg Smith placed on administrative leave?

During the press conference APF also refused to release any information on its funding or organization “The decision is the name of the parent company will not be released,” said Shay.

When questioned about the decision to show up in Hardin last week in vehicles with “Hardin Police” templates, members were brief in their explanation. “They are to show are intentions are good,” said APF leader Captain Michael Hilton. “Why not put an APF logo on it,” said Shay. “You know we’re getting there.” All of the decals were removed from the vehicles two days later.

APF has consistently stated the community has nothing to fear and says its plans will help stimulate the Hardin economy. “This corporation’s intention is to buy local and stay local and do local business as much as we can,” said Shay.

Residents appear split in their feelings over the company. Some want more information, but others believe it will be a tremendous boost to the area. The company plans to hold a job fair in Hardin the third week of October.

Another development this weekend was the naming of Shay as APF’s new public relations director. Shay was a reporter with the Billings Gazette who had covered the detention facility story for last few years. She announced on Friday she was leaving the paper and hosted the APF press conference Saturday morning.

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Ring Of Fire:  Go Left TV

White House Used Interns to Fill Empty Press Conference; Justice Department Sues Indiana For Discriminating Against Whites; ACLU Launches “You Are Being Watched” Campaign.

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