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By Jana Winter
August 29, 2014
EXCLUSIVE: Social media chatter shows Islamic State militants are keenly aware of the porous U.S.-Mexico border, and are “expressing an increased interest” in crossing over to carry out a terrorist attack, according to a Texas law enforcement bulletin sent out this week.
“A review of ISIS social media messaging during the week ending August 26 shows that militants are expressing an increased interest in the notion that they could clandestinely infiltrate the southwest border of US, for terror attack,” warns the Texas Department of Public Safety “situational awareness” bulletin, obtained by FoxNews.com.
The three-page bulletin, entitled “ISIS Interest on the US Southwest Border” was released to law enforcement on Thursday.
“Social media account holders believed to be ISIS militants and propagandists have called for unspecified border operations, or they have sought to raise awareness that illegal entry through Mexico is a viable option,” states the law enforcement bulletin, which is not classified.
It notes that as of Aug. 26, no known credible homeland threats or specific homeland attack plot has been identified. But it cites suspected fighters from the terrorist group previously known as ISIS now based in Syria and Iraq as eyeing a border crossing.
“The identities of persons operating these accounts cannot be independently verified; however the accounts were selected for monitoring based on several indications that they have been used by actual ISIS militants for propaganda purposes and collectively reach tens of thousands of followers,” states the bulletin. “One account was verified as belonging to an individual located in Mosul, Iraq.”
Some 32 Twitter and Facebook posts monitored by law enforcement over one recent week reflected interest in the southern border, according to the bulletin. The messages, which were forwarded thousands of times, included calls for jihadists to cross over from Mexico to carry out attacks and even alluded to a recent video by U.S. activist James O’Keefe, who was recorded coming across the Rio Grande valley in an Usama bin Laden costume.
The bulletin details numerous “calls for border infiltration” on social media, including one from a militant confirmed to be in Mosul, Iraq who explicitly beckons the “Islamic State to send a special force to America across the border with Mexico.”
“This Twitter account holder, who is the administrator of an ISIS propaganda trading group, stated that the time was right for such an action because ‘the US-Mexican border is now open large numbers of people crossing,’” the bulletin said.
Another message sent out via Twitter suggested that Islamic State fighters have already entered the U.S. via the border, warning that, as a result, “Americans in for ruin (sic).”
27 Aug 2014
Reagan National Airport says no to public service ads deemed OK at 5 other airports
Project ChildSafe, run by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, is the firearms industry’s longstanding program to promote safe firearms storage. Since 2003, Project ChildSafe has partnered with law enforcement agencies in all 50 states to distribute more than 36 million safety kits, including cable-style locks. Now funded solely by the firearms industry and charitable donations from the public, the program in its early days was backed by a federal grant.
Project ChildSafe is not all that controversial. Even as anti-gun organizations appropriate the term “gun safety” for their own purposes, they have had trouble finding fault with what is a true gun safety program and are largely silent about it. As this was being written, we received word that the State of Utah has selected Project ChildSafe to provide some 30,000 of our kits per year for a three-to-four year program to groups that teach gun safety, health care providers and school districts.
Project ChildSafe Works. So in another way to reach out and inform the public, this year and next, travelers through some of our nation’s airports either have or will be seeing electronic and fixed advertising to promote the Project ChildSafe “Own It? Respect it. Secure it.” message. That is, travelers through all airports except for Reagan National Airport serving Washington. D.C. will be seeing these public service ads.
Five other airports have accepted or already run the ads – Hartford-Springfield, Las Vegas, Little Rock, Providence and St. Louis. But not Reagan National. Here, in the airport serving the nation’s capital, what had been routine purchasing of ad space for public service advertising ran into, you guessed it, politics. Said a knowledgeable person who tried to help this process along, “DC is a very political market and this is not something they want to be involved in. We tried every angle we could but they did not want to accommodate.”
