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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

This shows you socialism...

Venezuela was the richest country in South America. It still has the largest proven reserves of oil in the world, at 298 million barrels. Coming in at second is Saudi Arabia, at 268 million barrels. It has multiple natural ports, a large amount of arable land and again, it was a very rich country. Until socialism took another nation hostage and did the best:
North Dakota Is Now Pumping as Much Crude as Venezuela
North Dakota’s oil production surged to a new record in July, putting the mid-western state on par with OPEC member Venezuela.

Home to the Bakken shale play, North Dakota pumped 1.27 million barrels a day in July, according to state figures released Friday. That’s roughly the same output as Venezuela during the month. The South American nation, whose oil industry has collapsed amid a prolonged financial crisis, saw production fall further in August to 1.24 million barrels a day -- about half the level seen in early 2016,s according to data from OPEC secondary sources.

Soaring output from shale formations, including the Bakken, helped the U.S. overtake Russia and Saudi Arabia to likely become the world’s biggest oil producer earlier this year, according to preliminary estimates from the Energy Information Administration. At the same time, Venezuela’s output is expected to tumble even lower, to 1 million barrels a day by the end of the year, according to the International Energy Agency.

One state of this nation is now producing more oil than the nation with the largest oil reserves on Earth. I discussed how the Bakken ranges were going hog wild in the early 2010s, and after a few slow years, is going full speed right now. And it’s not like they will run out anytime soon:
“…In 1954, Shell found oil in South Dakota's Harding County. By then, though, the momentum had moved north to the proven reserves in North Dakota, which is home to the Bakken formation. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates the Bakken contains more than 3 billion barrels of recoverable oil….”
So another formly prosperous nation is starving thanks to socialsm. Well, not everyone is starving


President Nicolás Maduro was seen dining with his wife on Monday at an Istanbul branch of Nusr Et, the international chain of restaurants owned by the Turkish chef Nusret Gokce, also known as "Salt Bae."

Maduro was in Istanbul for a stop-off on his way from China, where he went to ask for more loans for his economically stricken country.


Recent polls of Venezuelans show that many struggle to afford food, and the country often sees mass protests because of the economic hardship. The government has advised Venezuelans to breed rabbits for food as a way to beat their hunger...With oil at a five year high, Venezuela cannot feed itself. Well, some get fed. As my friend Darren at RotLC said, "In free countries, the powerful become rich. In socialist  countries, the powerful become rich."

As Orwell said, “Some pigs are more equal than others.”

Monday, September 17, 2018

Officer Down


Police Officer Jarrod Kyle Friddle
Cumby Police Department, Texas
End of Watch Monday, July 9, 2018
Age 40
Tour 5 years
Badge 104

Police Officer Jarrod Friddle suffered a fatal heart attack following canine training in a bite suit.

Once the training finished, Officer Friddle returned home where he collapsed.

Officer Friddle is survived by his wife, five children, and his mother.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

A look at Cyber War tactics...

I’ve read many articles on cyber warfare, and a good hunk of my master’s degree was the cyber threat of China. I disagree with the concept of a Geneva Convention for cyber warfare, if only for the fact many of the combatants are not necessarily nation states, but individuals and groups, businesses, and organized crime. Brings back a great memory from the movie Red Dawn (The real movie, not that POS from 2012), as the group is about to execute a Soviet soldier and a traitor:

Stepan Gorsky: This violates the Geneva convention.


Jed Eckert: I never heard of it!


But knowing there is a growing threat against us from cyber attack, the issues raised are very legitimate, From this month’s Foreign Policy Magazine.
In Cyberwar, There are No Rules
Why the world desperately needs digital Geneva Conventions.

Tarah Wheeler September 12, 2018

In 1984, a science fiction movie starring an up-and-coming Austrian-American actor took the box office by storm. A cybernetic organism is sent back in time to seek out and kill the mother of a great war hero to prevent his subsequent birth. The cyborg scans a phone book page and begins methodically killing all women named Sarah Connor in the Los Angeles area, starting at the top of the list.

If The Terminator were set in today’s world, the movie would have ended after four and a half minutes. The correct Sarah Connor would have been identified with nothing but a last name and a zip code—information leaked last year in the massive Equifax data breach. The war against the machines would have been over before it started, and no one would have ever noticed. The most frightening thing about cyberwarfare is just how specifically targeted it can be: An enemy can leap national boundaries to strike at a single person, a class of people, or a geographic area.

Nor would a cyborg be necessary today. According to U.S. census data, there are currently 87 people in the United States named Sarah Connor. Many of them probably drive cellular-enabled cars that run outdated firmware, use public unencrypted Wi-Fi, and visit doctors who keep unsecured health care records about patient allergies and current medications on computers running the infamously outdated and vulnerable Windows XP operating system.

So far, the U.S. government has fumbled on cybersecurity, outsourcing much of that area of conflict to the private sector in accordance with the Trump administration’s most recent National Security Strategy—leaving the country exposed to foreign attack.

These days, warfare is conducted on land, by sea, in the air, across space, and now in the fifth battleground: cyberspace. Yet so far, the U.S. government has fumbled on cybersecurity, outsourcing much of that area of conflict to the private sector in accordance with the Trump administration’s most recent National Security Strategy—leaving the country exposed to foreign attack.

Those third parties operate under exactly the same incentives as any pharmaceutical company. If a company’s service is the treatment of symptoms, preventive medicine is a threat to its business model. Meanwhile, pundits, policymakers, and publishers take as gospel what they’re told by so-called cybersecurity experts who have more social media followers than relevant credentials in the field, which is how hysterical “The Hackers Are Coming for Us” editorials find their way into otherwise respectable publications.

Increased fear, uncertainty, and doubt surrounding cybersecurity have led to a world where we cannot tell what has and hasn’t happened. The nature of cyberwarfare is that it is asymmetric. Single combatants can find and exploit small holes in the massive defenses of countries and country-sized companies. It won’t be cutting-edge cyberattacks that cause the much-feared cyber-Pearl Harbor in the United States or elsewhere. Instead, it will likely be mundane strikes against industrial control systems, transportation networks, and health care providers—because their infrastructure is out of date, poorly maintained, ill-understood, and often unpatchable. Worse will be the invisible manipulation of public opinion and election outcomes using digital tools such as targeted advertising and deep fakes—recordings and videos that can realistically be made via artificial intelligence to sound like any world leader.

The great challenge for military and cybersecurity professionals is that incoming attacks are not predictable, and current strategies for prevention tend to share the flawed assumption that the rules of conventional war extend to cyberspace as well. Cyberwarfare does have rules, but they’re not the ones we’re used to—and a sense of fair play isn’t one of them. Moreover, these rules are not intuitive to generals versed in fighting conventional wars.

That’s a problem because cyberwar won’t be waged with the informed participation of much of the U.S. technology sector, as the recent revolts at Google over AI contracts with the U.S. Defense Department and at Microsoft over office software contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement demonstrate. That leaves only governments and properly incentivized multinational corporations to set the rules. Neither has yet provided a workable and operational definition of what constitutes a globally recognized act of war—a vital first step in seeking to prevent such transgressions.

The closest that the U.S. military has come to such a definition is to say that “acts of significant consequence” would be examined on a case-by-case basis and could require congressional evaluation. But given how quickly a cyberattack could disable critical infrastructure, expecting Congress to react in time to answer effectively is unrealistic.

In a world where partisan politics have been weaponized, a smart misinformation campaign by a foreign state that targeted only one political party might even be welcomed by other parties so long as there was plausible deniability—and with cyberattacks, attribution is rarely certain.

There is also a serious risk of collateral damage in cyberoperations. Most militaries understand that they are responsible not only for targeting strikes so that they hit valid targets but also for civilian casualties caused by their actions. Though significant collateral damage assessment occurs prior to the United States authorizing cyberoperations, there is no international agreement requiring other powers to take the same care.

A major cyberattack against the United States in 2014 was a clear example of how civilians can bear the brunt of such operations. Almost all cybersecurity experts and the FBI believe that the Sony Pictures hack that year originated in North Korea. A hostile country hit a U.S. civilian target with the intention of destabilizing a major corporation, and it succeeded. Sony’s estimated cleanup costs were more than $100 million. The conventional warfare equivalent might look like the physical destruction of a Texas oil field or an Appalachian coal mine. If such a valuable civilian resource had been intentionally destroyed by a foreign adversary, it would be considered an act of war.

In the near future, attacks like the Sony hack will not be exceptional. There are countless vulnerabilities that could result in mass casualties, and there are no agreed norms or rules to define or punish such crimes. Consider the following examples.

The United States Is Not Ready for a Cyber-Pearl Harbor

The weekend’s massive “ransomware” attack exposed the glaring vulnerabilities in our cybersecurity readiness.

Once a week, a European aircraft manufacturer cleans all plane cockpits of Android malware. Pilots can pass malware to the plane from their smartphones when they plug them in, which the plane (while theoretically unaffected by phone-only malware) then passes it on to the next pilot with a smartphone. Planes are already covered in viruses, both virtual and microbial. In such a vulnerable environment, even an unsophisticated hack could wreak havoc. A text message sent to the phone of every in-air pilot giving them a national security warning or rerouting their planes could lead to emergency landings and widespread confusion, with more sophisticated attacks potentially leading to far more serious consequences.

Aviation is not the only vulnerable sector. The U.S. health care system is full of medical devices running ancient firmware or operating systems that simply cannot be patched or hardened against commonly known network intrusions. Small hospitals often cannot afford to replace their medical equipment on a regular schedule, and device providers may deprioritize or block security patches or upgrades in order to sell updated devices in the next round of production.

That’s a problem in an era when many surgical procedures are assisted by robots, which hospitals struggle to keep secure. The medical device industry focuses more on performance and patient health outcomes than on keeping a cyberadversary at bay. A cyberattack on hospitals using robotic surgical devices could cause them to malfunction while in use, resulting in fatal injuries. If a country or terrorist group decided to take out a sitting U.S. senator undergoing robotically assisted surgery and then covered its tracks, the perpetrator’s identity would be hard to pinpoint, and there would be no clear U.S. legal precedent for classifying the hacking of hospital equipment as an assassination or an act of war. Nor do there appear to be clear protocols for retaliation.

There are less direct potential vectors of attack, too. Recently, a cold storage facility for embryos in Cleveland failed to notice that a remotely accessible alarm on its holding tanks had been turned off, leading to the loss of more than 4,000 frozen eggs and embryos. Many operators of industrial control systems never bother to change all their default passwords or security credentials, which can leave them vulnerable to ransomware attacks, and even fewer health care officials are likely to assume that someone might deliberately shut off sensors that monitor the viability of future human life. It is difficult to determine whether the Cleveland eggs and embryos were lost due to a simple maintenance failure or deliberate tampering—but as techniques such as the freezing of eggs become more common in wealthy nations, such a simple attack could wipe out thousands of future citizens...

...Cyberattacks—some egregious, some mundane—are happening now, quietly and unnoticed by the public. Much of the confusion and fear over cybersecurity comes from the distorted publicity surrounding a few outlying events. While cybersecurity experts can’t have perfect certainty over attribution or even the existence of some attacks, we can understand the larger security landscape, in which cybersecurity is merely a banal and predictable component of national infrastructure. The risk of cyberattacks is knowable, probabilistically.

Technology and cyberspace are changing faster than countries can legislate internally and negotiate externally. Part of the problem with defining and evaluating acts of cyberwarfare against the United States is that U.S. law is unclear and unsettled when it comes to defining what constitutes an illegal cyberact as opposed to normal computer activity by information security researchers.

The legal status of most information security research in the United States therefore remains unclear, as it is governed by the poorly drafted and arbitrarily enforced 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)—a piece of legislation that was roundly derided by tech experts on its inception and has only grown more unpopular since. The law creates unnecessary fear that simple and useful information security research methods could be maliciously prosecuted.

These methods include network scanning using tools such as Nmap (a computer network discovery and mapping tool) or Shodan (a search engine for devices on the internet of things) to find unsecured points of access to systems. Such scanning does not constitute the exploitation of computer or network vulnerabilities; a real-world equivalent would be walking down a street and noting broken windows, open doors, and missing fence planks without actually trespassing on someone else’s property. One of the fastest fixes for the dismal state of federal cybersecurity expertise would be to overturn the CFAA and reward cybersecurity researchers engaged in preventive research instead of tying their hands with fears of breaking the law. Yet at present the U.S. government ham-handedly discourages many information security researchers from entering what should be a noble service.

This dynamic has left the U.S. government with critical shortfalls in top-level information security experts. The United States simply lacks a viable legislative plan for hardening its infrastructure against cyberattacks and developing much-needed cybertalent. Any strong defense against cyberattacks should follow the same principles used for basic U.S. infrastructure design: strategists plan, technicians execute, and experts examine. For example, the interstate highway system in the United States, authorized in 1956 to enable rapid military transport of troops and supplies, also had much broader civilian benefits...

...Cybersecurity should be akin to a routine vaccine, a line item in the infrastructure budget like highway maintenance. Basic cybersecurity measures—such as upgrades to encryption, testing the capability of recovery in the event of data loss, and routine audits for appropriate user access—should be built into every organizational budget. When incidents happen—and they will happen as surely as bridges collapse—they should be examined by competent auditors and incident responders with regulatory authority, just as major incidents involving airlines are handled by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

At present, however, the United States lacks an NTSB for cybersecurity. Due to the government’s lack of expertise, it is overly reliant on large companies such as EY, PwC, and Deloitte to handle this work. If the U.S. government isn’t capable of running a post-mortem on major cyberevents, citizens should be asking why—instead of letting lawmakers hand the work to contractors. Responding to major cyberattacks requires battalions of highly trained government analysts, not armies of accountants and attorneys...

Tarah Wheeler is an information security researcher and political scientist. She is a
New America cybersecurity policy fellow and senior director of data trust and threat and vulnerability management at Splunk. @tarah
Don't agree with all the points, but a very thought provoking article and it's worth the full read.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

What's going on in the World Today 180915

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USA




AFRICA

U.S. confirms deployment of armed drones in Niger

DAKAR (Reuters) - U.S. forces started deploying armed drones in the west African country of Niger earlier this year to attack Islamist militants, the U.S. military said on Monday.

Niger’s government granted American forces permission last November to arm their drones but neither side had previously confirmed their deployment. Before that, U.S. drones had only been used for surveillance.

