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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Good boy Shep!

A suspect tried to outrun this K9. His name is Shep.

The suspect choose...poorly.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Officer Down


Special Agent Michael T. Walter
Virginia State Police, Virginia
End of Watch: Saturday, May 27, 2017
Age: 45
Tour: 18 years
Incident Date: 5/26/2017

Special Agent Michael Walter was shot and killed in the 1900 block of Redd Street in Richmond, Virginia, while investigating a suspicious vehicle at approximately 7:30 pm.

He and several Richmond Police Department officers were conducting high visibility patrols in the Mosby Court public housing complex due to a recent trend of shootings and other crime. The officers were approaching a vehicle parked facing the wrong direction on Redd Street. As they spoke to the two occupants of the vehicle the passenger opened fire on them, striking Special Agent Walter.

Special Agent Walter was transported to VCU Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds early the following morning.

The subject who shot him fled the scene but was arrested in Northumberland County, Virginia, several hours later.

Special Agent Walter was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He had served with the Virginia State Police for 18 years and was assigned to the Bureau of Criminal Investigations' Drug Enforcement Section. He is survived by his wife, daughter, nd two sons.
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 17, 2017

K9 Down


http://K9 Aron
Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi
End of Watch: Sunday, July 2, 2017
Breed: German Shepherd
Age: 6
Gender: M
Tour: 5 years
Cause: Heat exhaustion

K9 Aron died after suffering heat exhaustion when his handler's patrol car suffered a mechanical malfunction, causing the vehicle and it's hot box backup system to shut off.

K9 Aron had served with the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department for five years.
Rest in Peace Aron…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 16, 2017

Officer Down


Deputy Sheriff William Durr
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Mississippi
End of Watch: Saturday, May 27, 2017
Age: 36
Tour: 6 years

Deputy Sheriff William Durr was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call at 2871 Lee Drive in Bogue Chitto, Mississippi, at approximately 11:30 pm.

When he arrived at the scene a male subject shot and killed him before murdering three females at the home. The subject then drove to two more locations in Brookhaven where he murdered four more people. He was taken into custody the following morning after attempting suicide-by-cop.

Deputy Durr had served with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office for two years and had previously served with the Brookhaven Police Department for two years.
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 15, 2017

K9 Down


K9 Drago
Forest Preserves of Cook County Department of Law Enforcement, Illinois
End of Watch: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Breed: Belgian Malinois
Gender: M
Tour: 3 years
Cause: Heat exhaustion

K9 Drago died when the air conditioner in his handler's vehicle failed.

His handler had gone to the Oak Forest Police Department to process an offender who had just been arrested. While the handler was inside the air conditioner failed and began blowing hot air. Rescue personnel rendered aid to Drago but were unable to save him.

Drago had served with the Forest Preserves of Cook County Department of Law Enforcement for three years.
Rest in Peace Drago…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 14, 2017

Officer Down


Border Patrol Agent Isaac Morales
United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Age: 30
Tour: 8 years
Incident Date: 5/20/2017

Border Patrol Agent Isaac Morales succumbed to wounds sustained four days earlier when he was stabbed in an unprovoked attack in El Paso, Texas, while off duty.

Agent Morales and several friend were walking to their cars in the 12000 block of Tierre Este when they were confronted by the subject. Agent Morales identified himself as a United States Border Patrol agent in an attempt to diffuse the situation. The man then attacked him with a knife and stabbed him in the eye.

Despite the wound, Agent Morales chased the subject with several witnesses. The man was subdued by citizens and taken into custody by responding officers.

Agent Morales was transported to a local hospital where he remained in critical condition until passing away on May 24th, 2017.

Agent Morales had served with the United States Border Patrol for eight years and was assigned to the Ysleta Border Patrol Station.
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. 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Reusing What-a-Burger signs....

For you non-Texans, What-a-Burger is a state institution. I've often said if I'm going to waste that many calories on a burger at McDonalds or BK, I might as well do it right. Now, you order in normally they give you a number sign and bring the platter out to you. Looks like some Houston cops reused the signs.

Now I've used cups and other items to mark evidence before, but I've never used these..



Houston police put an end to the use of Whataburger tents as crime scene markers

HPD has put an end to the use of Whataburger tents as crime scene markers, although a spokeswoman said the widely publicized practice only happened once.

That most Texas of crime scene spottings - the Whataburger evidence marker - is officially a thing of the past.

Even before the Wall Street Journal turned its gaze to the Houston Police Department's occasional use of the kitschy orange tents at crime scenes, HPD brass had already put the kibosh on the practice, the Houston Chronicle learned Monday.

"We got a lot of concerns as to whether Whataburger was endorsing us or whether we were endorsing Whataburger and whether they were a sponsor of the police department," HPD spokeswoman Jodi Silva said.

Sadly, the beloved fast food establishment is not a sponsor of Houston police, so no free fries with that speeding ticket.

Although at least one older image of Whataburger numbers at a Houston-area crime scene is circulating online, the one that sparked concerns was a March homicide on West Little York...a young mother friends described as the "life of the party," was shot to death in her car on the way home from a club - and police needed to mark the evidence.