Reagan National is administered by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, whose board is composed of political appointees. Calls to the Authority to even find the right person to talk with were unreturned. Remember, we only set out to buy some airport ads – the same ones five other airports accepted. Are we encountering a lack of transparency or accountability? We have a lot of collective experience with government agencies and it sure looks that way to us. And we’re not the only ones to think so.
The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee in report language for the Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development (it’s called TTHUD, in Capitol Hill parlance) noted: “The Committee has continuing concerns about the lack of oversight of the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (MWAA). A recent investigation by the DOT Inspector General (IG) found a number of cases of questionable sole source contracting practices, a lack of ethical disclosure requirements for board members, and an overall lack of accountability and transparency.”
We are committed to Project ChildSafe. We have a good number of organizations and companies that support us. Congressmen and Senators from both sides of the aisle, mayors and police chiefs have held public events across the country to bring public attention to the important issue of securing firearms in the home. The media cover these events.
So why can’t we run some public service ads for a few days at Reagan Washington National Airport? Why does politics come before safety? That’s only partially a rhetorical question. Not that we really expect an answer, we would still like to know.
By Leora Arnowitz
Published August 27, 2014
“Sons of Guns” star Will Hayden has been arrested again, this time for aggravated rape, according to documents sent to FOX411 by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office.
The allegations have prompted the cancellation of his Discovery Channel series.
“Given the serious and horrific nature of the charges against Will Hayden, we have decided to halt further production of ‘Sons of Guns’ and cancel the series,” the network said in a statement.
Hayden is accused of raping a minor “almost daily” since March 2013 and taking her virginity when she was 11 years old. TMZ reports the girl is Hayden’s daughter.
During an interview with detectives, the alleged victim said she did not report the sexual abuse because she was afraid Hayden would hurt her. The most recent abuse of the now-12-year-old girl occurred during July 2014, according to the documents.
According to police documents, the alleged victim claims that Hayden told her “don’t tell them nothing because I’m all you got.”
Hayden was booked on Wednesday and his bail is set at $250,000. There was a warrant out for Hayden’s arrest, and The Times-Picayune reports he was apprehended in Livingston as a fugitive from East Baton Rouge.
Discovery Channel’s reality show “Sons of Guns” follows Hayden and his Red Jacket Firearms company, which buys, sells, designs and rebuilds firearms.
The company distanced itself from the reality star on Tuesday, posting a statement on its website.
“Red Jacket Firearms LLC has initiated and received full legal separation as an entity, from William M. Hayden,” the statement read. “With heavy hearts, we will be continuing to operate and ensure the fulfillment of new customer orders, back orders and to provide support to those affected by these new developments.”
Earlier this month, on Aug. 9, Hayden was arrested for molestation of a juvenile and aggravated crimes against nature. He posted his $150,000 bond and was released. At the time, his lawyer told FOX411 the charges were stemmed from a conflict with a fired ex-employee who was seeking revenge.
His lawyer did not respond immediately to a separate request for comment on Wednesday.
Following the initial allegations, his daughter Stephanie Hayden Ford, who appears on the show with her dad, took to her Facebook page to deny reports that the hit series was in trouble.
“Guys the show is NOT cancelled! We so appreciate the outcry of injustice but [it’s] not true, I guess some [people] just need ratings… We are on a hold with filming while my family takes care of a few things. You guys are the best fans ever & we love you so much! Thank u for standing strong with us!”
Discovery channel declined FOX411’s request for comment.
A crew member from the long-running police reality show “Cops” was injured during a robbery on Tuesday night at about 9:20 p.m., Officer Michael Pecha, of the Omaha Police Department, told FOX411.
“There was a robbery in progress, and then there were shots fired and the robbery suspect died from gunshot wounds, and then a ‘Cops’ crew member was injured,” he said.
The “Cops” employee was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
The incident occurred while the suspect was supposedly attempting to rob a Wendy’s.
Officer Pecha had no further information about the current condition of the “Cops” crew member.
The reality series has been on the air since 1989. According to Fox 42 KPTM, the show has been filming in Omaha for the past month.
