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August 1, 2011 VIDEO: Christian Persecution: Muslim rapes Christian Toddler for Failure to Convert to Islam Neeha and her family lived in Islamabad, Pakistan just a few years ago. When Neeha’s father, a Christian, refused to convert to Islam his 2 year old daughter was kidnapped and mercilessly raped in a field. [HT: Hot Air]
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British philosophy professor shows ultimate goal of gungrabbers
Guns should be the subject of worldwide outrage. Their manufacture and sale should be a human-rights abuse, on which we pour vilification and horror. They should be illegal for all but properly constituted, trained and controlled agencies of governments, provided of course that the governments in question are themselves properly constituted and controlled by democratic means in a society where the rule of law obtains.
Big Brother is watching you: The town where EVERY car is tracked by police cameras
By Anna Edwards
Last updated at 9:01 AM on 30th July 2011
Wayne County, sheriff's office can't be sued over jail rape, court rules BY [url=mailto:JSWICKARD@FREEPRESS.COM]JOE SWICKARD[/url] Breaking with a 1996 landmark decision, a sharply divided Michigan Supreme Court said that Wayne County and its sheriff's office can't be sued by a woman who was raped by a deputy at the county jail.
The four-justice majority said that the jailor was acting outside his official duties, thus the county and sheriff's office could not be held liable because his conduct could not be foreseen.
The 34-page decision upended a unanimous 1996 state Supreme Court opinion that the employer was responsible in such cases. The four justices -- Robert Young Jr., Mary Beth Kelly, Brian Zahra and Stephen Markman -- said the early decision was wrong and unworkable because it lacks hard guidelines and forces judges and juries to reach decisions "according to their subjective whims."
Us and Them, People vs. Big Brother as they co-opt all state agencies into the federal cabal..
MONTPELIER, Vt. — A violent crime task force in Vermont is making inroads into firearms trafficking networks that link some of North America's biggest cities — and run through Vermont.
The eight-man unit, run by the Vermont office of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, includes lawmen from ATF, the Vermont State Police, the Addison County sheriff's department and the U.S. Border Patrol. Established four years ago, it added a Border Patrol representative in 2010.
On Oct. 1, a Rutland city police officer will join the group.
James Mostyn, resident agent in charge of ATF's Burlington office, says the task force has so far identified three U.S.-to-Canada drugs-for-firearms trafficking organizations and that the addition of the Border Patrol has made both agencies more informed about the flow of illegal drugs and firearms.
Vermont, which has few gun laws of its own, has evolved as a marketplace where guns are cheap and plentiful, making it attractive for traffickers in New York, Boston and points south as well as Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and points north.
(we can't allow them to get away with that free will crap now can we? ... the liberal cesspools of the east coast, guv bloomberg, canada using atf to strongarm vermont)
The corridor has three interstate highway ports of entry and miles of unguarded border.
(just ripe for fed.gov exploitation and 3 new divisions of atf agents, courtesy obama)
One suspected member of one of the trafficking organizations is in custody, charged with possession of stolen firearms. Authorities won't release his name because he is cooperating in the probe.
John Pfeifer, chief patrol agent for the U.S. Border Patrol's Swanton sector, which stretches nearly 300 miles from Maine to northern New York state, says the task force's work has improved the Border Patrol's intelligence gathering and helped identify places along the border that need more watching.
"Since 9/11, we're not just about immigration," Pfeifer said. "It's great to seize drugs, it's great to seize money. But we're really out there looking for terrorist activities. And when somebody can exploit the border — whether it's firearms, currency, narcotics or aliens — they can also exploit it for terrorism."
He said the task force is doing what no one else has, investigating gun-running across the northern border. He is lobbying Border Patrol higher-ups to devote a second person to the task force.
"Based on their investigative work, now we have targets identified in Canada that are doing other things, that are moving stuff back and forth across the border. And it improves our intelligence picture. What can we do to improve our operations to gauge those weak spots in the border?" said Pfeifer.
The unit, which has five ATF agents, handles criminal investigations, doesn't just focus on the border. It takes referrals from state and local police and develops informants in cases around Vermont.
"If things are going on at the border, our attention is up there with the international trafficking. Next day, if something comes up, "Hey, I got a call about someone selling stolen guns for drugs in Rutland, then we're going to go down there and work that," said Mostyn.
The inclusion of a Vermont State Police trooper and the sheriff's deputy have helped state and local police by adding an enforcement arm — the ATF — that can prosecute felons found to be in possession of firearms, since the state has no prohibited persons laws for that.
"It's a neat program," said Addison County Sheriff James Coons. "There's a real need because of the increase in violent crimes and drug crimes and drug trafficking. It's filling a need that really exists. It gives the sheriffs a seat at the table in working with the federal system and making streets safe in Vermont and giving them the resources necessary to combat the crimes associated with drug crimes and drug trafficking."
Among the convictions obtained through the task force's work:
— Rodney Mason, 49, of Johnson, drew a 33-month term in January for being a convicted felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. Mason was under investigation in another case when a detective went to his home to interview him and saw firearms in plain view. That led to a federal charge after Mason failed to cooperate with investigators in the other case.
— Jeremy Zullo, 22, formerly of Pittsford, was sentenced to more than 10 years for dealing cocaine, money laundering and possession of a firearm last October. He was arrested as part of a task force crackdown on Rutland drug dealers suspected to be trading firearms for drugs.
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