Typically, Silva said, police would wait for Crime Scene Units with the Houston Forensic Center to come put out evidence markers. But sometimes, officers want to make sure nothing gets kicked or ignored or drenched in rain, so they improvise with whatever's handy.

And in the case of the West Little York shooting, there was a Whataburger nearby.

"We became aware when it first happened because people called and asked if Whataburger was sponsoring us now and we took action immediately to let the people on the scene know not to do that again," Silva said. Patrol captains sent out a directive to officers ordering them not to use marked items with visible brand names. Thus no Starbucks cups or Wendy's bags - but also no Whataburger tents.

"I think somebody was very well-intentioned when they did it," Silva said, adding that it seemed to be a one-time thing...

With all respect to the command staff of the police department, this order may not be fully followed. If you need to secure the evidence and have not other means but a McDonald's cup, well, you gotta accomplish the mission.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Officer Down


Deputy Sheriff Mason Moore
Broadwater County Sheriff's Office, Montana
End of Watch: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Age: 42
Tour: 15 years
Badge # 43-8

Deputy Sheriff Mason Moore was shot and killed while involved in a pursuit of a vehicle near mile marker 109 on Highway 287, south of I-90.

The vehicle he was pursuing had fled as he attempted to stop it for a traffic violation. During the pursuit the occupants opened fire, severely wounding him and causing his vehicle to go off the roadway. The subjects then made a U-turn and returned to the patrol car where they fired over two dozen rounds into it, striking Deputy Moore twice in the head.

A short time later, members of the Montana Highway Patrol located the suspect vehicle in Butte-Silver Bow County and attempted to stop it. The ensuing pursuit travelled through several counties as the occupants continued firing at officers. Tire deflation devices were successfully deployed in Powell County, bringing the pursuit to an end. The passenger of the vehicle then exited the car and exchanged shots with officers before being mortally wounded. The vehicle's driver was taken into custody and subsequently charged with 16 counts of premeditated deliberate homicide.

Investigation revealed that the father and son had intended to murder locate and murder a law enforcement officer that night.

Deputy Moore had served with the Broadwater County Sheriff's Office for three years and had served in law enforcement for a total of 15 years. He is survived by his wife and three 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. 

Sexy Star Trek...

A recent addition to Facebook, Sexy Star Trek. Interviews with the staff, clips from the shows and movies, or in this case, an introduction that was never aired for Where No Man Has Gone Before.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

K9 Down


K9 Freckles
Florida Department of Corrections, Florida
End of Watch: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Breed: Beagle
Age: 11
Gender: F

K9 Freckles died after suffering heat exhaustion while tracking a wanted fugitive as part of a multi-day manhunt in the Laurel Hill area of Okaloosa County.

The suspect had lead officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission on a pursuit before abandoning the stolen truck he was driving and fleeing on foot. A handgun was found in the truck following the pursuit. It is believed the man then committed several burglaries and vehicle larcenies in the area over several days.

Freckles had served with the Florida Department of Corrections for 11 years at the Okaloosa Correctional Institution.
Rest in Peace Freckles…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

What's going on in the World Today 170809

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USA

The White House Pulls Out the Trade Hammer

Just a few days after Trump tweeted his exasperation with China over North Korea, the White House pulled out the trade sledgehammer. The U.S. Trade Representative will investigate China under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 over its alleged practice of forcing technology transfers in exchange for market access. The decision is a bit out of the norm, considering the World Trade Organization's dispute settlement mechanism is the more common avenue for countries to file such cases and the United States is still required by law to work through WTO channels to settle the case. But the United States has pulled the Section 301 card successfully before, against Japan in the 1980s, and the Trump administration is hoping for a repeat of that success.

Still, the move got Beijing’s attention. On Aug. 5, The United Nations Security Council unanimously agreed to adopt fresh sanctions against North Korea, further banning exports and limiting investment in the country with the goal of slashing import revenue by a third. Neither China nor Russia wielded their veto power to harpoon the measures. This is the culmination of nearly a month of talks between the U.S. and China, with Beijing keeping Moscow very much in the loop. These talks bore fruit, with Washington obtaining enough of a Chinese commitment on meatier sanctions against North Korea to move forward with a U.N. Security Council vote. Of course, China still has limits on how far it’s willing to go to destabilize North Korea, and Russia can also come in to assist with helping to sustain the North Korean regime…

U.S. Troops Train in Eastern Europe to Echoes of the Cold War

NOVO SELO TRAINING RANGE, Bulgaria — After more than a decade spent fighting Islamic insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States Army is scrambling to relearn Cold War-era skills to confront potential threats from Russia here in Eastern Europe, territory formerly defended by the Soviet Army.

