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This Administration goes after Blackwater…….

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The Blackwater (ne: Xe Company ) did a lot of business with the United States government and state and local law enforcement people during the Bush years……(it’s founder and ex-President was a Navy SEAL for 20 years )

But after Bush left..things got sideways……

The end came with the shooting in downtown Iraq several years ago by a Blackwater motorcade escort group ….that left Iraqi civilians dead……

While the Justice Department went after the players in that action..they got off due to the Sate Departments Special Agents actions…..

The political call went to the State Department to cut ties with the company…but that would take a long time simply because the Sate Department did not have the man power to provide it’s staff with personal protection in Iraq…..

Xe, in the meantime made a decision to exit the Iraq theatre security business on its own……

Most people don’t know that Xe/Blackwater provides realistic training for a lot of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies…..which has those agencies and it officers , agents and other staff as friends…..

With these charges…involving guns sent to Jordan circumventing US rules and regulations..the Justice Department is signaling that Xe/Blackwater  is not in the good graces of the current administration in Washington DC…..

We will see how this plays in the future…….

The former president of Blackwater Worldwide was charged Friday with using straw purchases to stockpile automatic weapons at the security firm and filing false documents to cover up gifts given to the king of Jordan.

Gary Jackson, 52, who left the company last year in a management shake-up, was charged along with four of his former colleagues, according to the federal indictment.

The prosecution opens a new front of the government’s oversight of the sullied security company. Several of the company’s contractors have previously been charged with federal crimes for their actions in war zones, but the company’s executives have thus far weathered a range of investigations.

Blackwater has been trying to rehabilitate its image since a 2007 shooting in Baghdad that left 17 people dead, outraged the Iraqi government and led to a federal charges against several Blackwater guards — accusations later thrown out of court after a judge found prosecutors mishandled evidence. Around the time that Jackson left the company, Blackwater changed its name to Xe Services.

The charges against Jackson include a conspiracy to violate firearms laws, false statements, possession of a machine gun and possession of an unregistered firearm. Also indicted were former Blackwater general counsel Andrew Howell, 44; former executive vice president Bill Mathews, 44; former procurement vice president Ana Bundy, 45; and former weapons manager Ronald Slezak, 65.

The case stems in part from a raid conducted by federal agents at the company’s headquarters in Moyock in 2008 that seized 22 weapons, including 17 AK-47s.

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April 16, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

If ya don’t like what they pass in Washington….Yell ‘States Right’s’!…..

[ In Utah, a bill by Representative Carl Wimmer, a Republican, would require the state to sign off on any federal health reform. ]

Weather it’s the upcoming Healthcare Bill, Gun legislation, Abortion or just about anything else……State legislators are starting to write their own laws……against the ones from Washington.

Now to fair…state have always done so……but the Federal Governments tend s to win the battle when the lawyers go at it……

With a contensious Healthcare Bill on its way to become law…things are getting interesting around the country…..

Gov. Mike Rounds of South Dakota, a Republican, signed a bill into law on Friday declaring that the federal regulation of firearms is invalid if a weapon is made and used in South Dakota.

On Thursday, Wyoming’s governor, Dave Freudenthal, a Democrat, signed a similar bill for that state. The same day, Oklahoma’s House of Representatives approved a resolution that Oklahomans should be able to vote on a state constitutional amendment allowing them to opt out of the federal health care overhaul.

In Utah, lawmakers embraced states’ rights with a vengeance in the final days of the legislative session last week. One measure said Congress and the federal government could not carry out health care reform, not in Utah anyway, without approval of the Legislature. Another bill declared state authority to take federal lands under the eminent domain process. A resolution asserted the “inviolable sovereignty of the State of Utah under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution.”

Some legal scholars say the new states’ rights drive has more smoke than fire, but for lawmakers, just taking a stand can be important enough.

“Who is the sovereign, the state or the federal government?” said State Representative Chris N. Herrod, a Republican from Provo, Utah, and leader of the 30-member Patrick Henry Caucus, which formed last year and led the assault on federal legal barricades in the session that ended Thursday.

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March 17, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Crime, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , | 6 Comments

If ya don't like what they pass in Washington….Yell 'States Right's'!…..

[ In Utah, a bill by Representative Carl Wimmer, a Republican, would require the state to sign off on any federal health reform. ]

Weather it’s the upcoming Healthcare Bill, Gun legislation, Abortion or just about anything else……State legislators are starting to write their own laws……against the ones from Washington.

