+ Atlanta Police (Red Dog unit) cavity/strip searching minorities in public
+Phoenix ATF reportedly retaliating against ‘Project Gunwalker’ whistleblower
It’s Official: Southern Poverty Law Center Is Now Part of DHS
dhsAs the below document makes clear, Southern Poverty Law Center is Now Officially Part of DHS. The CEO of SPLC now sits on the DHS “Working Group on Countering Violent Extremism” along with the leaders of other So-called Non Government Organizations (but can we really call them such now that they are part of the government?) And select “law enforcement” officers such as the Clark County Nevada Sheriff, Doug Gillespie. What does the working group do? Make recommendations on training and how to use all of the local resources – police, social services, media, NGO’s, you name it – to fight “extremism. So, now no need to file a FOIA request to discover that SPLC is writing the reports naming constitutionalists as possible terrorists. Now it is in your face and the mask is off.
When you read the below document, keep in mind the current ordeal of the Irish family where their newborn baby was taken
based on an affidavit that notes the father’s “association with a militia group known as Oath Keepers.”. Pay attention to who sits on this panel (see pages 26-30), to who DOESN’T, how they plan on reaching DHS tentacles down into every level of society, and how they talk overtly about the need to utilize local SOCIAL WELFARE and MENTAL HEALTH agencies to counter “violent extremism.”. In other words, what is now being done to the Irish family
will be done all over.
This is the overt politicization of DHS, to use it against political enemies
I will post more on this later today.
ATF: Restrict Shotgun Imports to “Sporting Shotguns”
Posted on January 27, 2011 by Robert Farago
Click here to download a pdf of the recently released 2011 document ATF Study on the Importability of Certain Shotguns. Judging from the conclusion (page 14), only “sporting shotguns” need apply. “Our determinations will in no way preclude the importation of true sporting shotguns. While it will certainly prevent the importation of certain shotguns, we believe that those shotguns containing the enumerated features cannot be fairly characterized as ‘sporting’ shotguns under the statute. Therefore, it is the recommendation of the working group that shotguns with any of the characteristics or features listed above not be authorized for importation.” Make the jump for the list of “non-sporting” features on the ATF hit list.. [Thanks to Dave Yates for the link.]
These features include:
1. Folding, telescoping, or collapsible stocks;
2. bayonet lugs;
3. flash suppressors;
4. magazines over 5 rounds, or a drum magazine;
5. grenade-launcher mounts;
6. integrated rail systems (other than on top of the receiver or barrel);
7. light enhancing devices;
8. excessive weight (greater than 10 pounds for 12 gauge or smaller);
9. excessive bulk (greater than 3 inches in width and/or greater than 4 inches in depth);
10. forward pistol grips or other protruding parts designed or used for gripping the shotgun with the shooterfs extended hand.
Chief Turner: 'No Decision To Disband Red Dog Unit'
Officers Investigated After Strip Search
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Posted: 5:48 am EST January 28, 2011Updated: 1:44 pm EST January 30, 2011
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police Chief George Turner called a special meeting Friday with members of the department's Red Dog unit following allegations of inappropriate conduct by some of its members.
RAW: Atlanta Police Chief Addresses Red Dog Probe
Turner spoke to Channel 2 Action News reporter Eric Philips after the meeting. Philips was the first reporter to investigate the victims' claims and began piecing together the story after two men came forward and complained about possible officer misconduct during a June traffic stop on Fulton Street.
"There's a lot of stuff that's happening around that unit. I thought it was the right thing for me to do ... just bring them together and let them know what was happening," Turner said.
Atlanta police are currently conducting an internal investigation into the accusations.
"We're very close to concluding the investigation," Turner said. The three officers involved have been placed on administrative duty pending disciplinary decisions.
When asked whether he planned to disband the Red Dog unit, which has been under scrutiny before, Turner responded: "No. I’ve not made that decision."
In an exclusive interview with Philips, the passenger in the car said members of the Red Dog unit pulled over his friend's vehicle and forced the driver, Shawn Venegas, to pull down his pants on the side of the road in broad daylight. He says officers conducted a body cavity search for drugs on Venegas. No drugs were ever found, passenger Brian Kidd said.
“They went to his bottom part. That’s as low as you can go. I don’t think anybody should be subjected to that kind of search,” Kidd said. “I had to look away because I couldn’t watch my friend be done like that.”
