Tag Archive: Associated Press


Gunman Roaming DC Naval Yard

Active Shooter at Washington Navy Yard, At Least 2 People Shot

 

 

” At least two people have been shot and an active shooter is on the grounds of the Washington Navy Yard in Southeast D.C.

The U.S. Navy says three shots were fired at 8:20 a.m. Monday at Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building and D.C. police say at least two people have been shot.

The Navy Yard is on lockdown and a “shelter in place” order has been issued, the Navy says. About 3,000 people work in the building, the Navy says.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s Why the Obama Administration Wanted the NSA Data-Mining Program Kept Secret

 

 

 

” I was reading up on the National Security Agency’s data-mining program when I came across this tweet by Matt Apuzzo of the Associated Press:

If the programs needed secrecy to succeed, will NSA shut them down now? If not, did they ever need be secret? Or did I just blow your mind?

— Matt Apuzzo (@mattapuzzo) June 7, 2013

Why does this program have to be kept secret? It’s not like American consumers will just stop using cell phones, or wireless networks, or social networks. (A person could do that, but who’s actually willing to? Much as I loathe government surveillance, I’m not giving up Facebook or Gmail or my account with Verizon. I doubt many people are.) It’s also not like Americans didn’t know something like this was going on. So why keep it secret that the government is mining data when Americans will continue to provide data regardless?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q&A On Scandals And Eric Holder

 

 

 

” Attorney General Eric Holder is head of the Department of Justice—in charge of enforcing the nation’s laws. So what happens when the head law enforcer gets caught up in questionable conduct?

 The Obama Administration is under scrutiny for the scandals of the IRS targeting conservative groups and the Justice Department investigating journalists, and Holder’s role is the focus of a lot of speculation. We sat down with Heritage senior legal fellow Hans von Spakovsky to get some context.

 A number of news organizations including the Associated Press, CNN, and The New York Times just refused to meet with Eric Holder “off the record” about guidelines for investigating journalists. Have we even begun to get to the bottom of this?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Overlooked Lessons From The AP Subpoena Controversy And Other Leak Investigations

 

 

 

” The journalism world has been rightly outraged by the Justice Department dragging the Associated Press (and now a Fox News reporter) into one of its sprawling leak investigations. As we wrote last week, by obtaining the call records of twenty AP phone lines, “the Justice Department has struck a terrible blow against the freedom of the press and the ability of reporters to investigate and report the news.”

But there are several other important lessons that this scandal can teach us besides how important free and uninhibited newsgathering is to the public’s right to know.

For example, according to information released by the phone companies to Rep. Ed Markey, Sprint alone received a staggering 500,000 subpoenas for call records data last year.”

 

 

 

Illustration by Jim Margulies

 

 

 

 

The Obama Objective: To Control The News

 

 

 

 

” For awhile, it looked like the White House wanted just to control “the narrative.” But its seizure of AP phone records and surveillance of Fox employees now show its real aim: to control the news.

The Obama political team at the White House has always prided itself on its media savvy. After all, they got a candidate with an otherwise unsalable socialist past elected on a campaign that sold his personality, not his platform.

But it turns out their mastery of the press went a lot deeper than just the political arts. The latest news that the Justice Department investigated Fox News reporter James Rosen and two other newsmen in the normal course of their investigative reporting on a national security matter — coming on the heels of their seizure of Associated Press phone records — suggests an administration obsessed with controlling the news itself with a heavy hand reminiscent of totalitarian regimes.”

 

 

 

 

 

IRS AND AP SCANDALS CAST A BIG CHILL ON FREE SPEECH

” Chilling effect. That’s the term lawyers and judges use to describe the result of government actions that deter people from exercising their right of free speech.

There have been plenty of examples in the past 10 days.

Anti-abortion groups were asked to pledge that they would never picket Planned Parenthood clinics. Organizers were asked numerous personal questions, including what they said in their prayers. If that’s not chilling, I don’t know what is.”