Now to fair…state have always done so……but the Federal Governments tend s to win the battle when the lawyers go at it……

With a contensious Healthcare Bill on its way to become law…things are getting interesting around the country…..

Gov. Mike Rounds of South Dakota, a Republican, signed a bill into law on Friday declaring that the federal regulation of firearms is invalid if a weapon is made and used in South Dakota.

On Thursday, Wyoming’s governor, Dave Freudenthal, a Democrat, signed a similar bill for that state. The same day, Oklahoma’s House of Representatives approved a resolution that Oklahomans should be able to vote on a state constitutional amendment allowing them to opt out of the federal health care overhaul.

In Utah, lawmakers embraced states’ rights with a vengeance in the final days of the legislative session last week. One measure said Congress and the federal government could not carry out health care reform, not in Utah anyway, without approval of the Legislature. Another bill declared state authority to take federal lands under the eminent domain process. A resolution asserted the “inviolable sovereignty of the State of Utah under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution.”

Some legal scholars say the new states’ rights drive has more smoke than fire, but for lawmakers, just taking a stand can be important enough.

“Who is the sovereign, the state or the federal government?” said State Representative Chris N. Herrod, a Republican from Provo, Utah, and leader of the 30-member Patrick Henry Caucus, which formed last year and led the assault on federal legal barricades in the session that ended Thursday.

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March 17, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Crime, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , | 6 Comments

Washington D.C. voting rights held hostage by NRA stance on local Gun law……

The people of the nations capital have been trying to get right to vote (The Districts House member, Eleanor Holmes Norton, does not actually have the right to cast a vote in Congress) for a long time……they thought they might get there  with a tack on to the current Defense Spending bill being reconciled by the House and the Senate right now…..But that’s not gonna happen….Why?

It seems that nobody up on the Hill is gonna have the NRA mad at them…..The folks in DC had in place a restrictive gun law for its citizen since 1976…some one sued against it and the issue ended up going to the Supreme Court last year, which ruled that people have right to own arms….but ……”…the justices in the majority “are aware of the problem of handgun violence in this country” and believe the Constitution “leaves the District of Columbia a variety of tools for combating that problem, including some measures regulating handguns.”

So the District still has the ability to regulate gun ownership……something the NRA is against..

The whole issue is toxic…national democrats won’t touch it remembering how the NRA was able to muster votes against Al Gore in key state in his run for president……

So….The District’s right to vote remains held hostage to the NRA……..

October 28, 2009 Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Bloomberg and Guns Sales………..a month before the NYC Mayoral Election?…….

Mayor Mike Bloomberg an Independent…running on the Republican line has waged a campaign against illegal gun sales……not New York City…not even in New York State….But in Tennessee, Ohio and Nevada gun shows…….

The City and its Mayor will release a report with video showing how New York City investigators made gun purchases in which the dealers asked for little or no ID and  went thru with those sales even if the purchaser admitted that they probably couldn’t pass background checks……

The problem is …this is just a before an election that Bloomberg could lose (unlikely but)? …Second of all…this is simply not going to change a thing, in general, since outside of New York the gun issue is toxic, and no smart democrat is gonna get involved in it , since Al Gore lost critical votes because of it…..

Besides, what did they do with the guns they bought?….isn’t it illegal to lie about buying them?…if these poeple where NYC cops…they aren’t cops outside of the city and New York State, right?…..

October 8, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Crime, Law | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Guns and Presidental Events……..

A piece by Marc Ambinder on his Politics Blog kinda sums up my feelings about guns and Obama events……..Protection for the CIC at events extends out in three levels usually….the general area, which can be as much a mile in circumference, the immediate building or site, and the area around the man himself, which moves with him…….the outside area is controlled by local/state law enforcement with Secret Service input.  The site is usually controlled bey the Service, with local law enforcement . The protection around the man is controlled by the Service. While no protection is 100%, the chances of someone with a weapon getting thru the three zones is miniscule…….Ambinder is correct in pointing out that people showing up with guns at most locations are just a nuisance to then Service and local and state law enforcement, who must assign more manpower to keep those people under surveillance, while an event occurs………of course, the first time something happens with one of those people….the rules will change…because, no judge is gonna let someone fire a gun anywhere near a standing President, and not go to jail…………

August 19, 2009 Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment