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Trump Admin Reverses Obama Policy Banning Sale Of Military Gear To Local & State Cops

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The Trump administration has reversed an executive order issued by former President Barack Obama banning the sale of military equipment to local and state police departments.

USA Today is reporting on a speech given by Attorney General Jeff Sessions at The Fraternal Order Of Police’s annual meeting where he first announced the change.

According to USA Today, Obama’s previous ban prevented law enforcement from purchasing “armored vehicles, large-caliber weapons, ammunition and other heavy equipment.”

Now, it seems like all that gear is about to be back on the table for our police.

According to remarks from Jeff Sessions, the program recycles billions of dollars worth of taxpayer-purchased gear and equipment:

Some of these programs, like the Department of Defense’s 1033 program that Congress signed into law more than 25 years ago, have recycled more than $5.4 billion in used gear and equipment that taxpayers had already purchased, and made it available for your agencies to repurpose it in the fight against terrorism, crime, and disaster relief. Equipment like helicopters and armored vehicles are also vitally important to emergency and disaster response efforts.

Sessions talks about how the Obama administration’s rules went too far, making police less safe while they try to do their jobs…

One sheriff told me earlier this year about how, due to the prior administration’s restrictions, the federal government made his department return an armored vehicle that can change the dynamics of an active shooter situation. These are the types of helmets and gear that stopped a bullet and saved the life of an officer during the Orlando nightclub shooting. This is the type of equipment officers needed when they pursued and ultimately killed terrorists in San Bernardino. Studies have shown this equipment reduces crime rates, reduces the number of assaults against police officers, and reduces the number of complaints against police officers.

Sessions said that won’t be the case much longer, stating that President Trump will be signing an executive order today to protect our police:

Those restrictions went too far. We will not put superficial concerns above public safety. All you need to do is turn on a tv right now to see that for Houstonians this isn’t about appearances, its about getting the job done and getting everyone to safety.

The executive order the President will sign today will ensure that you can get the lifesaving gear that you need to do your job and send a strong message that we will not allow criminal activity, violence, and lawlessness to become the new normal. And we will save taxpayer money in the meantime.

Sessions also touched on the divisive attitudes that got us where we are:

But some would undermine this support by portraying law enforcement officers as the enemy. Instead of recognizing that the Justice Department vigorously prosecutes officers in the cases when they violate the civil rights of our citizens, they choose to slander all of the honorable men and women in law enforcement who serve every day with professionalism, integrity, and selflessness.

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Leftist Hero Valerie Plame-Wilson Apologizes For Promoting Article Blaming Jews For America’s Problems

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Earlier today, obscure left-wing starlet, Valerie Plame-Wilson, retweeted a bizarre anti-semitic article from Philip Giraldi at UNZ.com, which suggested that Jewish media personalities should be identified whenever they are making comments on TV — like a warning label on a bottle of rat poison — so that the public can be aware of their dangerous ulterior motives of promoting Zionism.

In case you’re suffering from “Gosh-that-name-sounds-familiar” syndrome let’s review a bit about Mrs. Plame-Wilson.

Valerie Plame-Wilson was once a relatively unremarkable CIA analyst who had been thrust into Left-wing stardom after her cover was blown by a Washington Post article by Robert Novak in 2004. The Left quickly blamed the Bush Administration for leaking her name as retribution for her husband, Joe Wilson’s, New York Times op ed piece in which he claimed to have debunked Bush’s assertion that Iraq had been seeking “yellow-cake” uranium from Niger and therefore the whole Iraq war was based on a lie.

Of course Joe Wilson’s story was later itself debunked as Bush had based his statement on British intelligence (which the British still stand by). But in the aftermath, Plame-Wilson and her husband found fame and fortune and lucrative book deals and movies.

These days, Plame-Wilson is desperately trying to keep herself relevant. She has a website and a Twitter account in which she loves to opine on any number of left-wing causes.

Which brings us to her current fifteen minutes of fame.

When she was quickly criticized for today’s tweet, she defended it by tweeting that “re-tweeting doesn’t mean endorsement.”

She then tweeted a few more tweets defending the basic argument of the article itself: that wealthy and well-connected American Jews are pushing political policies that will get the U.S. into a War with Iran.

“Put aside your biases and think clearly,” she lectured in one tweet.

But then reality set in and two hours later, she tweeted an apology, saying she had “missed the gross undercurrents to this article” and didn’t do her “homework on the platform this piece came from.”

She also tweeted that there was “so much there that’s problematic” (in the UNZ article) and that her mistake was “a doozy” and that she had merely “skimmed” the article and “zeroed in on the neocon criticism and shared it without seeing and considering the rest.”