More here

 

Peggy Noonan: This Is No Ordinary Scandal

 

 

 

 

” “Something big has shifted,” Noonan added. “The standing of the administration has changed. As always, it comes down to trust.”

Noonan, who served President Ronald Reagan, said that Obama, “as usual, acts as if all of this is totally unconnected to him. He’s shocked, it’s unacceptable, he’ll get to the bottom of it. He read about it in the papers.

“But he is not unconnected, he is not a bystander,” she said. “This is his administration. Those are his executive agencies. He runs the IRS and the Justice Department.

“A president sets a mood, a tone. He establishes an atmosphere. If he is arrogant, arrogance spreads. If he is to too partisan, too disrespecting of political adversaries, that spreads, too.”

She called the Internal Revenue Service scandal the more serious of those engulfing Obama.

“This was more systemic. It was an operation. The word was out: Get the Democratic Party’s foes,” she said.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Government Obtains Wide Set Of Associated Press Phone records In Investigation, Using Subpoena

 

 

 

 

 

” The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news.

In all, the government seized the records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012. The exact number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period is unknown, but more than 100 journalists work in the offices where phone records were targeted, on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.

In a letter of protest sent to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday, AP President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt said the government sought and obtained information far beyond anything that could be justified by any specific investigation. He demanded the return of the phone records and destruction of all copies.

The government would not say why it sought the records. Officials have previously said in public testimony that the U.S. attorney in Washington is conducting a criminal investigation into who may have provided information contained in a May 7, 2012, AP story about a foiled terror plot. The story disclosed details of a CIA operation in Yemen that stopped an al-Qaida plot in the spring of 2012 to detonate a bomb on an airplane bound for the United States.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

False White House Scare Thanks To Hacked AP Twitter Account Feed

 

” Earlier today, the Associated Press (AP) Twitter feed was reportedly hacked. One of the hacked tweets involved false information about explosions (repeat: false) at the White House and President Obama being injured in the blasts. Last week’s Boston Marathon explosions raised similar concerns for what happens when our news stream originates in the social media stream.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connecticut Massacre Records Secret, Media Seek Access

 

 

 

 

 

” The shooter is dead and the prosecutor handling the case has said he does not expect any charges.

Yet authorities are continuing to keep search warrants and police records secret. Media outlets have pressed for the release of more records, which could shed light on a crime that has revived the national debate over gun control and could change the way guns are regulated.

News media advocates say the records should be unsealed, arguing the public has a right to see such records, which include what was found in the house and car. They say records may be sealed only when an investigation would be hurt by disclosure.

“There seems to be absolutely no reason that they would need to. It’s not going to jeopardize the case in any way,” said Linda Petersen, chairwoman of the Freedom of Information Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists.”

 

Stolen Yacht Washes Ashore, Three Suspects Arrested [Video]

 

Three Arrested

 

” A stolen yacht washed ashore in California on Monday leading to the arrest of three individuals on board, according to authorities.

Two males and one female, suspected of stealing the yacht, were stuck inside when it became trapped in shallow waters near Pacifica State Beach in Sausalito. Initially refusing rescue, the alleged thieves were eventually brought ashore and taken into police custody.

According to The Associated Press, the 82-foot vessel known as Darling was taken from Sausalito Yacht Harbor at approximately 1:30 am on Monday.”

 

 

 

Inside North Korea

24 Photos

” Associated Press photographer David Guttenfelder is in North Korea and has been documenting scenes around the country that offer a glimpse into a largely unseen side of North Korea, capturing images of daily life that are at times quirky, at other times haunting.”

 

North Korean soldiers ride an escalator past a model of their country's Unha Rocket as they enter an exhibition in Pyongyang on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 where Kimjongilia flowers, named after the late No

North Korean soldiers ride an escalator past a model of their country’s Unha Rocket as they enter an exhibition in Pyongyang on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 where Kimjongilia flowers, named after the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, were on display. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

 

 

 

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CHRISTOPHER DORNER BODY IDENTIFIED THROUGH DENTAL RECORDS

 

 

” Christopher Dorner is dead … officially … now that officials say they have POSITIVELY identified the killer’s remains.