The adjustments to the new threats are wide ranging. Hundreds of desert-tan battle tanks and armored fighting vehicles must be repainted dark green to blend into European terrain. Soldiers accustomed to operating from large, secure bases in Iraq and Afghanistan must now practice using camouflage netting to disguise their positions and dispersing into smaller groups to avoid sophisticated surveillance drones that could direct rocket or missile attacks against personnel or command posts…

AFRICA

UN sees early warning signs of genocide in CAR
The UN is calling for more peacekeeping forces to be deployed in the Central African Republic amid renewed clashes.

Renewed clashes in the Central African Republic (CAR) are early warning signs of genocide, the UN aid chief said on Monday, calling for more troops and police to beef up the UN peacekeeping mission in the strife-torn country.

Some 180,000 people have been driven from their homes this year, bringing the total number of displaced in the CAR to well over half a million, said Stephen O'Brien.
"The early warning signs of genocide are there," O'Brien told a UN meeting following his recent trip to the CAR and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
"We must act now, not pare down the UN's effort, and pray we don't live to regret it."
READ MORE: Muslims return to CAR to find their homes are gone
O'Brien said it was time to authorise an increase in troops and police serving in the MINUSCA peacekeeping force to enable the mission to "deliver on its critical protection mandate".

ASIA

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tillerson-asia-philippines-idUSKBN1AN1X7?il=0&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=New%20Campaign&utm_term=%2AMorning%20Brief

Foiled plots to bomb plane, release toxic gas 'most sophisticated' ever in Australia http://abcnews.go.com/International/foiled-terror-plots-bomb-plane-release-toxic-gas/story?id=49032126

Two men charged in connection with a foiled plot to bring down an airplane were also accused by Australian police of trying to build a device that could unleash poisonous gas in a public space.

The two suspects, Khaled Khayat and Mahmoud Khayat, were charged Thursday night and appeared Friday morning in Parramatta Local Court in Sydney via video link from their jail cells, where they have been remanded in custody as they await a trial date. Each faces two counts of acts done in preparation for, or in planning, a terrorist act, and the charges carry a maximum penalty of life in prison. No plea was entered Friday.

Australian police have not detailed whether the men are related…

…The would-be attackers were among four men arrested in Sydney on Saturday over allegations of a potential terrorist attack. One man was released from police custody without charge Tuesday…

BANGKOK (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday pressed Thai leaders for more action on North Korea during the highest level visit to Thailand by a U.S. official since a military coup in 2014 soured relations with the United States.

Tillerson's top priority has been urging Southeast Asian countries to do more to cut funding streams for North Korea.

The United States believes North Korean front companies are active in Thailand and is trying to encourage the Thais to shut them down, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton told reporters aboard Tillerson's plane.

The companies are using Bangkok as a regional hub and change their names frequently, she said.

Before meeting Tillerson, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said Thailand would support a U.N. resolution on new sanctions on Pyongyang over its missile tests. But he made no mention of specific action…

Thailand's military seized power in May 2014 after months of street protests with a promise to eventually restore democracy, but elections will not happen before next year and a new constitution retains a powerful political say for the army.

Since the coup, Thailand has aligned itself more closely with Beijing, and this year approved purchases of more than $500 million worth of Chinese submarines, tanks and helicopters, besides construction of a new rail link.

Another source of friction is Thailand's trade surplus over the United States. It was the 11th largest last year, at nearly $19 billion, although Thai officials expect a sharp rise in U.S. imports to reduce it.

U.S. May Begin Airstrikes Against ISIS in Philippines

The Pentagon is considering a plan that allows the U.S. military to conduct airstrikes on ISIS in the Philippines, two defense officials told NBC News.

The authority to strike ISIS targets as part of collective self-defense could be granted as part of an official military operation that may be named as early as Tuesday, said the officials. The strikes would likely be conducted by armed drones.

If approved, the U.S. military would be able to conduct strikes against ISIS targets in the Philippines that could be a threat to allies in the region, which would include the Philippine forces battling ISIS on the ground in the country's southern islands.

EUROPE

The EU Prepares to Pursue Reforms Under Brighter Skies

Forecast Highlights

After the German general elections in September, EU members will start a long dialogue to reform the bloc.

The negotiations will again expose the different, and often conflicting, interests between the European Union's northern and southern members.

A key player to watch in the coming years is Italy, as the future role of the country will be an important topic during Franco-German negotiations on EU reform.

By the end of the year, the political situation in Europe will look much clearer than it did at the start of 2017. In March, the British government formally announced its plans to leave the European Union, triggering a two-year negotiation process. In June, French voters elected a president who, barring an unexpected crisis, will remain in office for the next five years. In September, Germany will hold general elections that will probably keep pro-EU forces in power. Afterward, with the political environment likely more conducive to reform than it has been over the past decade, EU member states will start working on the future of Continental integration. But as in the past, their different interests and priorities will shape the negotiations and their outcome…



MEXICO/LATIN AMERICA

Arrests were made after Venezuelan soldiers apparently tried to launch an uprising against President Nicolas Maduro, ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela's deputy leader, Diosdado Cabello, said, BBC reported Aug. 6. http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/06/americas/venezuela-unrest/index.html?utm_source=CNN%20Five%20Things&utm_campaign=7c7fb7d932-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_08_07&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6da287d761-7c7fb7d932-82080869

Mexico's Cartels Find Another Game Changer in Fentanyl

By Scott Stewart

VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor

In my July 13 On Security column about the Mexican government's anti-cartel policy, I discussed how the dynamics of the cocaine trade affected the historical trajectory of Mexican organized crime. In short, cocaine provided cartels with unprecedented quantities of cash that they then parlayed into power. Starting in the 1980s, Mexican criminal organizations began fighting over the immense profit pool produced by the lucrative trade in powder, and this infighting has continued in one form or another to this day.