The U.S. military presence in Niger has expanded in recent years to an 800-strong force that accompanies Nigerien troops on intelligence gathering and other missions, reflecting U.S. concerns about rising militancy in West Africa’s Sahel region.

ASIA

India, U.S.: The Two Countries Make Progress on Military Cooperation

The Indian Express reported July 26 that the Indian government has decided to sign the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) agreement with the United States. (Stratfor)

The Big Picture

In geopolitical terms, the status of the U.S.-India relationship is of critical importance because it intersects with the great power competition emerging between the United States, China and Russia. Washington wants an improved relationship with New Delhi, primarily because it will help balance against Beijing and Moscow. Right now, India is Russia's most important arms customer, and New Delhi also fosters a significant economic relationship with Beijing.

What Happened

The Indian Express reported July 26 that the government in New Delhi has agreed to sign the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) with the United States. India reportedly asked the U.S. government to send the final text of the agreement to New Delhi so that preparations can be made to sign it during an upcoming September 6 meeting. The "2+2" meeting will occur between Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and their U.S. counterparts Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis...

EUROPE

Sweden to sign $1 billion Patriot missile deal this week: report

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden will sign a contract to buy the Patriot air defense missile system from U.S. arms manufacturer Raytheon Co this week, Swedish radio reported on Wednesday.

Although it is not a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member, Sweden has close ties to the alliance and has been beefing up its armed forces after decades of neglect amid increased anxiety over Russia’s actions in Ukraine and Crimea.

Sweden, whose existing air defense system cannot shoot down ballistic missiles, will buy four Patriot firing units and an undisclosed number of missiles, Swedish radio said.

LATIN/SOUTH AMERICA

Why Chile Is Chasing Tech Over Copper

Highlights

-Chile will seek to diversify its economy away from a dependence on copper by becoming a technology hub in South America.

-Chile’s new visa system for technology workers and entrepreneurs will make the country more attractive to tech giants like Amazon, which are seeking to make large-scale investments.
-Large technology investments require massive upgrades to Chile’s power grid, but the country is likely to succeed in making such improvements in concert with other South American countries.

Copper is big business in Chile, which exports more of the metal than any other country in the world. The commodity's importance to Chile is unlikely to change anytime soon, but if Santiago has its way, something else will soon help propel the nation forward: technology. Chile's dependence on the mining sector, especially copper, has convinced the government to push forward with plans to transform the country into a tech hub in South America. And although two issues — education and electricity — stand in the way of Chile's tech dreams, even they are unlikely to obstruct the country's plans for long...

AFGHANISTAN

NOTHING SIGNIFICANT TO REPORT

CHINA

NOTHING SIGNIFICANT TO REPORT

IRAN

Iran MPs vote to remove economy minister amid financial crisis

Iran's parliament has voted to remove the economy minister from office as the country battles an economic crisis.

Masoud Karbasian was targeted by a no-confidence vote over problems in the banking system, tax regulation and his failure to fix the economy.

The move comes three weeks after Labour Minister Ali Rabiei was ousted in a similar process.

President Hassan Rouhani's government has struggled to control rising prices and the falling value of the currency.

The re-imposition of sanctions by the US after its withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal has exacerbated the crisis.

On Sunday, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused the US of launching a "psychological war against Iran and its business partners", Tasnim news agency reported.

IRAQ

NOTHING SIGNIFICANT TO REPORT

ISRAEL

Fuel and Gas Shipments to Gaza Strip Halted

What Happened: Israel will stop shipments of fuel and gas to the Gaza Strip in response to continued attacks using airborne incendiary devices, Reuters reported Aug. 1.

Why It Matters: Israel's southern front has the potential to slide into a major war, despite attempts to avoid such an outcome.

Background: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Aug. 2 that he would cancel a planned trip to Colombia, citing the situation in the south.

KOREAN PENNSULEA

Seoul Success

These young North Korean escapees are thriving in the South.

SEOUL — When waves of North Koreans began arriving in the South during a devastating famine 20 years ago, many encountered a world that might as well have been on another planet.

They had to learn to use credit cards and smartphones, to withstand the noise and the bustle and the neon lights, to hold down jobs that actually required them to show up. They had to cope with disparaging remarks or insistent queries when South Koreans heard their accents or marveled if they couldn’t use a computer.

But many of the young men and women coming out of the North today? They’re thriving.

Entrepreneurial spirit, artistic expression and a will to compete are blossoming as they move abruptly from a country dedicated to a brutally enforced totalitarian personality cult to the tumult of South Korean capitalism.

And even as they lose their northern accents and embrace southern fashions, they don’t hide their roots.

“I’m proud of the fact that I’m North Korean. It’s a big part of my identity,” said Park Su-hyang, a 27-year-old who helped found Woorion, a network that helps escapees settle in the South, one of a crop of video bloggers trying to change stereotypes.

“We often think of refugees as victims, and North Koreans, as they adjust to a very different society in South Korea, inevitably do face challenges,” said Sokeel Park, South Korea country director for Liberty in North Korea, an organization that helps escapees from the North. “But in my work with hundreds of North Koreans who have settled here, I’ve been very impressed not just with their resilience but also with their creativity and ambition and their spirit for really making the most of their lives.”

These young and determined people, activists say, will be the ones who bridge the gap between the two Koreas if the countries are reunified. They are the test lab for reunification.

Here are the stories of five young people who made the perilous escape from North Korea and have found their feet in South Korea. Their remarks have been edited for clarity...

South Korea launches its first missile-capable submarine

South Korea launched its first ever missile-capable attack submarine on Friday, despite a recent diplomatic thaw with the nuclear-armed North.

The US$700 million, 3,000-tonne Dosan Ahn Chang-ho submarine is capable of firing both cruise and ballistic missiles and the first of three planned diesel-electric boats to go into service in the next five years.

It represents a “leap forward” in the country’s defence industry, President Moon Jae-in told a launch ceremony at the Daewoo shipyard where it was designed and built...

“We have set off on a grand journey towards the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula,” Moon said. “But peace is not given gratuitously. Peace through power is the unwavering security strategy of this government.”

The new submarine is fitted with six vertical launch tubes and features indigenous sonar and combat management systems.

The 3,000-tonne diesel-electric submarine Dosan Ahn Chang-ho at its launching ceremony on the southern island of Geoje on September 14, 2018. Photo: AFP

Aside from the new vessels, South Korea has an existing fleet of 18 smaller submarines, all built with cooperation from Germany.

According to the defence ministry, the North has 70 ageing submarines and submersibles, and Yonhap news agency reported that it has also developed a new 2,500-tonne submarine fitted with a vertical launch system...


RUSSIA

Skripal suspects: 'We were just tourists in Salisbury'

"Our friends had been suggesting for a long time that we visit this wonderful town"
Two men named as suspects in the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in the UK have said they were merely tourists.

The men, named as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, told the state-run RT channel they had travelled to Salisbury on the recommendation of friends.

The UK believes the men are Russian military intelligence officers who tried to kill Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury last March.

Downing Street dismissed the interview.

"The lies and blatant fabrications in this interview given to a Russian state-sponsored TV station are an insult to the public's intelligence," Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said.

On Wednesday Russian President Vladimir Putin said "there is nothing criminal about them" and called them "civilians".