The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Dept. released a statement saying, “The charred human remains located in the burned out cabin in Seven Oaks have been positively identified to be that of Christopher Dorner.” ”

Update: Cabin Where Ex-cop Believed Barricaded On Fire

 

 California Manhunt: In this image taken from video provided by KABC-TV, the cabin in Big Bear, Calif. where ex-Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner is believed to be barricaded inside is in flames Tuesday. IMAGE

 

” BIG BEAR, Calif. — A cabin where a fugitive ex-Los Angeles police officer was believed to have barricaded himself was burning late Tuesday afternoon and a source told The Associated Press that no one had emerged from the building.

A man believed to be Christopher Dorner, who is sought in three killings, had fled to the cabin after a furious gunbattle with police in the snow-covered mountains of Southern California, authorities said. Two officers were injured in the gunfight, and one of them later died.

It was unclear how the fire started. CNN reported that tear gas was fired into the cabin.

As it burned, Cindy Bachman, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, told reporters that law enforcement officers had the building surrounded.

“We are planning on a long night,” Bachman said. “It’s an active crime scene. If this is Christopher Dorner, he is wanted for the murder of four people and the attempted murder of three others.” “

 

Three Dead in Delaware Courthouse Shooting in Wilmington

 

 

 

“Five people were shot in the incident, state police Sergeant Paul G. Shavack said today in an interview. Police said it was unclear whether the two victims, both women, were shot by the assailant or by police. One of the women, the wife of the assailant according to the Associated Press, was there to attend a custody hearing, county official David Grimaldi said.

The shooter walked into the courthouse lobby and was confronted by police, sparking the exchange of gunfire, police said. The incident stemmed from a domestic dispute involving the gunman and his wife, said a person with direct knowledge of the matter who asked not to be identified.”

 

 

 

3 Dead, Including Gunman, After Shooting Inside Delaware Courthouse

Delaware Courthouse Shooting

 

 

NY Poised to Pass First Gun Bill Since Sandy Hook Shooting

” A key New York Senate leader and the Assembly speaker said they expect the state Legislature to vote Monday to enact what would be the nation’s first gun control measure following last month’s Connecticut school shooting.

“I think when all is said and done, we are going to pass a comprehensive gun bill today,” Sen. Jeffrey Klein told reporters Monday morning. “I’m very excited about it. I am very confident we are going to vote on a comprehensive bill that will be agreed on by the governor, the Senate and Assembly.”

People familiar with closed-door negotiations told The Associated Press a tentative deal was struck over the weekend.