But cocaine was merely the first of several drugs that were game changers for Mexican organized crime groups. The latest of them, fentanyl (and related synthetic opioids), is the most profitable yet, and is rapidly becoming the deadliest drug for users north of the border...

AFGHANISTAN

In Afghanistan, U.S. Exits, and Iran Comes In

An Afghan police officer at his unit’s outpost overlooking the districts north of Farah, the capital of the province that goes by the same name. In October, the Taliban overran posts like this one in a siege. Bryan Denton for The New York Times
FARAH, Afghanistan — A police officer guarding the outskirts of this city remembers the call from his commander, warning that hundreds of Taliban fighters were headed his way.

“Within half an hour, they attacked,” recalled Officer Najibullah Amiri, 35. The Taliban swarmed the farmlands surrounding his post and seized the western riverbank here in Farah, the capital of the province by the same name.

It was the start of a three-week siege in October, and only after American air support was called in to end it and the smoke cleared did Afghan security officials realize who was behind the lightning strike: Iran.

Four senior Iranian commandos were among the scores of dead, Afghan intelligence officials said, noting their funerals in Iran. Many of the Taliban dead and wounded were also taken back across the nearby border with Iran, where the insurgents had been recruited and trained, village elders told Afghan provincial officials.

The assault, coordinated with attacks on several other cities, was part of the Taliban’s most ambitious attempt since 2001 to retake power. But it was also a piece of an accelerating Iranian campaign to step into a vacuum left by departing American forces — Iran’s biggest push into Afghanistan in decades…

CHINA

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his North Korean counterpart, Ri Yong Ho, in a meeting in the Philippines on Aug. 6 that Pyongyang should stop carrying out nuclear and missile tests, BBC reported.

Top diplomats from the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) and China agreed on Aug. 6 to endorse a framework for a code of conduct in the South China Sea, according to a a statement by the Philippine foreign ministry, The Washington Post reported Aug. 2.

Top diplomats from the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) and China agreed to endorse a framework for a code of conduct in the South China Sea, according to a a statement by the Philippine foreign ministry, The Washington Post reported Aug. 2. According to the intital draft, the proposed framework will serve as a mechanism to settle territorial disputes within the region. Critics of the proposed accord say the brief outline covers only previously agreed upon principles and fails to address China's artificial islands or a 2016 arbitration ruling that overturned China's claim to roughly all of the South China Sea.

IRAN

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a statement Aug. 3 that the new U.S. sanctions were a violation of the 2015 Joint Plan Comprehensive Plan of Action deal that eased sanctions in exchange for Iran to curtail its nuclear program, AFP reported.

IRAQ

NOTHING SIGNIFICANT TO REPORT

ISRAEL

Israel: Communications Minister Attempts to Pull the Plug on Al Jazeera


Israeli Communications Minister Ayoob Kara announced in a press conference on Aug. 6 that Israel was taking "several practical steps to block Al Jazeera's incitement against Israel." Kara said he had called on the Government Press Office and on cable and satellite companies to block the broadcasting of Al Jazeera in Israel and to revoke the media credentials of the network's journalists. But those agencies and companies have not yet shown any willingness to block the channel nor could they block the independent transmission of the channel to private satellite dishes, so these efforts might be fruitless.


KOREAN PENINSULA

North Korea’s No. 65 Factory Is Not a Missile Base

The July 28 test launch of North Korea’s Hwasong-14 (KN-20) has raised concerns both over North Korea’s progress in developing an operational intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capability, but also about the nature of the facility itself and why the North conducted the test launch from this location.

Contrary to published reports, test launch was conducted from the No. 65 Factory,[1] not the Yongnim Missile Base or any kind of missile operating base. It is also not one of the Strategic Force’s missile operating bases or missile storage facilities.

This site is under the Second Economic Committee and is associated with the Strategic Force, as it was used to modify trucks into transporter-erector-launchers (TELs). It was likely chosen to demonstrate the DPRK’s ability to launch ballistic missiles from varied locations in the country, not just those associated with Strategic Force infrastructure, to enhance both security and survivability in case of attack—another sign of the difficulty the United States would have in conducting effective military strikes against North Korean missile sites…

…Located on the west side of the Changja River (i.e., the Changja-gang), immediately west and northwest of the city of Chonchon (40.611369, 126.467036), the No. 65 Factory occupies approximately 12.5 km2, encompasses seven named towns and is dominated and segmented by a mountain that is approximately 680 m high. While a number of administrative and support buildings, warehouses and erection halls are located in the valleys around the mountain, there is a massive underground facility (UGF) underneath the mountain in which the main production facilities are located. This UGF was constructed to protect the valuable production lines from damage in a future war…



A Nodong TEL inside one of the TEL Conversion Halls at the No. 65 Factory, 2013. 