Spike TV did not immediately return FOX411’s request for comment regarding the crew member’s injury.
A daughter of working-class Polish immigrants goes on to discover what Fortune magazine dubs “The miracle in search of a market.” Dr. Stephanie Kwolek passed away Friday, June 20th at the age of 90. But her legacy is far from silenced. In the 1950s and ‘60s Kwolek labored for years in DuPont’s laboratory, eventually discovering the unique chemical recipe that came to be known as Kevlar. The material was a boon to many, but perhaps none more so than the men and women law enforcement officers who don the ballistic vest to go to work every day. Since the 1970s when it was first used in public safety body armor, about ten years after Kwolek’s initial discovery, about 3,000 officers have been saved from bullet wounds through the use of equipment reinforced with Kevlar, a material far stronger than steel.
It was not long ago the necessity to replace natural rubber and find alternatives to glass paved the way for modern polymer science.
“Kevlar…is one of the most important polymer materials and fibers that belong to the class called aramids,” says Rigoberto Advincula, Ph.D., Associate Chair and Graduate Chair of the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
In the mid-1960s Kwolek struggled to convert a solid polymer into a liquid form. She expected to get a syrupy mixture—something that was viscous and clear—but instead she kept getting an opaque substance.Next she and her colleagues performed a process called “spinning,” in essence using a kind of centrifuge to separate liquid. This is how DuPont would make fibers like nylon.
David M. Manuta, Ph.D., FAIC and president of Manuta Chemical Consulting Inc.; explains spinning yields a kind of separation. The liquid is removed and what’s left behind are the polymers. “If you can get them to line up just so, in what we call an ‘orientation effect’, you can make them (the polymers) as strong as you want,” says Manuta.
After about 15 years of laboring with the substance Kwolek was able to get the polymers to line up in parallel, and when the liquid was cold spun it produced a fiber of unusual stiffness. Tests performed in 1965 found this new substance, in which all the polymers aligned, was five times as strong as steel, of equal weight, and resistant to fire.
Kwolek told USA Today in 2007 “I never in a thousand years expected that little liquid crystal to develop into what it did”.
As a young adult just stepping into the work world, Kwolek had little formal education compared with the majority of company-hired scientists today. Without adequate funds to cover tuition to medical school, her first choice, Kwolek began work at DuPont in 1946 armed with a bachelor’s degree from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Institute of Technology.
The New York Times reported Kwolek was excited to go to work every day at the lab, where she worked for 15 years without a promotion before her breakthrough. She did not benefit financially from her discovery, but signed over patent royalties to DuPont.
“Marketing personnel at DuPont then embraced the challenge of finding applications for this unique formulation,” says Manuta.
Ellen Kullman, DuPont Chair and CEO called the ground-breaking scientist “a creative and determined chemist and a true pioneer for women in science.” In 1996 Kwolek became the company’s third scientist to win a National Medal of Technology of Science, just one of many awards. She was also an American Institute of Chemists (AIC) Chemical Pioneer awardee in 1980, and in 1996 was awarded the National Medal of Technology.
Federal Excise Tax Waivers Available for Those Affected by Northern California Earthquake
If your business has been affected by the Northern California Earthquake, you may be able to qualify for a late Federal excise tax filing, payment, or deposit penalty waiver. The Treasury Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) issued an announcement,available online here, that outlines the qualifications for such waivers and provides contact information for the National Revenue Center. According to the announcement, penalty waivers may apply to taxpayers whose place of employment is located in the affected area, and taxpayers whose records are maintained in the affected areas.
Published August 25, 2014
A federal judge in California has struck down a law that requires a 10-day waiting period for gun purchases, but only for current gun owners who have already passed a background check and those who have a permit or certificate of eligibility to own a gun.
Eastern District of California Judge Anthony W. Ishii said Monday that the waiting period provision violates the Second Amendment rights of those who have already been approved to own a gun. This includes those who have previously undergone a background check and own a gun, people with concealed-carry permits and people who have a state certificate of eligibility to own a gun.