But the Washington Examiner points out that Plame’s claim to have been unfamiliar with the platform of the article—that is UNZ.com—seems a little disingenuous since she has re-tweeted several articles from them over the past few years.

Articles, for example, about Israelis dancing for joy on 9/11 and articles titled “Why I Still Dislike Israel.”

She must have missed the undercurrents on those articles as well.

If this is the quality of research and discernment Mrs. Plame-Wilson is only capable of, we should all thank God that she’s no longer working in the CIA.

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UNZ
The Washington Examiner

 

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Bombshell: Imran Awan Allegedly Threatened, Abused At Least 3 Women

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In an article posted by The Daily Caller yesterday, the news site linked to Fairfax County Police reports obtained under Virginia’s freedom of information act. The reports indicate a number of disturbing details about Imran Awan, the recently indicted former IT aid for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

At least three woman are officially are listed in the reports as having alleged physical abuse by Awan. The first alleged victim stated “I just wanted to leave.”

The second indicated she felt like a “slave.”

“The third woman is Awan’s stepmother, Samina Gilani, who said in court documents that Awan invoked his authority as a congressional employee to intimidate immigrant women, in part by telling them he had the power to have people kidnapped,” The Daily Caller reports.

Here is the investigation report from the FCPD. The Daily Caller continued “Neither of the other two women who complained are married to Awan, though both were apparently in relationships with him. Awan’s wife, Hina Alvi, worked as an IT aide for dozens of members of Congress, including Wasserman Schultz. The two women who called the police both lived in the same Alexandria, Va., complex but in different apartments for which Imran paid.”

The second reported incident took place in July of 2016.

This report has the victim listed as a female named Samara Sidique. In the narrative the responding investigator stated that Ms. Sidique reported that she felt “like a slave to this man.”

Sidique also requested information on how to obtain a restraining order against Awan.

Police had responded to altercations between Sidique and Awan reportedly three times in less than 12 months, once finding “small cut[s] on stomach and arm.”

The third incident was reported in this court document and congruent third police report filed in April of 2017 Gilani Samina,

“Imran Awan showed up and threatened me for calling the police. Mr. Shahid Imran Awan threatened that he is very powerful and if I ever call the police [he] will do harm to me and my family members back in Pakistan and one of my cousins here in Baltimore.”

Given the current legal trouble for Imran Awan and the scandals within the DNC, the situation doesn’t look good at all for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

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8-Year-Old Football Players From St. Louis Kneel For The National Anthem

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While it’s easy to dismiss unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick as a washed-up never-was that is seriously detached from reality, there’s more than meets the eye.

Kaepernick has succeeded in becoming a Leftist darling by starting the trend of disrespecting the National Anthem for unclear reasons. The mainstream media has lapped up his actions like a dehydrated camel that comes across a body of water, and the end result has been a warped interpretation that he’s some kind of hero.

That too is also easy to dismiss as just the viewpoint of deranged Leftists, but the unfortunate reality is that Kaepernick and his fawning coverage have an effect on impressionable young minds. While it’s ultimately on the kids parents to set them straight, sometimes the parents don’t see it that way.

As such, Johnny and Jennifer are allowed to express themselves as they see fit, and there are other adults out there that encourage them to do so. We have another disturbing example of that, courtesy of this youth football coach from suburban St. Louis.

Orlando Gooden coaches a youth football team comprised of eight-year-olds. He claims that the kids came to him to talk about the riots that have happened in St. Louis. This is how he handled it.

“One of the kids asked me if I saw [people] protesting and rioting in St. Louis,” Gooden explained, according to Breitbart. “I said yes. I said, ‘Do you know why they are doing it?’”

According to Gooden, one of the kids said that it was “Because black people are getting killed and nobody’s going to jail,” Breitbart notes.

Then one of the kids suggested that they should handle it like Kaepernick would. Gooden gave his blessing, and disturbing images of the kids kneeling and disrespecting the anthem have been making the rounds.

Gooden noted that it was a “good teaching moment,” but he seems oblivious to the fact that he completely dropped the ball.

“What I teach my kids is love, integrity, honesty, fairness, respect and boundaries,” he added, according to Breitbart. “As long as I have support of my parents and team, I’m perfectly fine, and I’m covered under the First Amendment to peacefully protest and assemble.”

Perfectly fine is not a phrase that we would use to describe this youth football coach, who would be doing the rest of America a great favor by staying as far away from impressionable young minds as possible.

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Breitbart

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