The No. 65 Factory grounds, site of the July 28 Hwasong-14 Launch.











Aug 7, 2017 | 18:01 GMT
North Korea: New U.N. Sanctions Will Not Discourage Nuclear Development


The U.N. Security Council finally delivered on the sanctions against North Korea that have been in the works for the past month. On Aug. 5, the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to approve the tougher measures, which the United States proposed in early July after North Korea's first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test and accelerated following the second. This marks a symbolic victory for the U.S. administration, which has been pushing China to apply pressure on North Korea and which last week signaled it was preparing to unleash severe trade measures against China. Nevertheless, these fresh U.N. sanctions will not discourage North Korea from its continued goal of attaining a deliverable nuclear device…

US spy satellites detect North Korea moving anti-ship cruise missiles to patrol boat

Despite the United States' insistence that North Korea halt its missile tests, U.S. spy agencies detected the rogue communist regime loading two anti-ship cruise missiles on a patrol boat on the country’s east coast just days ago.
It's the first time these missiles have been deployed on this type of platform since 2014, U.S. officials with knowledge of the latest intelligence in the region told Fox News on Monday.

It also points to more evidence that North Korea isn't listening to the diplomatic threats from the West.
“The best signal that North Korea could give us that they're prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in the Philippines Monday.

North Korea loaded two Stormpetrel anti-ship cruise missiles on a Wonsan guided-missile patrol boat at Toejo Dong on North Korea’s east coast.

South Korea: Another Roadblock to a Missile Defense System Rollout Is Removed

The South Korean Ministry of Defense said Aug. 3 that it would deploy the remaining Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) launchers in Seongju before the completion of an environment assessment if told to do so by the South Korean government. Two of the six launchers in the system are already in place, but South Korean President Moon Jae In suspended the remaining four on June 8 pending the environmental assessment...

UNSCR 2371: An Invitation to Evasion

By: Joseph DeThomas

August 7, 2017

There are a few good things to say about the UN Security Council’s adoption of Resolution 2371, which increases sanctions on North Korea. The most important one is that the US put in the time and effort to grind out a sanctions resolution that was passed unanimously. The resolution itself is also good news, given the state of US-Russia relations and the competing public chatter about China by the White House that seemed to close the door on further joint diplomatic efforts to tighten the screws on Pyongyang. The resolution is also a good alternative to more dangerous options, such as the possibility of preventive war, as was recently discussed in an interview with US National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster. But the resolution is being oversold and is unlikely to produce the kind of economic damage that its sponsors are advertising. Moreover, it opens new doors for successful evasion, which in the current environment—with a volatile US administration and high public alarm—could easily lead to sudden movements towards very dangerous over-reactions...

RUSSIA

Russia Finds a New Way to Wage an Age-Old War

War isn't what it used to be. Perhaps nowhere is this clearer than in Russia's ongoing struggle with the West for influence, which now seems to take place in the shadows as often as it does in plain view. With the dawn of the digital age, conflicts between great powers have spread from battlespace to cyberspace, something the Kremlin has embraced with open arms by honing its capabilities in hybrid warfare.

The term "hybrid warfare" may be in vogue these days, but it has been in practice for centuries. The Napoleonic Wars, revolutions across the Americas and the Cold War all featured it in one way or another by combining conventional and unconventional tactics. But the recent evolution of technology and mass media has reinvented the concept, changing its very nature with the introduction of elements like trolls, bots and hacktivists. Though there is some debate about the term's definition, hybrid warfare — at least for the purposes of this analysis — now can include the deployment of any number of tools in the cyber realm, in addition to traditional troops, paramilitary groups, punitive economic measures, political manipulation and the spread of propaganda and disinformation. And as the costs of conventional conflict have risen, so, too, has hybrid warfare's prominence as a tool in international relations…

The Front Line Drawn Across Russia's Backyard

Globalization has changed how we think about time, space and distance, but geography is still the same where it counts: national security. The former Soviet states lining Russia's border know this better than most, since their proximity to the eastern giant renders them more vulnerable to Moscow's hybrid warfare tactics than countries farther afield. Nations like Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova sit on the front line of Russia's lasting battle with the West for influence in the international system, and they are the countries most at risk of being caught in the crossfire.

Russia’s hybrid warfare tactics vary by country and region. There are three broad categories, or tiers, into which various Western or Western - leaning countries fall within Russia’s hybrid strategy - the former Soviet periphery, the European periphery and the core Western states.

Russia's goal within this first tier of states is simple: to weaken the West's influence while strengthening its own…. .

SYRIA

Turkey has sent six howitzers and tanks with military vehicles to its Kilis province, which borders the Kurdish-controlled Afrin region of Syria, Reuters reported Aug. 5.