First-time gun buyers would still be subject to the waiting period, which Ishii emphasized in his ruling.
“Given the nature of the challenges made, the Court emphasizes that it is expressing no opinion on the constitutionality of the 10-day waiting period in general or as applied to first time California firearms purchasers,” he said.
The Sacramento Bee reports Ishii stayed his ruling for 180 days in order to give California time to change the law.
According to the Sacramento Bee, the law was challenged by two California gun owners and two gun rights groups. In their lawsuit against the Department of Justice and California Attorney General Kamala Harris, they argued that the 10-day waiting period was unconstitutional.
“This is a great win for Second Amendment civil rights and common sense,” Jeff Silvester, one of the gun owners who was a plaintiff in the case, said in a statement. “I couldn’t be happier with how this case turned out.”
The other plaintiff Brandon Combs, who is also the executive director of the Calguns Foundation, also praised the ruling.
“California gun owners are not second-class citizens and the Second Amendment doesn’t protect second class rights,” Combs said. “This decision is an important step towards restoring fundamental individual liberties in the Golden State.”
Published August 20, 2014
Semi-automatic AR-15s are the latest weapon at the disposal of campus police officers in Compton, Calif., where school officials say the need to protect lives trumps critics’ claims of “deeply disturbing” militarization.
The K-12 Compton Unified School District approved a plan last month to allow specially-trained officers to keep the high-powered assault rifles in the trunks of their cars for use during emergencies. District spokesman Ron Suazo confirmed the new policy, referring FoxNews.com to a statement from Compton School Police Chief William Wu.
“Our objective is quite simple — we want to save lives,” Wu said. “These rifles give us greater flexibility in dealing with a person with bad intent who comes onto any of our campuses.”
Wu and district officials noted that eight other California communities and school districts already use the weapons, including Los Angeles, Santa Ana, Baldwin Park and Fontana. They’ve also been approved for use or have been purchased by other districts in Topeka, Kan., Gainesville, Fla., and Granite, Utah.
“These rifles give us greater flexibility in dealing with a person with bad intent who comes onto any of our campuses.”- Compton School Police Chief William Wu
“The goal — as always — is ensuring safety and, as a department and as a school district, we are committed to achieving that goal,” Wu’s statement continued.
Scott Mesa, police chief of the nearby Fontana Unified School District, said 2014-15 will be the second school year campus officers will have access to the rifles. He said he’s aware of two incidents last year during which they came into play, but were never pointed at any suspects. Both involved unfounded reports of a man on a campus with a gun, he said.
“We hope we never have to use them, but it’s one of those tools in place in case we do,” Mesa told FoxNews.com. “It’s in the event of an emergency. It’s a tool of police work.”
Most gun policy scholars contacted by FoxNews.com said they had little problem with the policy, citing notorious school mass shootings in Columbine, Colo., and Newtown, Mass., and the specialized training and artillery needed to respond during such incidents.
“I don’t see any problem with it, I don’t see why it’s bothersome to people,” said Prof. James Jacobs of New York University’s School of Law. “They’re not being displayed or brandished unless they’re needed. Would it be better if they had shotguns?”
Jacobs is the author of “Can Gun Control Work?” and said the weapons are indeed prudent in today’s environment, granted that they not be on display or brandished by officers while patrolling school hallways.
“Unfortunately, we live in a world where [school shootings] happen and police need to be prepared for all eventualities,” Jacobs told FoxNews.com. “We’re talking about long guns in the car in the event that they become needed.”
Ladd Everitt, a spokesman for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, strongly disagreed, characterizing the growing trend as “deeply disturbing” and symptomatic of how U.S. lawmakers have failed students.
“There is no other free nation in the world that would even consider this,” Everitt told FoxNews.com. “Why? Because they have tough gun laws on the books that make it impossible for clearly deranged individuals like James Holmes and Jared Loughner to legally (or easily) acquire firearms — and astronomically lower rates of gun death as a result.”
