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Homeland Security Has Spent $430 Million on Radios Its Employees Don’t Know How to Use

by Theodoric Meyer
ProPublica, Nov. 21, 2012, 3:15 p.m.


Getting the agencies responsible for national security to communicate better was one of the main reasons the Department of Homeland Security was created after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

But according to a recent report from the department’s inspector general, one aspect of this mission remains far from accomplished.

DHS has spent $430 million over the past nine years to provide radios tuned to a common, secure channel to 123,000 employees across the country. Problem is, no one seems to know how to use them.

Only one of 479 DHS employees surveyed by the inspector general’s office was actually able to use the common channel, according to the report. Most of those surveyed — 72 percent — didn’t even know the common channel existed. Another 25 percent knew the channel existed but weren’t able to find it; 3 percent were able to find an older common channel, but not the current one.
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Readers may want to read the recent book called CLOAK and Gavel written by attorney Alec Charns.
It looks at how FBI agents work behind the scenes to get Supreme Court Justices appointed to the court, who reflect the American Corporation viewpoints.
Taxpayer funded FBI agents have also illegally phone tapped Supreme Court Justices to effect the outcome of court cases.

Vol. 2 No. 11 (November, 1992) pp. 187-188

CLOAK AND GAVEL: FBI WIRETAPS, BUGS, INFORMERS, AND THE SUPREME COURT by Alexander Charns. Champaign, Illinois: University of Illinois, 1992. 206 pp. Cloth $24.95.

Reviewed by David M. O'Brien, Department of Government and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia.

This engaging and often disturbing book sheds new light on the illegal and unethical activities of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), along with some Supreme Court justices' highly questionable associations and unethical collaboration with the bureau. Based primarily on FBI files, Alexander Charns, a practicing attorney, begins by recounting his eight year-long litigation battle to force the bureau to release under the Freedom of Information Act its files on the Supreme Court and individual justices. In addition, Charns draws on several of the justices' papers at the Library of Congress and, notably, obtained access to Justice Abe Fortas's papers, which are located at Yale University and closed to the public until the year 2000.

The obsession of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover with combating Communism and Left-wing "subversives" through infiltration, wiretapping, and bugging has been well documented elsewhere. But, the extent to which Hoover directed his campaign at the Court has not received much attention. That, of course, has been largely because the FBI's files have remained secret. And that is where Charns's persistence and research makes a genuine contribution. His story of the FBI and federal judges' collaboration remains far from complete, to be sure, due to the bureau's secret filing systems, destruction of records, and censorship of materials that have been made available. Yet, Charns reveals that Hoover made it a practice to try to curry favor with some justices, to promote or cut short the careers of others, and to otherwise influence the federal judiciary. Moreover, between 1945 and 1974 at least twelve justices were overheard in more than 100 wiretapped conversations and Charns establishes some highly inappropriate connections between Hoover and members of the Supreme Court and the federal judiciary.

Not surprisingly, as with much of the Washington community Hoover sought covert access to and influence in the Court. And as the Warren Court moved in more liberal directions when dealing with alleged Communists in the 1950s and then the rights of the accused in the 1960s, Hoover became increasingly concerned. Hoover persuaded Court employees to inform FBI agents about the Court's deliberations, for example, in the case of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. Later, he directed an investigation of Earl Warren and maintained files on Justice William 0. Douglas, among other justices, that included material obtained through unauthorized wiretaps. On the basis the latter material, according to Charns, Hoover may have dissuaded President Harry Truman from elevating Justice Douglas to chief justice in 1946. But, on this score Charns's evidence appears weak and circumstantial. And the competing influences and pressures on Truman when naming his friend Fred Vinson to the Court's center chair are greater and more complex that Charns concedes. In illuminating detail, however, Charns recounts how almost two decades later Hoover armed Representative Gerald R. Ford with his file on Douglas prior to Ford's bungled attempt to impeach the justice in the House of Representatives.