MIDDLE EAST GENERAL

NOTHING SIGNIFICANT TO REPORT

MISC

GPS killed the radio nav in 2010, but a high-def version is set to return.

Sean Gallagher - 8/7/2017

Way back in the 1980s, when I was a young naval officer, the Global Positioning System was still in its experimental stage. If you were in the middle of the ocean on a cloudy night, there was pretty much only one reliable way to know where you were: Loran-C, the hyperbolic low-frequency radio navigation system. Using a global network of terrestrial radio beacons, Loran-C gave navigators aboard ships and aircraft the ability to get a fix on their location within a few hundred feet by using the difference in the timing of two or more beacon signals.

An evolution of World War II technology (LORAN was an acronym for long-range navigation), Loran-C was considered obsolete by many once GPS was widely available. In 2010, after the US Coast Guard declared that it was no longer required, the US and Canada shut down their Loran-C beacons. Between 2010 and 2015, nearly everyone else shut down their radio beacons, too. The trial of an enhanced Loran service called eLoran that was accurate within 20 meters (65 feet) also wrapped up during this time.
But now there's increasing concern about over-reliance in the navigational realm on GPS. Since GPS signals from satellites are relatively weak, they are prone to interference, accidental or deliberate. And GPS can be jammed or spoofed—portable equipment can easily drown them out or broadcast fake signals that can make GPS receivers give incorrect position data. The same is true of the Russian-built GLONASS system…

Hacker cracks smart gun security to shoot it without approval

Smart guns are supposed to be safer than traditional weapons. They're designed to only fire when paired with a second piece of technology that identifies the shooter, like an electronic chip or a fingerprint.

Supporters say they could stop accidental shootings or misfires. And they've been lauded by law enforcement to prevent criminals from using stolen or misplaced guns.
However, like any technology, they're not unhackable.
A hacker known by the pseudonym Plore doesn't want to put a stop to smart guns, but he wants the firearm industry that's increasingly manufacturing these devices to know that they can be hacked.

The model Plore hacked is called the Armatix IPI. It pairs electronically with a smart watch so that only the person wearing the watch can fire it. The devices authenticate users via radio signals, electronically talking to each other within a small range.

Plore broke the security features in three different ways, including jamming radio signals in the weapon and watch so the gun couldn't be fired, and shooting the gun with no watch nearby by placing strong magnets next to the weapon.

"Future smart guns might use different authorization mechanisms," Plore said. "But you'd want to make future smart guns robust against interference, intentional or unintentional, even if it doesn't use radio signals…"

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Officer Down


Deputy Sheriff Jason Garner
Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, California
End of Watch: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Age: 41
Tour: 9 years

Deputy Sheriff Jason Garner and civilian Community Service Officer Raschel Johnson were killed in a vehicle crash while en route to a previous burglary call at approximately 8:20 am.

The patrol SUV left the roadway near the intersection of Crows Landing Road and Seventh Street before striking a parked vehicle and dumpster. The collision caused the vehicle to become engulfed in flames.

Community Service Officer Johnson was riding along with Deputy Garner at the time of the crash.

Deputy Garner had served with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department for nine years. He is survived by his wife and four 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. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Like to speed...we got an app for that...

I've been in traffic court countless times. For a while I was a terror with a radar machine and it was really fun when people said, "I'll see you in court!"

My answer was always, "Thanks! I need the overtime."

Now I've been questioned by multiple defense attorneys over my time in court, and it looks like some lawyers are getting even more advanced.
Lead foot got you in trouble? Reach for your phone

THEN, the flashing police lights and miserable pull-over. It can happen anytime and anywhere: along rural roads, in speed traps, big cities or daily commutes.

A few new platforms have emerged to offer drivers a chance to fight back — by playing the courtroom odds and helping customers choose the most successful lawyers. While automated ways to fight traffic tickets have been around for a while — mostly serving to refer customers to law firms or simply paying charges through a court website — entrepreneurs behind the new platforms say they offer greater flexibility for payments and a deeper understanding of traffic violation and court data.

Off The Record is a Seattle-based platform launched in September 2015 covering 18 states including California, Washington, New York, New Jersey and Texas. Its mobile app links to a digital platform, connecting aggrieved drivers and local attorneys.

The startup idea formed after a group of friends, including co-founder Alex Guirguis, were pulled over when returning from a camping trip in Oregon over Labor Day weekend. Four cars in the group were pulled over at different times and cited for speeding.

The friends looked for a digital solution to finding local attorneys to fight the violations. They had little luck and ended up paying the tickets, he said. “We realized there was definitely an opportunity here,” Guirguis said.

Guirguis and his co-founders found estimates that about 40 million tickets are issued to U.S. drivers annually, and less than 5 percent are disputed in court.

Guirguis quit his software engineering job at Amazon and formed Off The Record in January 2015. The company recruits local lawyers to sign up. The attorneys set their own rates, court locations and expertise.

Drivers take a picture of their ticket and include other relevant information through the website or mobile app.

Clients are referred to lawyers, and the two sides can communicate over the secure platform or by phone and email. An attorney will make court appearances and file papers challenging the ticket. Off The Record charges attorneys a fee for each case they accept...

..When the company opened the platform in San Francisco, legal fees ranged from $195 to $1,100 to handle similar, routine violations, he said. Legal fees on the platform for San Francisco lawyers now average between $200 and $250, he said. Rates have also fallen in Silicon Valley courtrooms, he said.

Off The Record has about 250 lawyers and has handled about 5,000 tickets. It boasts a high success rate at reducing violations and preventing points from accumulating on a driver’s record...

Not knocking the app developers or the lawyers, but I'll lay money a lot of the success is from cops not making it to court. Unless the municipal or county attorney request a reset, it will be dismissed. But I gotta say I like it when someone sees a market and develop a service for that market.

K9 Down


K9 Diesel
Sebastian Police Department, Florida
End of Watch: Friday, April 28, 2017
Breed: German Shepherd
Gender: M
Cause: Heat exhaustion

K9 Diesel died after being accidentally left in his handler's patrol car at the Brevard County Courthouse in Melbourne, Florida.

Diesel was discovered in the back of the SUV at approximately 7:30 pm.
Rest in Peace Diesel…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 7, 2017

Officer Down


Chief of Police Steven Eric DiSario
Kirkersville Police Department, Ohio
End of Watch: Friday, May 12, 2017
Age: 38

Chief of Police Steven DiSario was shot and killed while responding to reports of an armed subject outside of a nursing home on Main Street.

As he arrived on scene, he notified dispatchers that he had the subject in sight. As he made contact with the subject, he was shot and fatally wounded in front of the nursing home. The subject then went into the nursing home and murdered his girlfriend, who worked in the nursing home, and a second employee.

The subject was also found deceased inside the nursing home.

Chief DiSario had only served with the Kirkersville Police Department for three weeks. He is survived by his expectant wife and five 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. 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Alan Jackson at George Jones' funeral....

George Jones, aka The Possum, passed in 2013. His greatest hit was He Stopped Loving Her Today, an incredible love song.

I found this by luck, Alan Jackson performed his song for his family and fans. How the hell he made it through, I don't know. I was crying listening to this.

RIP George...

The Great Dane is finally in...

Growing up one of the few things any Saints fan could count on was our place kicker, Morten Andersen. Known as The Great Dane or Mr. Automatic, teams knew there was little chance of running out a ball on a kickoff because he always shot it 5 yards deep into the end zone. And this was before the league moved the kickoff point to the 35 yard line.

In his career he became the all time leading scorer in league history and a truly great man. Congrats Morton, talk about a man who deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

Here are some of his career highlights.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

North Korean ICBM development...

I've been fascinated by North Korea, from an intelligence standpoint, since I was stationed there 1988-1989. Damned, almost three decades ago, time is flying. Anyway, North Korea is starving, it's population is fleeing over the border with China, but they do have nuclear weapons. And are working on a delivery means as fast as possible. Good thing to know they can't build them that well.
Video Casts Doubt on North Korea's Ability to Field an ICBM Re-entry Vehicle

Michael Elleman July 31, 2017

With its second—apparently successful—flight test of the Hwasong-14 on July 28, North Korea may soon be able to field an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). However, a number of critical questions remain about how soon Pyongyang could field a reliable weapon, not the least of which is whether or not North Korea can shield a nuclear warhead from the rigors of re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere at ICBM velocities.[1] Video of the Hwasong-14 test has emerged that casts doubt on the North’s ability to do so.

The Japanese television station, NHK, has a weather camera mounted on the roof of its Hokkaido Prefecture affiliate, located in Muroran City. The camera looks east, across a bay, and in the direction where the Hwasong-14’s re-entry vehicle (RV) crashed into the sea, about 200 km from Japan. Based on the camera’s position, and the RV’s impact point, the camera’s view is obscured by the small mountain range located across the bay and the earth’s curvature when the RV is about 2 km above the ocean’s surface.

Screengrab from NHK footage capturing the Hwasong-14’s re-entry vehicle crashing into the sea. (Source: NHK)
Given the range, peak altitude and time of flight of the Hwasong-14 test, the RV is traveling at just over 6 km per second when it enters the atmosphere. At about 25 to 30 km altitude, the air is dense enough to slow and heat the RV. At about 20 km above sea level, the RV has become so hot that it begins to glow as its descent is recorded by the camera. It continues to slow and its temperature further rises as it approaches impact with the sea.

In the video, peak radiance—when the clouds reflect the RVs radiance resulting in a bright flash—occurs when it is at 6 to 8 km altitude, and a fraction of a second before it passes through or behind a layer of clouds. Soon after the flash, the RV descends to roughly 4 or 5 km altitude, where the frictional forces that slow and heat the RV reach a maximum. At this point, the RV appears to be shedding small radiant objects and is trailed by an incandescent vapor. At an altitude of 3 to 4 km, the RV then dims and quickly disappears. This occurs before the RV passes behind the mountain range and is obscured from the camera’s view, indicating that it disintegrated about the time it experienced maximum stressing loads. Had the RV survived the rigors of re-entry, it would have continued to glow until disappearing behind the mountains.