The tentative agreement would further restrict New York’s ban on assault weapons, limit the size of magazines to seven bullets, down from the current 10, and enact more stringent background checks for sales. Other elements, pushed by Republicans, would refine a mental health law to make it easier to confine people determined to be a threat to themselves or others.
Senate Republicans also have included a further crackdown on illegal gun trafficking into New York, the people said. Most New York City gun crimes involve weapons illegally brought into the state, state and city officials say. “
  With the murder rates in NY state at the lowest point in FIFTY years , it is all of a sudden imperative that draconian new laws be passed on the basis of knee-jerk emotionalism ? This should tell any thinking individual exactly how much this new ” policy ” is really about ” public safety ” . 
  If you look at the table below you will see that from a peak of 2605 murders in the state in 1990 , with a slight one year rise here or there the rate of killings has been steadily downward to a point where in 2011 , the last full year of complete records available , the total number of murders was 774 , a decrease of two thirds in the past thirty years . 
New York Crime Rates 1960 – 2011
Year Population Index Violent Property Murder Rape Robbery assault Burglary Theft Theft
1965  18,073,000  554,050  58,802  495,248  836  2,320  28,182  27,464  183,443  253,353  58,452 
1966 18,258,000 609,465 62,561 546,904 882 2,439 30,098 29,142 196,127 286,409 64,368
1967 18,336,000 692,528 75,124 617,404 996 2,665 40,202 31,261 219,157 314,472 83,775
1968 18,113,000 829,453 98,515 730,938 1,185 2,527 59,857 34,946 250,918 375,143 104,877
1969 18,321,000 837,210 105,870 731,340 1,324 2,902 64,754 36,890 248,477 367,463 115,400
1970 18,190,740 904,314 124,613 779,701 1,444 2,875 81,149 39,145 267,474 386,553 125,674
1971 18,391,000 935,022 145,048 789,974 1,823 3,225 97,682 42,318 273,704 388,612 127,658
1972 18,366,000 804,605 138,542 666,063 2,026 4,199 86,391 45,926 239,886 321,096 105,081
1973 18,265,000 814,349 135,468 678,881 2,040 4,852 80,795 47,781 246,246 320,307 112,328
1974 18,111,000 911,703 145,427 766,276 1,919 5,240 86,814 51,454 271,824 390,357 104,095
1975 18,120,000 1,021,197 155,187 866,010 1,996 5,099 93,499 54,593 301,996 447,740 116,274
1976 18,084,000 1,125,739 156,988 968,751 1,969 4,663 95,718 54,638 318,919 516,328 133,504
1977 17,924,000 1,091,144 149,087 942,057 1,919 5,272 84,703 57,193 309,735 498,653 133,669
1978 17,748,000 1,027,993 149,257 878,736 1,820 5,168 83,785 58,484 292,956 466,516 119,264
1979 17,649,000 1,095,140 161,906 933,234 2,092 5,394 93,471 60,949 308,302 500,589 124,343
1980 17,506,690 1,209,984 180,235 1,029,749 2,228 5,405 112,273 60,329 360,925 535,783 133,041
1981 17,594,000 1,214,935 188,178 1,026,757 2,166 5,479 120,344 60,189 350,422 539,486 136,849
1982 17,659,000 1,142,202 174,833 967,369 2,013 5,159 107,843 59,818 295,245 534,244 137,880
1983 17,667,000 1,042,811 161,489 881,322 1,958 5,296 94,783 59,452 249,115 504,346 127,861
1984 17,735,000 989,126 162,157 826,969 1,786 5,599 89,900 64,872 222,956 488,621 115,392
1985 17,783,000 993,811 165,365 828,446 1,683 5,706 89,706 68,270 219,633 502,276 106,537
1986 17,772,000 1,025,037 175,210 849,827 1,907 5,415 91,360 76,528 217,010 519,570 113,247
1987 17,825,000 1,061,021 179,691 881,330 2,016 5,537 89,721 82,417 216,826 539,175 125,329
1988 17,898,000 1,129,241 196,396 932,845 2,244 5,479 97,434 91,239 218,060 560,887 153,898
1989 17,950,000 1,129,638 203,042 926,596 2,246 5,242 103,983 91,571 211,130 544,459 171,007
1990  17,990,455  1,144,874  212,458  932,416 2,605  5,368  112,380  92,105 208,813  536,012 187,591
1991 18,058,000 1,127,651 210,184 917,467 2,571 5,085 112,342 90,186 204,499 531,681 181,287
1992 18,119,000 1,061,489 203,311 858,178 2,397 5,152 108,154 87,608 193,548 495,708 168,922
1993 18,197,000 1,010,176 195,352 814,824 2,420 5,008 102,122 85,802 181,709 481,166 151,949
1994 18,169,000 921,278 175,433 745,845 2,016 4,700 86,617 82,100 164,650 452,322 128,873
1995 18,136,000 827,025 152,683 674,342 1,550 4,290 72,492 74,351 146,562 425,184 102,596
1996 18,185,000 751,456 132,206 619,250 1,353 4,174 61,822 64,857 129,828 399,522 89,900
1997 18,137,000 709,328 124,890 584,438 1,093 4,075 56,094 63,628 118,306 386,435 79,697
1998 18,175,000 652,202 115,915 536,287 924 3,843 49,125 62,023 104,821 363,295 68,171
1999 18,196,601 596,743 107,147 489,596 903 3,563 43,821 58,860 93,217 338,118 58,261
2000 18,976,457 588,189 124,890 483,078 952 3,530 40,539 60,090 87,946 340,901 54,231
2001 19,084,350 556,025 98,022 458,003 960 3,546 36,555 56,961 80,400 329,316 48,287
2002 19,134,293 537,121 95,030 442,091 909 3,885 36,653 53,583 76,700 318,025 47,366
2003 19,212,425 521,565 89,486 432,079 934 3,775 35,790 48,987 75,453 311,422 45,204
2004 19,280,727 507,648 84,914 422,734 889 3,608 33,506 46,911 70,696 311,036 41,002
2005 19,315,721 491,829 85,839 405,990 874 3,636 35,179 46,150 68,034 302,220 35,736
2006 19,306,183 482,270 83,966 396,304 921 3,169 34,489 45,387 68,565 295,605 32,134
2007 19,297,729 461,731 79,915 381,816 801 2,926 31,094 45,094 64,857 288,929 28,030
2008 19,467,789 466,131 77,546 388,585 836 2,799 31,789 42,122 65,537 297,952 25,096
2009 19,541,453 452,647 75,110 377,537 781 2,582 28,141 43,606 62,769 292,897 21,871
2010 19,395,206 456,202 76,492 379,710 868 2,797 28,630 44,197 65,839 293,232 20,639
2011 19,465,197 449,745 77,490 372,255 774 2,752 28,396 45,568 65,397 287,547 19,311