More revealing and disturbing is Charns's reconstruction of events in 1966 when Hoover managed to persuade Justice Abe Fortas, whom he once considered a "sniveling liberal," to keep FBI agents abreast of the Court's deliberations in a pending case. The case involved the bureau's unauthorized bugging of the hotel room of Washington lobbyist Fred Black, a close friend of Bobby Baker, who -- like Justice Fortas -- was one of President Lyndon Johnson's intimate associates. Although Justice Fortas recused himself from the case, this story of judicial impropriety comprises the heart of Charns's book and adds another chapter to the volumes already written about Justice Fortas's indiscretions and improper activities on and off the bench.

Page 188 follows:

Admittedly, as a relentless foe of the FBI and advocate-turned-author, Charns occasionally gets carried away. The significance of the FBI's assisting various justices in making travel arrangements, running background checks on potential law clerks and judicial fellows, or helping Chief Justice Warren Burger bring Oriental rugs back to the United States from England in 1985, for instance, appears highly debatable.

Still, Charns makes a strong case for his claim that "An FBI report on a nominee's background should be viewed with as much skepticism as reports submitted by other interest groups." (p. 130) He does so by revealing Hoover's directives in the 1950s to FBI field offices to identify potential judicial nominees who appear friendly to the bureau, and which turned up the likes of Potter Stewart and Warren E. Burger. Charns also highlights the importance of the FBI's uneven reports on judicial nominees and their selective use by the bureau, as well as the FBI's occasional memos to Department of Justice attorneys suggesting that they forum shop in order to have cases heard by judges known to be sympathetic to the bureau.

Finally, and even more disturbing than Justice Fortas's indiscretions and some other revelations, is the evidence Charns unearths concerning Chief Justice Burger's links with the FBI and federal Judge Edward Tamm (a former FBI assistant director) and their efforts to recruit former FBI agents as court administrators. Alas, Charns does not fully explore these connections or what he terms Chief Justice Burger's "hidden political agenda" (p. 124) in pushing reforms in the area of judicial administration. But, his book is the place for others to begin. And his documentation of the unethical and at times illegal activities of those within the FBI and the federal judiciary underscores his concluding recommendations that the working papers of both the bureau and the justices ought to be made public after a reasonable period of time. Unfortunately, Charns's book may well contribute to precisely the opposite result: former justices destroying or censoring papers before making their collections available as public records, just as has been the FBI's practice.

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Woman accused in fatal DUI crash is substance-abuse counselor
November 26, 2012 |  1:28 pm
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The woman accused of fatally hitting a pedestrian and carrying him on her windshield more than two miles worked at a Torrance recovery center as a substance-abuse counselor, the facility's president said.

David Lisonbee, president of Twin Town Treatment Centers, said 51-year-old Sherri Wilkins was hired at the Torrance facility in September 2011 after an internship through Loyola Marymount University. Wilkins is a chemical dependency counselor who worked with a small group that meets each evening for six days a week, Lisonbee said.

She was also recovering from addiction herself, Lisonbee said, but passed a background check and drug and alcohol screening when she was hired and showed no signs of relapse.

"There was absolutely nothing that gave us an indication that she was in a danger zone," he said. "We feel just absolutely appalled and horrified that this happened to both families. It's a horrible tragedy."

Torrance police say Wilkins struck Phillip Moreno, 31, as he was crossing the street at Torrance Boulevard and Madrid Avenue on Saturday night. Wilkins told officers she "panicked" and kept driving, said Sgt. Robert Watt, for 2.3 miles as Moreno was "partially embedded" in her windshield.