The Skripals survived being poisoned by the nerve agent Novichok, but Dawn Sturgess - a woman not connected to the Russian events - died in July having been exposed to the same substance.

What do the two Russians say?

Appearing nervous and uncomfortable, the men confirmed their names as those announced by the UK investigators - Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. "Those are our real names," they said.

RT is Russia's state-run international broadcaster, and the pair were interviewed by its chief editor, Margarita Simonyan. "Their passports match and the photos and the information from the British side shows it's these people," she said.

The men said they worked in the sports nutrition business and had travelled to London for a short holiday, fitting in a couple of day trips to Salisbury.

The British authorities released photos of the two men they suspected of carrying out the poisoning
"Our friends had been suggesting for a long time that we visit this wonderful town," Mr Petrov said...



MIDDLE EAST GENERAL

Syria: For Israel, an Iranian Withdrawal From the Border Doesn't Go Far Enough

The Big Picture

Russian and Iranian support for Syrian government forces has been vital to their success in the country's civil war, giving both countries substantial influence in Damascus. The continuing presence of Iranian forces inside its neighbor, however, has put Israel on edge, prompting it to ask Russia to intervene. Although Russia's pull with the Syrian government is considerable, it is not enough to persuade Damascus to evict a valuable ally.

The Latest Development

Alexander Lavrentiev, the Russian special envoy to Syria, indicated Aug. 1 that the Iranian forces who had helped the Syrian government overcome pockets of rebel and Islamic State resistance near the Israeli border would be moving their heavy weapons at least 85 kilometers (52.8 miles) from the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. But the announcement did little to mollify Israel, which has called the buffer zone insufficient and continues to push Russia to pressure Iran into leaving Syria altogether...

Yemen: Houthis Offer to Back Off Red Sea Attacks

What Happened

A Houthi official announced on July 31 that the group is willing to temporarily stop its attacks on Red Sea ships if the coalition led by Saudi Arabia halts its strikes on the rebels. Mohamed al-Houthi, head of the Houthis' Supreme Revolutionary Committee, said, "The unilateral halt in naval military operations will be for a limited time period and could be extended and include all fronts if this move is reciprocated by the leadership of the coalition." The Saudi Cabinet reiterated its claim Tuesday that the Houthi threat to tankers endangers world trade..

Yemen: US allies spin deals with al-Qaida in war on rebels

ATAQ, Yemen (AP) — Again and again over the past two years, a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and backed by the United States has claimed it won decisive victories that drove al-Qaida militants from their strongholds across Yemen and shattered their ability to attack the West.

Here’s what the victors did not disclose: many of their conquests came without firing a shot.

That’s because the coalition cut secret deals with al-Qaida fighters, paying some to leave key cities and towns and letting others retreat with weapons, equipment and wads of looted cash, an investigation by The Associated Press has found. Hundreds more were recruited to join the coalition itself.

These compromises and alliances have allowed al-Qaida militants to survive to fight another day — and risk strengthening the most dangerous branch of the terror network that carried out the 9/11 attacks. Key participants in the pacts said the U.S. was aware of the arrangements and held off on any drone strikes...

Iran says ‘no third party’ will limit its support to Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Iran’s defense minister said Sunday his country will continue its support of the Syrian government to ensure improved security in the region, adding that the nature of the two countries’ cooperation won’t be decided by a “third party.”

Israel has expressed concern over Iran’s growing influence in Syria, accusing Iran of seeking to establish a foothold near the frontier with the Jewish state. The United States has been pressing for Iran to withdraw its fighters from Syria. In recent meetings between U.S. and Russian officials, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton said he and Russian officials are discussing the issue, without providing details, calling it a U.S priority.


Iran says its presence in Syria is at the invitation of the Syrian government. “No third party can affect the presence of Iranian advisers in Syria,” Iran’s Defense Minister Amir Hatami told reporters in Damascus.

His comments came at the start of a two-day visit to Syria, where he met with the Syrian President Bashar Assad and other senior officials. The high-level military delegation headed by Hatami is expected to boost cooperation between the two countries, and Iranian media reported that the two are expected to sign new military and defense agreements.

Iran has provided key support to Assad in the seven-year civil war, sending thousands of military advisers and allied militiamen to bolster his forces.

Hatami said he hopes Iran can play a “productive role” in Syria’s reconstruction, according to Iran’s Press TV...
CYBER ISSUES

GM bringing in pro hackers to find bugs in car computers

Highly computerized cars could mean consumers’ data is vulnerable or the driver’s safety might be endangered if car companies aren’t prepared to cut off any data breach or threat to cybersecurity at the pass.

General Motors is taking no chances. It’s bringing in those exact people who might do the infiltration to help thwart it.

n the upcoming weeks, GM will bring researchers, some of whom are professional computer hackers, to Detroit to offer them a bounty or cash payment for each “bug” they uncover in any of GM vehicles’ computer systems.

“We’ll show them the products, programs and systems for which we plan to establish these bug bounties. Then we’ll put them in a comfortable environment, ply them with pizza and Red Bull or whatever they might need and turn them loose,” GM President Dan Ammann said in a speech at the Billington CyberSecurity Summit at Cobo Center in Detroi....

AI and the Return of Great Power Competition

For better or worse, the advancement and diffusion of artificial intelligence technology will come to define this century. Whether that statement should fill your soul with terror or delight remains a matter of intense debate. Techno-idealists and doomsdayers will paint their respective utopian and dystopian visions of machine-kind, making the leap from what we know now as "narrow AI" to "general AI" to surpass human cognition within our lifetime. On the opposite end of the spectrum, yawning skeptics will point to Siri's slow intellect and the human instinct of Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger – the pilot of the US Airways flight that successfully landed on the Hudson River in 2009 – to wave off AI chatter as a heap of hype not worth losing sleep over...

China, U.S.: Censored Version of Google May Launch in China

What Happened: Google is planning to launch a version of its search engine in China that would censor certain websites and search terms, The Intercept reported Aug. 1.

Why It Matters: Like other U.S. tech companies, Google is willing to compromise to enter the lucrative Chinese market.

Background: China has long blocked services from U.S. tech companies such as Google's search engine and YouTube, though Google announced in December that it planned to open an artificial intelligence research center in China.

TERRORISM

Tajikistan: Why Blame for a Terrorist Attack on Tourists Matters

The deaths of four foreign tourists in a terrorist attack could have longer-term implications for Tajikistan's economy.(Stratfor

What Happened

On July 29, four tourists on a bicycle tour of Tajikistan — two from the United States, one from the Netherlands and one from Switzerland — were killed in an attack in the Danghara district southeast of Dushanbe. Militants drove a vehicle through their cycling group, then stabbed the victims. The next day, the Islamic State claimed it had inspired the attack, but the Tajik government instead has pinned responsibility on the political opposition Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT).T...

MISC

What Explains the Ups and Downs of Resource Nationalism?

Highlights

-Through resource nationalism — an attempt by a state to assert greater control over natural resources in its territory through mandates on global extractive industries — host countries seek to create value-added products and services and supply chains or capture assets.

-Over many decades, the balance of power has slowly shifted in the direction of host states as compared to global corporations.
In the short- to medium-term, however, the strength of resource nationalism is likely to ebb and flow with global market cycles and local political cycles.