 

   Having already established the FACT that crime in general , and murder in particular have been steadily declining throughout the state for the past three decades one might say , that’s all well and good but , since crime rates nationally have been in a similar decline , maybe NY state hasn’t done as well as it could and thus we need new laws . The next table should disabuse one of that notion fairly quickly . 

US States Crime 2004 -2006 Crimes per 100,000 and Ranking

” The table below provides the rank of each State’s reported rate of crime as compared to the 50 States and the District of Columbia.  1 = the highest reported crime rate and 51 = the lowest. Going from one year to the next a higher number means, that compared to other States, the relative crime rate is increasing and a lower number means that the relative level of crime is decreasing.  The Index category represents the total number of crimes, and since most crimes involve property crime it is weighted towards these types of crime.  “

State Year Population  Index  Violent  Property  Murder  Forcible Rape  Robbery  Aggravated assault  Burglary  Larceny- Theft  Vehicle Theft
New York 2008 3 47 25 49 27 50 11 26 48 49 46
New York  2007 3 48 25 48 29 50 11 25 49 48 46
New York  2006 3 47 23 48 27 50 9 25 48 48 44
New York  2005 3 46 22 48 29 49 5 25 48 47 45

  While New York possesses the third largest population in the country it consistently ranks between 46-48 on the crime index . That means that 45-47 states have a higher crime rate than this state . Half the states have higher murder rates , yet ” We Must Do Something Now ” .  

  This is all just one more nail in the coffin of our freedoms . Get mad people . Get mad and channel that anger . Get involved , write letters , volunteer , donate time or money , educate your children , just do something . 

  One last table , Lest anyone think that the raw total numbers might be misleading here are the index numbers per 100,000 people . Again they show a current crime rate in the state of New York at levels unseen for nearly fifty years and that with a population increase of nearly one and a half million . Show us the crisis Mr Governor . 