Other motorists managed to stop Wilkins at 182nd Street and Crenshaw Boulevard and got ahold of her keys, Watt said. Moreno still had a pulse when officers arrived, Watt added, but was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
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Husband Kills TSA Baggage Inspector in Murder Suicide at Cleveland Airport Parking Lot

A bagage inspector for the Transportation Security Administration was fatally shot by her husband Sunday morning in a murder-suicide at the Cleveland airport, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.
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#ProjectWhiteFox - Freedom of Information

By: TeamGhostShell on Dec 10th, 2012 
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Special thanks to Fisheye Placebo for the artwork. It will also become the team's new logo: http://i.imgur.com/nc6Av.jpg
Winter is here and so are we, to present Team GhostShell's last project. We've included plenty of surprises in this one, so hop on our bandwagon, we're going on an adventure!
#ProjectWhiteFox will conclude this year's series of attacks by promoting hacktivism worldwide and drawing attention to the freedom of information on the net. For those two factors we have prepared a juicy release of 1.6 million accounts/records from fields such as aerospace, nanotechnology, banking, law, education, government, military, all kinds of wacky companies & corporations working for the department of defense, airlines and more.
But before that, we need to talk a bit about a recent event that occurred and is/should be of great interest to everyone that uses the internet. The ITU (International Telecommunication Union) is hosting a meeting right now that may very well decide the fate of how the inet will be managed in the future. Basically the UN may very well give total power to the ITU on how to handle everything.
Anonymous has already initiated an operation on the matter called #OpWCIT (Operation World Conference on International Telecommunications.) Follow for more news here: https://twitter.com/opWCIT & http://twitter.com/OpBigBrother
The initiative for preventing the internet from turning into a governmental police-state has already begun by getting different websites/companies to 'deface' their own site with a message about it and why they're against it. GhostShell is encouraging this phenomenon as well. If you're liking this idea, feel free to do it too, regardless of who you are. Spreading the message and informing people about it is what matters.
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Can’t Drive Drugs Across Border? Try Launching Them with a Cannon


 Drug smugglers are using a new technique to get their product across the U.S.-Mexico border, Huffington Post reports.

Instead of risking the drive across, some smugglers are launching drugs over the border using a canon.

The Huffington Post wrote that 33 cans of marijuana were spotted in a field Friday near a border crossing near the Colorado River.

Agents found a carbon dioxide tank and 85 pounds of pot.

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Just a quick email informing those I have emails for to listen to the Pete Santilli radio show from 1 to 3 pm central time on December 13th & 14th. Pete Santilli will be interviewing Dr Judy Wood on those two days. Recently Pete Santilli has been exposing Alex Jones for his deceptiveness and his connections to CIA fronts like Stratfor. Here's a link: http://petersantilli.com/ listen to his past show where he lets it all out about Alex Jones and what he has learned about this guy.
Take Care Matt
December 13, 2012
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Adam Lanza’s Mother Taught Her Son How to Shoot…Then He Killed Her First


by Dr. Boyce Watkins

Adam Lanza was the kind of disturbed loner that you don’t want in control of any kind of weapon.   He was also a tech geek, which means that he grew up with a healthy dose of incredibly violent and realistic video games, like Grand Theft Auto, which allow you to carry a machine gun and kill everyone in the street for no good reason at all.   This week, the nation was shocked to see Lanza go into Sandy Hook Elementary School and murder 20 children and six adults in cold blood.  I wasn’t surprised at all.

Lanza shot his victims with precision, ruthlessness and efficiency.  This type of skill comes from knowing how to point, aim and reload when necessary.  It also comes from knowing how to hit the body point blank, multiple times, to ensure that the victim is dead.  I’m a 41-year old man, and I still don’t know how to do that.

Adam gained much of his killing ability from his mother, Nancy.   Nancy took Adam to the gun range when he was a child and showed him how to hit his target.  She continued to take him to target practice as he approached adulthood.  Nancy collected guns, all of them legally purchased, and kept them because they made her feel safe.  She probably died having no idea that her little chicken would come home to roost in such a brutal and violent way.