-Global geopolitical shifts are another conditioning factor, and China's rise has especially stoked worries in several countries about a loss of sovereignty.
-News that the Indonesian government has taken a majority stake in U.S.-based Freeport-McMoRan's giant Grasberg copper mine after a hard-fought dispute is just the latest sign of growing pressures exerted by host states on global extractive industry corporations.

The mining industry has cried foul over such actions, with the CEO of mining giant Rio Tinto warning in May that resource nationalism was "gaining momentum," threatening investment in the lucrative sector. But what exactly drives resource nationalism and what explains its ups and downs? As it turns out, the conventional explanation — market cycles — does not account for much of what leads states around the globe to strive for greater control over their natural resources...

FAA Mulls Recommendations For Planned GPS Interference

The FAA says it is studying the recommendations a special committee issued earlier this year to better notify aircraft operators of planned GPS signal interference events caused by Defense Department testing.

Loss or degradation of GPS signal reception because of interference could affect pilots’ use of GPS-based required navigation performance (RNP) procedures, disable terrain awareness and warning systems and degrade pitch and roll accuracy of GPS-aided attitude and heading reference systems, among other issues, a Tactical Operations Committee (TOC) of FAA and industry experts advised in a March report.

Loss of GPS in an aircraft equipped to report its position by automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) “Out,” a capability the FAA requires by 2020, causes that aircraft to be lost as a target for onboard ADS-B “In” systems, affects aircraft depending on satellite-based augmentation systems for precision approaches and presents a problem for the FAA’s strategy to decommission some secondary surveillance radars (SSR) as ADS-B becomes its primary means of surveillance. The FAA is considering decommissioning 80% of terminal radars as ADS-B equipage by aircraft operators increases, the TOC says...



Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A Cop's Wife says it very well.....

By now you have heard of the the latest outrage of the athletic apparel, Nike hiring of Colin Kapernick as a spokesman for the 30th anniversay of their "Just Do It" campaign. Kapernick's face is superimposed with the sentences "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything." While Kapernick blew his NFL career (IMHO, he would not work harder to adjust to NFL defenses that adjusted to him, who is very talented, but talent is not enough) I'm still wondering what this has been NFL player is sacrificing. His net worth is estimated between twenty and thirty million dollars. He's getting one award after another for protesting "police oppression," and his dumb ass did get a contract. One million for a book he'll pay a ghost writer to pen. Sounds like he's "living large," not suffering from oppression.

Well I found this website and the host says it's better than I can ever do.

Dear Nike,
Behind The Line

Dear Nike,

Yesterday it was announced that you would be having Colin Kaepernick represent your “Just Do It” campaign. A bold move. Immediately the outcry began to boycott your products. I would like to say that I will not be boycotting your products…because I don’t buy them anyway. My boycott would be absolutely worthless. I do, however, have an opinion on the subject and since you seem to be quite excited about opinions, I’m sure mine will be just as important to you as Mr. Kaepernick’s. (I realize this will likely get me all kinds of hate mail, but I’m blue family, that’s pretty par for the course these days thanks to folks like your new spokesman.)

Let me begin by saying that I am fully supportive of your right to make this decision as well as Mr. Kaepernick’s right to his opinion. That being said, just because you HAVE a right doesn’t mean you ARE right, and, contrary to what virtually all mainstream media seems to believe these days, spreading misinformed or misleading opinions is generally unwise and reckless, but I’ll get to that.

There seems to be a large group of people who have a hard time understanding the visceral reaction to this news by the rest of America- and specifically the majority of our law enforcement and military communities. I think there are several reasons behind this that should probably be examined and at least thoughtfully considered by any responsible, conscientious member of society.

Let’s take it back to the beginning, when Mr. Kaepernick first decided he would no longer stand for the playing of our National Anthem. To be clear, he has every right to make that decision. That right does not make him exempt from consequences. When you use your right to free speech to do something that is perceived as blatantly disrespectful to a huge swath of the country, you’re not really a victim of anything but your own poor discernment.

Why was his refusal to stand for the National Anthem so inflammatory? I don’t want to speak for others, but I would be honored if you’d hear my own reasons.

When I was a child, I grew up around veterans. A couple in our church had lost a son in Vietnam and had taken all the area veterans under their wing. There’s not a veteran in the county who doesn’t know Mom and Pop Hensley. I spent a lot of time around them and gained a huge amount of respect for those who had served, especially those who were so horrifically disrespected upon their return to the states.

Have you ever stood next to a combat veteran during the National Anthem? Watched their face? It’s different for them. Why?

Well there’s a piece of shrapnel on our bedroom dresser that’s a reminder of all I nearly missed out on with my husband. His father carries his shrapnel still inside him. They walk around like the rest of us, but they’re not like the rest of us. They’re different. Frankly, they’re better. They know what it’s like to have something worth dying for. What was worth dying for? The people of their beloved country…the one represented by the National Anthem.

When we lived on base the National Anthem was played every afternoon. No matter what you were doing…you stopped. Traffic stopped. Conversation stopped. Playing stopped. The whole base went silent while those hallowed notes rang out. If you were sitting, you stood. It’s was ingrained in the whole community. Expected respect for all that song stood for and all those who had sacrificed everything for it.

True sacrifice.

If you’ve never held your spouse while they wept for a fallen comrade I don’t expect you to understand, but a little respect goes a long way.

The fact that Mr. Kaepernick chose this method as a way to make a point is one issue. The point he’s trying to make is completely another.

Originally, we were told this was a protest against police brutality. It’s morphed many times into something vague about equality, but it was anti-police at its very core…as Mr. Kaepernick has expressed his disdain for law enforcement.

Frankly, the NFL has a long history of its players being on the wrong side of the law, and as common sense will tell you, criminals generally dislike the police, so an anti-police protest makes for an easy sell. Again, Mr. Kaepernick has a right to his opinion, but it’s still stupid. (I tried to find a more polite and eloquent way to say that, but nothing quite fit like “stupid.”)

We’re told we need to stand together to fight against police brutality which is specifically and disproportionately imposed on African Americans. It’s a fact that has been shouted from the rooftops by everyone from the media, to the politicians, to overpaid football players. Except that isn’t true.

You see, facts are interesting things. It’s easy to look up a few “facts” and twist them to fit your narrative. But a half-truth is still a lie.

I’d like to give an example. If you Google people killed by the police this year one of the top results is a database put together by the Washington Post. According to this database 684 people have been killed by the police this year. (The fact that they actually have a database for this is very telling to their position on the narrative, I think, but I digress.)

If you filter the results you find that 121 of those killed were black…as opposed to 264 white. Hm. Ok, per this database, whites have been killed twice as much as blacks this year. Interesting. Of those killed, 34 were unarmed. THIRTY-FOUR out of 684. Now there are a lot of factors to consider when you look for justified use of force, but I think that’s a pretty interesting statistic.

Even more interesting to me was this…at the bottom of the page it shows a slider with the newest deaths.

Here’s what’s listed on their database site, “An unidentified person, a man with a gun, was shot on Aug. 29, 2018, in Washington Court House, Ohio.” Beneath that are the stats that were put into the data base. “Ohio. Male. Unknown race. Unknown Age. No/Unknown mental illness. Gun. No body cam recording. Not fleeing.” Then it lists its sources.

Here’s the problem.