Francisco Orozco, a former student of the district and founder of the Compton Democratic Club, said the policy overly-militarizes school grounds, particularly when multiple accusations of racial profiling and excessive force by campus police officers exist.
“We feel it’s too much,” Orozco told FoxNews.com. “And the idea that there’s an imminent terror attack or mass shooting looming is totally unfounded. The school police are already capable of handling any situation without these weapons.”
Orozco, 23, graduated from the 26,000-student district in 2010 and has five relatives still learning from its educators. He fears it sends the wrong message to students, perhaps one that shows a “great lack of trust” on behalf of district officials and campus police, as if they have to heavily arm themselves for the country’s next mass school shooting.
“More weapons on campus are always a potential threat,” Orozco said. “It creates a false sense of security; more weapons does not always equal more safety.”
John Malcolm, senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, a Washington-based think tank, said he wouldn’t be troubled if his child’s school district began implementing the weapons into its security program. He also noted that some districts in states like Texas, Ohio and South Dakota allow for teachers to carry concealed weapons.
“The school officials and community members are tasked with keeping folks safe and they know their communities and threats better than anyone,” Malcolm told FoxNews.com. “I am certainly not going to second-guess a school official who believes these measures are prudent to take.”
- NSSF RESPONDING TO ATF PROPOSED RULE ON GUNS LOST IN SHIPPING . . . The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is requesting comments on aproposed rule change to require federally licensed firearms retailers (FFLs) to notify ATF and local law enforcement when guns they ship become lost in transit. This rule change was first proposed in 2000. NSSF opposed it then and opposes it now. ATF lacks statutory authority to impose this requirement since Congress only mandated reporting of lost or stolen guns when “in inventory” of the FFL. It makes little practical sense to impose this burden on the shipping FFL since the receiving FFL is in better position to know that a firearm ordered was not received. NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Larry Keane explained the industry’s position to CNN Money. NSSF is responding to the proposed rule change on behalf of the industry and urges individual members to do the same. Instructions can be found at the end of the Federal Register posting of the new proposed rule. NSSF will continue to keep you informed.
- NSSF CAUTIONS ON CALIF. DEPT OF FISH & WILDLIFE OUTREACH . . .NSSF is urging California retailers not to respond to California Department of Fish and Wildlife requests to discuss availability of non-lead alternative ammunition for hunting. NSSF is finalizing a study that includes analysis of alternative ammunition supplies, the impact of increased demand and economic impact of implementingAB 711, which bans the use of lead ammunition for hunting. The results will be presented at the Fish and Game Commission meeting on Sept. 17. NSSF has serious concerns about the apparent conflict of interest of Fish and Game Commission President Michael Sutton, delivering a formal letter asking that he remove himself from involvement in the drafting of regulations to implement AB 711, as well as any other issue related to lead ammunition because he is Executive Director of Audubon California and Vice President of Pacific Flyway.
- SUPPRESSORS FOR HUNTING IN FLORIDA GET NSSF STRONG SUPPORT . . . As many other states have done, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is considering adopting regulations to allow the use of suppressors in hunting, a proposal strongly supported by the NSSF in a letter sent to the commission last week. NSSF has long supported efforts to promote the use of these hearing-saving devices. Read the NSSF Florida letter. You can learn more about the issue of suppressor use in NSSF Fast Facts, Benefits of Using Suppressors for Hunting and Shooting.
- VISIT GUNVOTE FOR 2014 ELECTION INFORMATION . . .With November’s local, state and federal elections fast approaching, NSSF would like to remind all its members and the shooting public about our GUNVOTE initiative. Simply go tonssf.org/gunvote for up-to-date news on political races important to our gun rights. You’ll also find RSS feeds to Senate, House and Governor races, as well as links for voter registration, absentee voting information, polling places in your area and more. We also encourage all our members to download the free GUNVOTE button for use on websites, blogs and marketing materials. Don’t Risk Your Rights-Get out the GUNVOTE.