In short, a reasonable conclusion based on the video evidence is that the Hwasong-14’s re-entry vehicle did not survive during its second test. If this assessment accurately reflects reality, North Korea’s engineers have yet to master re-entry technologies and more work remains before Kim Jong Un has an ICBM capable of striking the American mainland...

And if this lack of performance is not going to go off well. Kim Jong Un is not a man to tolerate failure:

Kim Jong Un executes five senior officials with ANTI-AIRCRAFT GUNS for making fake reports that ‘enraged’ North Korean despot

...The National Intelligence Service (NIS) made the claims in a private briefing to politicians just days after Kim’s estranged older half-brother Kim Jong-nam was poisoned in a suspected assassination believed to have been ordered by the dictator...

...The North Korean leader ordered five senior security officials to be executed with anti-aircraft guns, according to South Korean spies
Anti-aircraft guns are believed to be one of the brutal methods of execution used in the authoritarian state...

...Now South Korean lawmaker Lee Cheol Woo has revealed the spy agency told politicians that five North Korean officials in the department of recently-purged state security chief Kim Won Hong had been executed by anti-aircraft guns because of false reports made to Kim...

Friday, August 4, 2017

Officer Down


Lieutenant Kevin Clyde Mainhart
Yell County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas
End of Watch: Thursday, May 11, 2017
Age: 46
Badge # 7

Lieutenant Kevin Mainhart was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop of a vehicle involved in a domestic disturbance.

He was responding to the domestic disturbance call when he encountered a vehicle connected to the call on Highway 27 and Slo Fork Road. During the course of the stop the subject fatally shot him. A passerby located his body and notified other deputies.

Additional units responded to the home of the original call and located two murder victims at the location. The subject surrendered to authorities after barricading himself in a nearby home for several hours.

Lieutenant Mainhart was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He joined the Yell County Sheriff's Department after retiring from the West Memphis, Arkansas, Police Department.
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. 

The USMC HyperSub

I gotta say, this looks interesting:





















The Marines Are Eyeing A Badass Speedboat That Transforms Into A Spy Sub

...As part of the Ship-To-Shore Maneuver Exploration and Experimentation (S2ME2) Advanced Naval Technology Exercise 2017, the joint rapid-prototyping demonstration intended to augment existing amphibious assault tactics with 21st-century emerging technologies, Navy and Marine officials are observing more than 100 high-tech prototypes in action. But the crown jewel of the exercises is likely a militarized version of the Hyper-Submersible Powerboat, or HyperSub, a sleek speedboat that converts to a submarine...

...Designed by HSP Technologies, the commercial HyperSub is nearly a decade old, but the company announced Wednesday that a militarized prototype, dubbed “Project X,” would hit the seas at this year’s S2ME2
(Ship-to-Shore Maneuver Exploration and Experimentation...yea, had to look it up! :<) )demonstration. Just 45 feet long and weighing in at 30,000 pounds, the HyperSub’s diesel engines power a 30mph surface cruise speed while hauling up to 6,000 pounds of cargo.

But below the surface is where things get interesting. As The War Zone points out, the HyperSub is a bit more cumbersome than the existing rigid-hull inflatable craft utilized by the Pentagon, and the HyberSub’s two Innerspace Corporation electric thrusters only enable a top speed of 6mph underwater for up to 12 hours. But compared to other ship-to-shore vehicles, the HyperSub is a true submersible, making it an ideal amphibious assault craft...

...This versatility makes the HyperSub ideal for reconnaissance and intelligence-gathering missions, a major emphasis focus of the S2ME2 exercise. From The War Zone:

One of the most obvious missions for a HyperSub with these systems would be special operations tasks, from infiltrating teams of elite troops to scouting hostile coastlines for secretive missions. The results of the tests at Camp Pendleton might spark interest within U.S. Special Operations Command, where seabasing and other maritime requirements are still emerging.

Marine Corps reconnaissance elements could be interested in the craft’s covert capabilities for reconnoitering landing sites before an amphibious assault and for forward deploying frogmen and special operations teams. On top of that, the HyperSub in its current form or the same basic layout in a larger incarnation could perform more conventional duties, like carrying Marines ashore during an amphibious assault or ferrying supplies to an established beachhead or forward base...

Glad to see the Ford class of nuclear carries online, something to build a fleet around, but good to know we can also field smaller end vessels for more directed missions.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

A few fries short of the happy meal....

One of the things I get to do as a street supervisor is review calls for service and see if they are legitimate incidents. Sometimes they are out of the district, they may be civil matters, and then we have classics like this:
"...I need help. There is a cult in the apartment complex, I was outside and now I'm sick...I want an officer to tell the cult members to leave me alone..."

OK...

I got to cancel this call, I think she's more the cause of her illness than a spell.