In a 2-minute Google search, I found the rest of the story they haven’t bothered to update. According to myfox28columbus.com and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office the “victim” was 72-year-old male who had been identified in the sexual assault of a juvenile. The confrontation took place when police received a report of the suspect parked near a common drop off site for elementary school students. By the time a detective arrived on scene, he was no longer there, but was located in the area. When contact was made, he displayed a firearm which he was told repeatedly to drop and would not, resulting in his being shot.

So, we go from the incomplete story of “a man was killed by the police” to a 72-year-old identified in SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A JUVENILE was by an ELEMENTARY SCHOOL drop off WITH A GUN. He brandished the gun and got shot.

Totally different. And if all they’re updating is the initial facts without updating the information as it becomes available, well…you can probably make it say anything you want, right?

A few clicks down on the slider you find “Sebastian Siney Chamale, a 37-year-old man, was shot on Aug 28, 2018, in Tarboro, NC.” Followed by “NC. Male. Unknown Race. 30 to 44. No/Unknown mental illness. Weapon unknown. No body cam. Not fleeing.”

This guy was caught in the act of breaking into someone’s home. That’s not in the database of course, but you’re welcome to Google it.

Two small examples that I share to make this point…YOUR STATISTICS DON’T TELL THE WHOLE STORY.

As we’ve seen over and over, people frequently make inflammatory accusations against officers and then body cam footage shows a completely different story. But, of course, by that time the initial lie is spread around the world. The damage is done.

Side note: My very favorite filter on the database is the “not fleeing” option. As if “not fleeing” is synonymous with complying. You can ambush an officer and not be fleeing. So, I feel like that’s pretty irrelevant, but hey, if it helps you feed the narrative.

Since we’re all about shouting facts at each other these days, here’s a few to ponder. 98 law enforcement officers have lost their lives in the line of duty so far this year. 36 states have lost officers as well as the U.S. Government. Not breaking the law, just doing their jobs. They went to work and never came home.

According to www.nleomf.org there were 58,627 assaults against police officers in 2016. That’s a lot of brutality. Might even be worth protests. I dunno.

But here’s the big statistic…according to that same site there are currently about 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers in the U.S. right now. 900,000 law enforcement officers. 684 people killed by an officer. Even if you said every one of those was somehow unjustified that leaves 99.9% of officers who haven’t killed anyone this year. (Please note, the cases of unjustified shootings would make this number significantly less, but I’m trying to be liberal here.) The number of people who were “victims” of police brutality while not breaking the law and complying with lawful orders…yeah…I can’t seem to find that in a database because the number is so low it’s not even worth reporting, but if you find it, let me know.

But THIS is the issue we’re supposed to get behind? Not the number of women assaulted by NFL players? The DUIs? The abuse? Police officers are the real problem and kneeling for the National Anthem is how you propose we fix it? And that makes you a hero????

I’m going to get really real here for a minute. I don’t give a darn about the stats either way. A database isn’t why I feel so strongly about this. Statistics are not the reason my hands shake typing this. Statistics don’t tuck my kids in at night. The reason this movement is so repulsive to me is that it’s killing my family. Literally.

People like Mr. Kaepernick painting the entirety of law enforcement with a broad, inaccurate brush and insinuating that they are the enemy and that there is no need to respect those who wear a badge has created a more dangerous environment for MY husband. For MY friends. For MY family.

It’s interesting that the same day you honor a man who is trying to salvage his fame by throwing law enforcement under the bus, a wonderful husband and father was shot in the head just trying to arrest a shoplifter. Blue families are so incredibly tired of sending our loved ones out into a world where they are constantly lied about and unappreciated at best and assaulted or killed at worst. We’re tired of people like Mr. Kaepernick who use something we hold so dear to attack that which we give so much to defend.

When you work 14-16-hour days, regularly encounter things no human should ever have to see, and knowingly put your life on the line every time you walk out the door just to earn so little that you can still qualify for food stamps…THEN you can talk about sacrificing everything.

Until then, the rest of us will stand for truth. For the whole story. For the good guys. For the men and women out there sweating in Kevlar just trying to make it home. Those forced by their job to stay silent while the millionaires exercise their “right” to slander them.

Because having a right doesn’t make you right.

A wife behind the line,





Very well said ma'am.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Officer Down


Deputy Jailer Randy ZoeRay Haddix
Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office, Nebraska
End of Watch Monday, July 9, 2018
Age 56
Tour 15 years
Cause Heart attack
Incident Date Friday, July 6, 2018

Deputy Jailer Randy Haddix passed away as the result of a heart attack he suffered while participating in a custody and control certification class at the Scottsbluff County Jail in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, on July 6th, 2018.

He was transported to a local hospital before being flown to the Medical Center of the Rockies, in Loveland, Colorado, where he passed away on July 9th, 2018.

Deputy Haddix was a National Guard veteran. He had served with the Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office for three months and had previously served with the Broken Bow Police Department for 15 years. He is survived by his wife, sister, and two brothers.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Friday, September 7, 2018

Officer Down


Police Officer Vu X. Nguyen
Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio
End of Watch Friday, July 6, 2018
Age 50
Tour 25 years
Badge 1534
Cause Duty related illness
Incident Date Monday, July 2, 2018

Police Officer Vu Nguyen passed away four days after collapsing during a 1.5-mile timed run that was part of the agency's canine handler eligibility process.

He and other candidates were participating in the physical fitness portion of the process in 90+ degree heat when he collapsed during the run on July 2nd, 2018. He was transported to MetroHealth where his condition continued to worsen. He was flown to Cleveland Clinic where he passed away on July 6th, 2018.

Officer Nguyen had served with the Cleveland Division of Police for over 20 years and had previously served with the Cleveland Division of Corrections for four years. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Officer Down


Trooper Nicholas F. Clark
New York State Police, New York
End of Watch Monday, July 2, 2018
Age 29
Tour 2 years, 10 months
Badge 5528
Cause Gunfire

Trooper Nicholas Clark was shot and killed when he and other officers responded to a suicidal subject at 10041 Welch Road, in Erwin, New York.

He had responded to the residence, along with members of the Steuben County Sheriff's Office and Corning Police Department, after the man's wife called 911 at approximately 3:30 am and reported that he was suicidal and possibly armed. Crisis negotiators were attempting to make contact with the subject when he opened fire, fatally wounding Trooper Clark. The subject was found deceased a short time later suffering from a self inflicted gunshot wound.

Trooper Clark had served with the New York State Police for just under three years. He is survived by his parents and brother. He was a former two-time high school state wrestling champion and had previously tried out for the Buffalo Bills football team.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Monday, September 3, 2018

Officer Down


Special Agent Timothy Allan Ensley
United States Department of Homeland Security - Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Government
End of Watch Sunday, June 24, 2018
Age Not available
Tour 9 years
Cause Duty related illness
Location Overseas
Incident Date Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Special Agent Tim Ensley died after contracting Dengue fever while on a temporary duty assignment to Indonesia in May 2018.

He was medically evacuated to Singapore where his condition continued to worsen. He passed away as a result of complications on June 24th, 2018.

Special Agent Ensley had served with HSI for nine years and was assigned to the Seattle Field Office's Child Exploitation Investigations. He is survived by his wife, four children, and mother.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Sunday, September 2, 2018

The latest disaster from the PDRK...