After surprising his mother with her own homicide, Adam then got into her car, took her guns and went to Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he murdered 20 children and six adults, all before shooting himself.   As his mother taught him over many years, Adam rarely missed his target.

My daughter ran across another version of Adam Lanza in “the hood.”  He was about the same age as Lanza, with the same degree of ruthlessness.  His aim was not as good, since he’d never been taught how to shoot. Also, his mother didn’t give him the gun he used to shoot a three-year old boy in the head, he probably got it on the black market.   Unfortunately for this young man and the little boy who now lives in heaven, they both grew up in a neighborhood where it’s easier for a black man to get a gun than it is for him to get an education.  Guns don’t kill people – irresponsible and neglectful social policies kill people.

When I created the “Building Outstanding Men and Boys” family empowerment series, I thought about the black Adam Lanzas that exist in communities all throughout our country.  I thought about how our children are merely products of what we feed them from the time they are born.   Like machines off an assembly line, they  enter the world with the psychological and spiritual programming they are given both inside the home and in our society.  We as a country CHOOSE to create young men who are willing to do horrible things to the rest of us, and the way we raise our children has a ripple effect on everyone they interact with throughout their lives.

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Authorities: At least 17 killed in prison break attempt in northern Mexico

A shootout during a prison break at a penitentiary in northern Mexico late Tuesday has left at least 11 inmates and six guards dead, authorities said.

Durango state Public Safety Department said guards foiled "a massive prison escape" at the Cereso No. 2 facility in the city of Gomez Palacio.

The inmates tried to climb the prison's back walls and when guards fired into the air to stop them the firefight ensued, a statement from the department said.

"The inmates started firing guns into the watchtowers and into custodian areas," it said. At least 17 people were killed.

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Guns and Mass Murder in U.S. Since 1966
UPDATED to include more extensive list of major events...
By Ernest A. Canning on 12/16/2012, 5:45pm PT  
"Yes, how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind."

- Bob Dylan, Blowin' in the Wind

In "High Cost of Willfully Misinterpreting the 2nd Amendment" we touched upon the price the American people have paid in lives, injuries and grief, as measured against the extraordinary profits of U.S. small arms manufacturers whose domestic sales of increasingly sophisticated weapons, including the AR-15 and AK-47 styled assault rifles, similar to the one used in the mass shooting in Newton, CT last Friday, climbed to 14 million guns in 2009 alone --- greater than the total number possessed by 21 of the world's standing armies combined.

As the nation reels in the wake of the latest horror at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, it seems a worthwhile task to take a quick look at a partial history of mass shooting events in the U.S., starting with the 1966 University of Texas massacre so that we can take stock of what our nation's strange fascination with guns and ammo has truly wrought --- with increasing frequency since the Federal Assault Weapons Ban expired in 2004...

Aug. 1, 1966 Austin, TX. Charles Joseph Whitman, a 25 year-old engineering student and former Marine, killed 13 people and an unborn child, wounded 32 others from a barricaded vantage point atop a tower inside the University of Texas. He was armed with multiple weapons. It took 90 minutes for police to break through the barrier and gun Whitman down.

Dec. 30, 1974 17-year old Anthony Barbaro, an honor student at Olean HS in Olean, NY, shot and killed three people and injured another using a Remington .30-30 rifle with a telescopic sight, a 12-guage shotgun and a smoke bomb. Barbaro hung himself in his prison cell on Nov. 1, 1975. Barbaro was a member of the school’s rifle team – something to think about when you hear NRA supporters advocating the arming of school administrators.

July 12, 1976 37-year old Edward Charles Allaway, a paranoid schizophrenic custodian at Cal State Univ. Fullerton, using a semi-automatic, .22 cal rifle, killed seven people and wounded two others.

Jan. 29, 1979 16-year old Brenda Ann Spencer, opened fire from the window of her home on students at the Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, CA using a Ruger 1/22 semi-automatic .22 cal. Rifle with a telescopic sight and part of the 500 rounds of ammo her father had given her for Christmas. She killed two people, including the school principal, and wounded eight children.