Forcible Aggravated Larceny- Vehicle
Year Population Index Violent Property Murder Rape Robbery assault Burglary Theft Theft
1965  18,073,000  3,065.6  325.4  2,740.3  4.6  12.8  155.9  152.0  1,015.0  1,401.8  323.4 
1966 18,258,000 3,338.1 342.6 2,995.4 4.8 13.4 164.8 159.6 1,074.2 1,568.7 352.5
1967 18,336,000 3,776.9 409.7 3,367.2 5.4 14.5 219.3 170.5 1,195.2 1,715.1 456.9
1968 18,113,000 4,579.3 543.9 4,035.4 6.5 14.0 330.5 192.9 1,385.3 2,071.1 579.0
1969 18,321,000 4,569.7 577.9 3,991.8 7.2 15.8 353.4 201.4 1,356.2 2,005.7 629.9
1970 18,190,740 4,971.3 685.0 4,286.3 7.9 15.8 446.1 215.2 1,470.4 2,125.0 690.9
1971 18,391,000 5,084.1 788.7 4,295.4 9.9 17.5 531.1 230.1 1,488.2 2,113.1 694.1
1972 18,366,000 4,380.9 754.3 3,626.6 11.0 22.9 470.4 250.1 1,306.1 1,748.3 572.1
1973 18,265,000 4,458.5 741.7 3,716.8 11.2 26.6 442.3 261.6 1,348.2 1,753.7 615.0
1974 18,111,000 5,034.0 803.0 4,231.0 10.6 28.9 479.3 284.1 1,500.9 2,155.4 574.8
1975 18,120,000 5,635.7 856.4 4,779.3 11.0 28.1 516.0 301.3 1,666.6 2,471.0 641.7
1976 18,084,000 6,225.1 868.1 5,357.0 10.9 25.8 529.3 302.1 1,763.5 2,855.2 738.2
1977 17,924,000 6,087.6 831.8 5,255.8 10.7 29.4 472.6 319.1 1,728.0 2,782.0 745.8
1978 17,748,000 5,792.2 841.0 4,951.2 10.3 29.1 472.1 329.5 1,650.6 2,628.6 672.0
1979 17,649,000 6,205.1 917.4 5,287.7 11.9 30.6 529.6 345.3 1,746.9 2,836.4 704.5
1980 17,506,690 6,911.6 1,029.5 5,882.0 12.7 30.9 641.3 344.6 2,061.6 3,060.4 759.9
1981 17,594,000 6,905.4 1,069.6 5,835.8 12.3 31.1 684.0 342.1 1,991.7 3,066.3 777.8
1982 17,659,000 6,468.1 990.1 5,478.1 11.4 29.2 610.7 338.7 1,671.9 3,025.3 780.8
1983 17,667,000 5,902.6 914.1 4,988.5 11.1 30.0 536.5 336.5 1,410.1 2,854.7 723.7
1984 17,735,000 5,577.3 914.3 4,662.9 10.1 31.6 506.9 365.8 1,257.2 2,755.1 650.6
1985 17,783,000 5,588.5 929.9 4,658.6 9.5 32.1 504.4 383.9 1,235.1 2,824.5 599.1
1986 17,772,000 5,767.7 985.9 4,781.8 10.7 30.5 514.1 430.6 1,221.1 2,923.5 637.2
1987 17,825,000 5,952.4 1,008.1 4,944.3 11.3 31.1 503.3 462.4 1,216.4 3,024.8 703.1
1988 17,898,000 6,309.3 1,097.3 5,212.0 12.5 30.6 544.4 509.8 1,218.3 3,133.8 859.9
1989 17,950,000 6,293.2 1,131.2 5,162.1 12.5 29.2 579.3 510.1 1,176.2 3,033.2 952.7
1990  17,990,455  6,363.8  1,180.9  5,182.8  14.5  29.8  624.7  512.0  1,160.7  2,979.4  1,042.7
1991 18,058,000 6,244.6 1,163.9 5,080.7 14.2 28.2 622.1 499.4 1,132.5 2,944.3 1,003.9
1992 18,119,000 5,858.4 1,122.1 4,736.3 13.2 28.4 596.9 483.5 1,068.2 2,735.8 932.3
1993 18,197,000 5,551.3 1,073.5 4,477.8 13.3 27.5 561.2 471.5 998.6 2,644.2 835.0
1994 18,169,000 5,070.6 965.6 4,105.0 11.1 25.9 476.7 451.9 906.2 2,489.5 709.3
1995 18,136,000 4,560.1 841.9 3,718.3 8.5 23.7 399.7 410.0 808.1 2,344.4 565.7
1996 18,185,000 4,132.3 727.0 3,405.3 7.4 23.0 340.0 356.7 713.9 2,197.0 494.4
1997 18,137,000 3,910.9 688.6 3,222.4 6.0 22.5 309.3 350.8 652.3 2,130.6 439.4
1998 18,175,000 3,588.5 637.8 2,950.7 5.1 21.1 270.3 341.3 576.7 1,998.9 375.1
1999 18,196,601 3,279.4 588.8 2,690.6 5.0 19.6 240.8 323.5 512.3 1,858.1 320.2
2000 18,976,457 3,099.6 553.9 2,545.7 5.0 18.6 213.6 316.7 463.4 1,796.4 285.8
2001 19,084,350 2,913.5 513.6 2,399.9 5.0 18.6 191.5 298.5 421.3 1,725.6 253.0
2002 19,134,293 2,807.1 496.6 2,310.5 4.8 20.3 191.6 280.0 400.9 1,662.1 247.5
2003 19,212,425 2,714.8 465.8 2,249.0 4.9 19.6 186.3 255.0 392.7 1,620.9 235.3
2004 19,280,727 2,632.9 440.4 2,192.5 4.6 18.7 173.8 243.3 366.7 1,613.2 212.7
2005 19,315,721 2,554.3 444.4 2,101.9 4.5 18.8 182.1 238.9 352.2 1,564.6 185.0
2006 19,306,183 2,487.6 434.9 2,052.7 4.8 16.4 178.6 235.1 355.1 1,531.1 166.4
2007 19,297,729 2,392.7 414.1 1,978.6 4.2 15.2 161.1 233.7 336.1 1,497.2 145.3
2008 19,467,789 2,394.3 398.3 1,996.0 4.3 14.4 163.0 216.4 336.6 1,530.5 128.9
2009 19,541,453 2,316.4 384.4 1,932.0 4.0 13.2 144.0 223.1 321.2 1,498.8 111.9
2010 19,395,206 2,352.2 394.4 1,957.8 4.5 14.4 147.6 227.9 339.5 1,511.9 106.4
2011 19,465,197 2,310.5 398.1 1,912.4 4.0 14.1 145.9 234.1 336.0 1,477.2  99.2
New York Crime Index Rates Per 100,000 Inhabitants

 

Statistics courtesy of The Disaster Center

John Brennan To Be Nominated To Head CIA

” Mr Brennan, a 25-year CIA veteran, is expected to be announced by the White House later today.

An Obama administration official told the Associated Press that the president will also formally announce that he is nominating Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary. Both men must be confirmed by the Senate.

Mr Obama considered Mr Brennan for the top CIA job in 2008. But Mr Brennan withdrew his name amid questions about his connection to enhanced interrogation techniques while serving in the spy agency during the George W. Bush administration.

Mr Brennan denied involvement in the controversial interrogation tactics, including waterboarding, and has spoken out against them.

The CIA’s top job is vacant after David Petraeus resigned in the wake of a sex scandal. An FBI investigation uncovered that Mr Petraeus, a former four star general, was having an extramartial affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell. ”

 

 

*Editors Note : We have no problem with enhanced interrogation per se . We merely point out the hypocrisy of the left in condemning the Bush administration while turning a blind eye to whatever the Obama administration does .

 

 

Push to Arm School Teachers Gains Traction Around Country (VIDEO)

 

 

 

” The NRA’s plan to arm teachers as a way to prevent future mass shootings is taking hold in some states around the country thanks to a little help from local gun rights organizations.

In Ohio, Jim Irvine – the president of the Buckeye Firearms Foundation – is giving away 24 free passes to his $1000 ‘Armed Teacher Training Program.’  So far, he’s received over 400 applications for the three-day tactical defense course being held this spring.

“What better use for an educational foundation than to help educators protect our children,” Irvine told the Associated Press.

Under state law, a law-abiding citizen with a valid concealed carry permit can bring a firearm on school grounds if he/she has the school district’s permission.  Irvine suspects that more districts will be coming around to the idea of arming teachers, faculty and staff in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. “

Afghan Policewoman Kills US Military Adviser In First ‘green on blue’ Attack By Female

 

 

 

” An Afghan policewoman has killed an American adviser at Kabul’s police headquarters today.

The killing could be the latest insider attack by a member of the Afghan security forces against their foriegn allies, and the first committed by a woman.

The attack came just hours after an Afghan policeman shot dead five of his fellow officers at a checkpoint in northern Afghanistan. “

ELECTION OVER, ADMINISTRATION UNLEASHES NEW RULES

 

 

 

 

 

” WASHINGTON (AP) — While the “fiscal cliff” of looming tax increases and spending cuts dominates political conversation in Washington, some Republicans and business groups see signs of a “regulatory cliff” that they say could be just as damaging to the economy.

For months, federal agencies and the White House have sidetracked dozens of major regulations that cover everything from power plant pollution to workplace safety to a crackdown on Wall Street.

The rules had been largely put on hold during the presidential campaign as the White House sought to quiet Republican charges that President Barack Obama was an overzealous regulator who is killing U.S. jobs.

But since the election, the Obama administration has quietly reopened the regulations pipeline.”

 

 

Illustration By Steve Rustad

Photo Essay — Detailing Some Of Detroit’s Diverse Neighborhoods

 

 

A Dora the Explorer doll morbidly hangs from  a basketball hoop in Brush Park

 

 

 ” However, unlike New York, the look within the neighborhood has its own differences too. There aren’t too many neighborhoods in the world where you can find a block in complete ruin, and a thriving artists’ scene two blocks over. There aren’t too many neighborhoods where you can find utter disregard for community in one area, and signs of the exact opposite in another.

 But, Detroit is different. It is a city filled with opposites.”

 

Get the Powerball Jackpot Winning Numbers Here

 

 ” Americans around the country have waited around their televisions, tickets in hand. People have flocked to the internet to check their tickets. Facebook fan pages have postedimages of their tickets as marketing ploys. Finally, the numbers have come out. Wednesday night’s winning Powerballnumbers are 5, 16, 22, 23, 29, and 6.

The jackpot of $550 million has had people standing in lines for hours to purchase tickets. Everywhere people go, they talk about what they would do if they won the jackpot. $550 million would completely change any person’s life.

Powerball has not announced whether someone has actually won the Wednesday night drawing, or if they had there are too many people on the website to get the answers. The site is overloaded and down.”

Finally . A Reporter Shows Some Spine

 ” Associated Press reporter Matt Lee pressed State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland at Monday’s briefing to comment on Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s assertion that “Israel is a terrorist state” and is carrying out a “massacre of children” in Gaza. “

BREAKING: The President Knew The Truth About Benghazi

 

 

” In a blockbuster report, John Solomon, the former Associated Press and Post reporter, has ferreted out the president’s daily brief that informed him within 72 hours of the Sept. 11 attack that the Benghazi attack was a jihadist operation.

Citing officials directly familiar with the information, Solomon writes in the Washington Guardian that Obama and other administration officials were told that “that the attack was likely carried out by local militia and other armed extremists sympathetic to al-Qaida in the region.”

He adds:

The details from the CIA and Pentagon assessments of the killing of Ambassador Chris [Stevens] were far more specific, more detailed and more current than the unclassified talking points that UN Ambassador Susan Rice and other officials used five days after the attack to suggest to Americans that an unruly mob angry over an anti-Islamic video was to blame, officials said. “