Kidd told Philips that an officer also reached down his pants searching his private parts for drugs.
Venegas said he was so traumatized by the incident that he moved to another state.
"I feel molested, and I feel like I was raped," Venegas told Philips in a phone interview.
“There’s absolutely no justification under these or any other circumstances even, if they had shown any kind of resistance to the officers, to make Shawn take his pants and underwear down in the middle of a city street,” attorney Mark Bullman said.
Turner said he is taking the allegations seriously.
"They can be assured that we're going to do everything we can to get to the truth," said Turner.
Two of the three officers involved in the stop were also named in the infamous Atlanta Eagle bar raid that the city recently settled. Co-counsel on the traffic stop case, Dan Grossman, was the lead attorney in the Atlanta Eagle case.
“I’ve heard many stories from citizens who were stripped in public by Red Dog,” Grossman said.
On Thursday, Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos e-mailed a statement to Channel 2 in response to the accusations.
"The Atlanta Police Department is in the process of concluding the internal investigation into this matter. There is evidence to suggest that some of the officers' actions during this traffic stop were inappropriate,” Campos said. “As a result, Chief Turner intends to move swiftly to discipline some of the officers with actions - up to, and including, dismissal.”
According to the department’s website, the Red Dog unit’s mission is to provide a police presence in areas where drug sales and drug-related activities are prevalent.
“The Atlanta Police Department expects its officers to be truthful at all times, to follow all policies and procedures and to follow all of the local, state and federal laws they are sworn to uphold. Failure to do so will not be tolerated," Campos said.
AP reportedly has copy of Grassley letter to ATF
One of the ATF sources involved with “Project Gunwalker” (allegations by insiders from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that bureau management allowed guns to be transported across the border into Mexico and kept the authorities there in the dark) indicates management pressure is now being brought to bear against at least one suspected whistleblower.
I am told that an agent in Phoenix has gone on record that he is cooperating with the Judiciary Committee, that the ATF office there is retaliating, and that he needs help. I am told the best way to provide that help is for the media to call Grassley’s office and then run with what they are told.
I am told Sen. Grassley’s office has sent a letter to the acting ATF Director’s office and that the Associated Press has a copy of it—so that’s a question for reporters to ask Grassley’s people, as well as their AP colleagues.
I am told the Senate has already been provided with substantiating evidence that demands further investigation.
I’ve been in both email and telephone communication with several reporters of major news organizations, as has Mike Vanderboegh, who has been doing his own original reporting on "Project Gunwalker" on his Sipsey Street Irregulars blog. They are all unwilling to proceed unless they are put directly in contact with our sources or see documentation for themselves. As they are not in a position to provide whistleblower protection, the only safe approach is for the investigative reporters to do what has been repeatedly requested of them—take all of the information provided to date, contact the Senate offices Mike and I have identified, and start confirming what they can.
It’s like they don’t want to say anything until they can get the whole story, which won’t come out until public Senate hearings occur, and they want to be spoon fed instead of digging for themselves. But if they can just confirm that Senate offices are speaking to ATF insiders about the allegations outlined in my prior columns (see list at end of this article), or press their contacts at Grassley’s office or the AP about the alleged inquiry letter to ATF, those are both stories in themselves. To not report on that aspect of it, especially when people coming forward with allegations about wrongdoing are now in professional, if not prosecutorial jeopardy, is unconscionable.
I'm wondering how many reporters I've spoken with would be willing to go on the record and answer the question "Have you even called Senator Grassley's office yet?"
Powerful people are angry and scared. Our guys need light put on this, lots of it, and now. Investigative journalists: Investigate. Background information to bring you up to speed, including relevant questions to pursue, is in the following links.
The story so far:
* ATF source confirms ‘walking’ guns to Mexico to ‘pad’ statistics
* More information on ATF ‘walking’ guns across Mexican border
* Does Texas gun shop tie in with ‘Project Gunwalker’?
* Is ‘Project Gunwalker’ about to bust wide open?
* Open Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee staff on 'Project Gunwalker'
* ‘Project Gunwalker’ sources talking to Senate staffers
* Knox reports on ‘Project Gunwalker’
* ‘Project Gunwalker’ investigators: Watch for smears, focus on leads
* One question for ‘Project Gunwalker’ skeptics
* Sources, Timeline & Summary of the ATF "Project Gunwalker" scandal and the death of BP agent Brian Terry.
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