The People’s Democratic Republic of Kalifornia.

I’ve often said when you think stupidity has reached rock bottom, wait. Someone will pick out a pick ax, or in this case, a jack hammer, and reach greater depths.
Jury Awards Payday To Family Of Man Shot While Actively Stabbing Officer

Sacramento, CA – A jury has awarded $2.75 million to the family of a man who was fatally shot by a Los Banos police officer as he was actively stabbing the officer with a pair of scissors.

According to the jury, the officer used “unreasonable force” by shooting one too many times, the Merced Sun-Star reported.

The incident took place at approximately 3 p.m. on Sep. 2, 2013, when 80-year-old Tan Lam called police to report that he had been assaulted by his 43-year-old son, Sonny Lam...

...He said he was worried about Sonny’s mental health, and said Sonny had threatened to kill him.

Los Banos Police Officer Jairo Acosta responded to the Lams’ shared residence, but was not made aware of Sonny’s purported mental health issues, the Merced Sun-Star reported.

Tan escorted Officer Acosta into a room, where the officer attempted to convince Sonny to come outside.

Sonny refused, then grabbed a pair of scissors, police said.

“[He] attacked Officer Acosta, stabbing him in his left arm,” the Los Banos Police Department said in a press release on Friday. “The Officer drew his firearm and a struggle ensued between the Officer and the suspect over the firearm.”

“Fearing for his safety, the Officer discharged his weapon twice, striking the suspect in the left leg and the chest,” the department said.

Sonny was rushed to a local hospital, but died of his injuries during surgery.

On Aug. 15, a Sacramento jury ruled that Sonny stabbed Officer Acosta with the scissors before the officer shot him in the leg, the Merced Sun-Star reported.

“But the jury was unclear as to whether the Officer was under immediate threat when he fired the second round…the round that caused the suspect’s death,” the police department said in the press release.

Because Sonny did not have ahold Officer Acosta’s gun, the jurors ruled that Officer Acosta was negligent in shooting Sonny the second time...

...They held Sonny comparatively at fault, thereby reducing the final verdict amount by 30 percent, the department said.

I recall the Melendez trials, brothers Joseph “Lyle”, and Erik Menéndez, chaired with the murder of their parents. After an initial hung jury, the brothers were convicted, and I’m still astonished at the fact a LA county jury did it. One of the female members of the jury said afterwards, “We felt sorry for them...they lost their parents.” No s$%^ woman, they murdered them!

Now we have a jury saying a man, being stabbed by a suspect, flies twice instead of once, while the suspect is trying to grab his weapon, and he used unreasonable force! Good God, I’m surprised these morons didn’t indict the cop for not de-escalating the situation.

I’ve also said, but a fork into California, it’s done.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Officer Down


Police Officer Mathew J. Mazany
Mentor Police Department, Ohio
End of Watch Sunday, June 24, 2018
Age 41
Tour 14 years
Cause Vehicular assault

Police Officer Mathew Mazany was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while assisting another officer during a traffic stop on Route 2, near Route 306, at approximately 1:00 am.

The vehicle that had been stopped contained a subject wanted in another jurisdiction. As the officers began to approach the car to take the person into custody another vehicle entered the area and struck Officer Mazany. The vehicle fled the scene after striking Officer Mazany but was located several hours later and the driver was taken into custody.

Officer Mazany had served with the Mentor Police Department for 14 years. He is survived by his son, father, and brother.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

K9 Down


K9 Cade
Hendricks County Sheriff's Office, Indiana
End of Watch Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Breed Belgian Malinois
Gender Male
Age 5
Tour 3 years, 6 months
Cause Duty related illness
Incident Date Tuesday, July 3, 2018

K9 Cade died after suffering a medical emergency while tracking a suspect in the area of Ronald Reagan Parkway and County Road 300 North in Brownsburg, Indiana.

Other units had attempted to stop a vehicle, which fled and led them on a pursuit. The subject drove to a woodline and then fled on foot into the woods. Officers set up a perimeter and K9 Cade was deployed to track and apprehend the subject.

K9 Cade began showing symptoms of distress and was immediately transported to a local veterinarian. He succumbed the following day.

K9 Cade had served with Hendricks County Sheriff's Office for 3-1/2 years.
Rest in Peace …till our next roll call at the Rainbow Bridge!



In Memory of all Police Dogs

They handled themselves with beauty & grace
And who could ever forget that beautiful face
Whether at work; or at home; whatever the test
They always worked hard; and did their best

They were real champions; at work or at play
But their lives were cut short; suddenly one day
While working on the job with their partner one day
They put themselves out on a limb; out into harms way

They gave the ultimate sacrifice; any dog can give
They gave up their life; so someone could live
The best of their breed; as his partner and anyone would say
Many hearts are now broken; that he had to prove it this way

Now as the trees are blowing in the gentle breeze
The sun is shining; thru the leaves on the trees
The meadows are green; and the grass grows tall
Off in the distance they can see a waterfall

As they look over the falls; down through the creek
The water flows gently; as a rabbit sneaks a peek
Far up above; in the deep blue sky
They see the birds soar high; as they fly by

They see animals playing; at the bridge by a waterfall
Chasing each other; and just having a ball
They play all day; from morning to night
There's no more rain; just warm sunlight

Off in the distance; they hear trumpets blow
Then all the animals look up; and notice a bright glow
The harps would play and the angels would sing
As they know they've come home; they've earned their wings

We remember that they died; in the line of duty
And are now with the Lord; sharing in heaven's beauty
Off to the meadows now; where they can play and roam free
With an occasional rest stop; under a tall oak tree

No more bad guys to chase; or bullets to take
Just a run through the meadow; down to the lake
A quick splash in the water; then back to the shore
Then it's off to the forest; to go play some more

These special dogs are back home; up in heaven above
They're cradled in God's arm's; and covered with His love
We'll light a candle for all of them; in the dark of night
In loving memory of all; these very special knights

By John Quealy

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Officer Down


Police Officer Richard Lopez
New York City Police Department, New York
End of Watch Sunday, June 24, 2018
Cause 9/11 related illness
Incident Date Tuesday, September 11, 2001
Weapon Aircraft; Passenger jet
Age 52
Tour 20 years
Badge 2220

Police Officer Richard Lopez died as the result of cancer that he developed following his assignment to the search and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site following the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks.

Officer Lopez was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the New York City Police Department for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and brother.

On the morning of September 11th, 2001, seventy-two officers from a total of eight local, state, and federal agencies were killed when terrorist hijackers working for the al Qaeda terrorist network, headed by Osama bin Laden, crashed four hijacked planes into the World Trade Center towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

After the impact of the first plane into the World Trade Center's North Tower, putting the safety of others before their own, law enforcement officers along with fire and EMS personnel, rushed to the burning Twin Towers of the World Trade Center to aid the victims and lead them to safety. Due to their quick actions, it is estimated that over 25,000 people were saved.

As the evacuation continued, the South Tower unexpectedly collapsed as a result of the intense fire caused by the impact. The North Tower collapsed a short time later. Seventy-one law enforcement officers, 343 members of the New York City Fire Department and over 2,800 civilians were killed at the World Trade Center site.

A third hijacked plane crashed into a field in rural Pennsylvania when the passengers attempted to re-take control of the plane. One law enforcement officer, who was a passenger on the plane, was killed in that crash.

The fourth hijacked plane was crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, killing almost 200 military and civilian personnel. No law enforcement officers were killed at the Pentagon on 9/11.

The terrorist attacks resulted in the declaration of war against the Taliban regime, the illegal rulers of Afghanistan, and the al Qaeda terrorist network which also was based in Afghanistan.

On September 9th, 2005, all of the public safety officers killed on September 11th, 2001, were posthumously awarded the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor by President George W. Bush.

The contamination in the air at the World Trade Center site caused many rescue personnel to become extremely ill and eventually led to the death of several rescue workers.

On May 1st, 2011 members of the United States military conducted a raid on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and killed Osama bin Laden.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

K9 Down


K9 Choper
Conewango Township Police Department, Pennsylvania
End of Watch Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Breed German Shepherd
Gender Male
Age 5
Tour 3 years
Cause Fall
Incident Date Tuesday, June 5, 2018

K9 Choper died from injuries suffered when he fell from the roof of a three-story building at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue And Elm Street in Warren, Pennsylvania.

He and his handler were conducting a training exercise in the abandoned building with the accident occurred at approximately 9:35 pm. K9 Choper was rushed to a veterinary hospital where he died shortly after midnight.

K9 Choper had served with the Conewango Township Police Department for three years.
Rest in Peace …till our next roll call at the Rainbow Bridge!



In Memory of all Police Dogs

They handled themselves with beauty & grace
And who could ever forget that beautiful face
Whether at work; or at home; whatever the test
They always worked hard; and did their best

They were real champions; at work or at play
But their lives were cut short; suddenly one day
While working on the job with their partner one day
They put themselves out on a limb; out into harms way

They gave the ultimate sacrifice; any dog can give
They gave up their life; so someone could live
The best of their breed; as his partner and anyone would say
Many hearts are now broken; that he had to prove it this way

Now as the trees are blowing in the gentle breeze
The sun is shining; thru the leaves on the trees
The meadows are green; and the grass grows tall
Off in the distance they can see a waterfall

As they look over the falls; down through the creek
The water flows gently; as a rabbit sneaks a peek
Far up above; in the deep blue sky
They see the birds soar high; as they fly by

They see animals playing; at the bridge by a waterfall
Chasing each other; and just having a ball
They play all day; from morning to night
There's no more rain; just warm sunlight

Off in the distance; they hear trumpets blow
Then all the animals look up; and notice a bright glow
The harps would play and the angels would sing
As they know they've come home; they've earned their wings

We remember that they died; in the line of duty
And are now with the Lord; sharing in heaven's beauty
Off to the meadows now; where they can play and roam free
With an occasional rest stop; under a tall oak tree

No more bad guys to chase; or bullets to take
Just a run through the meadow; down to the lake
A quick splash in the water; then back to the shore
Then it's off to the forest; to go play some more

These special dogs are back home; up in heaven above
They're cradled in God's arm's; and covered with His love
We'll light a candle for all of them; in the dark of night
In loving memory of all; these very special knights

By John Quealy

Monday, August 27, 2018

Officer Down


Senior Police Officer Christopher James Driver
Rocky Mount Police Department, North Carolina
End of Watch Saturday, June 23, 2018
Age 27
Tour 5 years, 4 months

Senior Police Officer Christopher Driver was killed in a vehicle crash in front of 4112 South Church Street while on duty at approximately 10:30 pm.

His patrol car collided with the back of a tree-trimming bucket truck that was left parked in his travel lane. The truck was being towed illegally when its brakes failed and the 46-year-old driver had to stop. While the driver went in search of help, Officer Driver who was responding to the scene, after being told that the truck was possibly stolen, hit the vehicle. The lights on the back of the vehicle were so dim they could not be seen unless one was very close to them. The driver was arrested and charged with illegal tow of a vehicle, leaving an unattended vehicle, and misdemeanor death by vehicle. Another man, who was in the truck that was hit, ran away when the accident happened. He was charged with illegal tow of a vehicle, misdemeanor death by vehicle, and leaving the scene of an accident. The accident is being investigated by the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

Officer Driver had served with the Rocky Mount Police Department for five years. He is survived by his wife.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

A short time ago in a place not too far away...

These four knocked it out the park!

I love acoustic guitar, I was a long time fan of MTVs Unplugged (back when MTV played music), and I love Star Wars.

Enjoy!



Friday, August 24, 2018

Officer Down


Correctional Officer Tawanna Marin
Florida Department of Corrections, Florida
End of Watch Monday, June 18, 2018
Age 48
Tour 9 years

Correctional Officer Tawanna Marin was struck and killed by a vehicle while supervising an inmate work crew near the intersection of Sample Road and Lyons Road in Coconut Creek.

She was standing behind a Florida DOT dump truck when another vehicle entered the area and struck her, causing her to become pinned between the car and dump truck. She was extricated from the wreckage and transported to Broward Health North where she succumbed to her injuries.

Officer Marin had served with the Florida Department of Corrections for nine years.
Rest in Peace Sis…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Thursday, August 23, 2018

K9 Down


K9 Tuco
Stephens County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma
End of Watch Sunday, May 20, 2018
Breed German Shepherd
Gender Male
Cause Drowned

K9 Tuco drowned after his handler's patrol car crashed into a flooded ravine on Highway 29 while responding to a water rescue at approximately 4:00 am.

The patrol car hydroplaned and rolled over into the water. Another deputy following behind the patrol car was able to rescue Tuco's handler from the vehicle, which was submerged under water. The two deputies both tried to rescue Tuco but were unable to remove him from the vehicle.
Rest in Peace Tuco…till our next roll call at the Rainbow Bridge!



In Memory of all Police Dogs

They handled themselves with beauty & grace
And who could ever forget that beautiful face
Whether at work; or at home; whatever the test
They always worked hard; and did their best

They were real champions; at work or at play
But their lives were cut short; suddenly one day
While working on the job with their partner one day
They put themselves out on a limb; out into harms way

They gave the ultimate sacrifice; any dog can give
They gave up their life; so someone could live
The best of their breed; as his partner and anyone would say
Many hearts are now broken; that he had to prove it this way

Now as the trees are blowing in the gentle breeze
The sun is shining; thru the leaves on the trees
The meadows are green; and the grass grows tall
Off in the distance they can see a waterfall

As they look over the falls; down through the creek
The water flows gently; as a rabbit sneaks a peek
Far up above; in the deep blue sky
They see the birds soar high; as they fly by

They see animals playing; at the bridge by a waterfall
Chasing each other; and just having a ball
They play all day; from morning to night
There's no more rain; just warm sunlight

Off in the distance; they hear trumpets blow
Then all the animals look up; and notice a bright glow
The harps would play and the angels would sing
As they know they've come home; they've earned their wings

We remember that they died; in the line of duty
And are now with the Lord; sharing in heaven's beauty
Off to the meadows now; where they can play and roam free
With an occasional rest stop; under a tall oak tree

No more bad guys to chase; or bullets to take
Just a run through the meadow; down to the lake
A quick splash in the water; then back to the shore
Then it's off to the forest; to go play some more

These special dogs are back home; up in heaven above
They're cradled in God's arm's; and covered with His love
We'll light a candle for all of them; in the dark of night
In loving memory of all; these very special knights

By John Quealy