Aug. 9, 1983 Former postal worker Perry Smith, using a 12-guage shotgun, murdered the postmaster and wounded two employees in the Johnston, SC post office.

Dec. 2, 1983 53-year old postal worker James Brooks killed the postmaster of the Anniston, AL post office and wounded his supervisor with a .38 cal. pistol.

July 18, 1984 James Oliver Huberty, who told his wife he hated “children, Mexicans and the United States” opened fire inside the McDonald’s Restaurant in San Ysidro, CA using a Browning P-35 Hi-Power 9mm pistol, Winchester 1200 pump-action 12-gauge shotgun, and an Israeli Military Industries 9mm Carbine (Uzi) – all legally acquired. He killed 21 and injured 19 before he was shot dead by police.

March 6, 1985 12-year postal worker, Steven Brownlee, killed a supervisor and a co-worker and wounded another inside an Atlanta, GA post office, using a .22 cal. pistol

Aug. 20, 1986 Patrick Henry "Crazy Pat" Sherrill, a disgruntled US Postal Service employee, sealed off exits of the Edmond, OK Post Office, then murdered 14 co-workers, including a supervisor who had disciplined him, and wounded six using two Remington M1911 .45 cal. semi-automatic pistols and a .22 cal. Ruger semi-automatic pistol. Sherrill then committed suicide.

Following that attack, a new phrase was coined: "going postal."

Nov. 26, 1985 14-year old Heather Smith, after breaking up with her 14-year old boyfriend, returned to school with a .22 cal. Rifle to Spanaway Jr. HS in Spanaway, WA. She fatally shot her boyfriend and also shot his friend, who later died. When later confronted by police, she shot herself in the head.

Jan 17, 1989 Bearing a grudge against Asian immigrants, Patrick Edward Purdy opened fire inside the Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, CA using a legally acquired AK-47 assault rifle and two pistols. He fired a total of 106 rounds, killing eight and wounding 30 before he took his own life.

Aug. 11, 1989 John Merlin Taylor, a 52-year old, 27-year veteran of the postal service with no disciplinary record murdered his wife and drove to his place of work, the Orange Glen post office in Escondido, CA where he shot and killed two co-workers with whom he normally drank coffee in the mornings, before shooting himself in the head.

Sept 14, 1989 Using a Chinese-made AK-47 assault rifle, two MAC-11 assault pistols, .38 revolver, and a Sig Sauer 9mm pistol, all legally acquired, Joseph T. Wesbecker , a man with a history of mental illness, killed 8 people and wounded 12 inside the Standard Gravure Corp. printing plant in Louisville, KY before taking his own life.

June 18, 1990 James Edward Pough, upset that his Pontiac Grand Am had been repossessed, murdered nine and wounded four employees and customers of the General Motors Acceptance Corp. in Jacksonville, FL using a .30 cal M-1 carbine and a .38 revolver. He then killed himself.

Oct. 10, 1991 Former postal worker James Harris, after stockpiling automatic weapons, grenades and ninja swords, killed his former supervisor with a 3-foot samurai sword in her home, shot her fiancé, and then drove to the Montville, NJ post office where he shot and killed two postal workers.

Oct. 16, 1991 35-year old George Hennard, an unemployed merchant seaman, rammed his pickup truck into the Luby’s cafeteria in Killeen, TX, and then murdered 28 people and wounded 20 others using a Glock 17 and a Ruger P89. After exchanging gunfire with the police, Hennard committed suicide.

July 1, 1993 Gian Luigi Ferri, a 55-year old failed entrepreneur, entered an office building at 101 California St. in San Francisco, sporting two Intratec TEC-DC9 semi-automatic handguns and a Norinco M1911 pistol. He took the elevator to the 34th Floor office of the law firm of Pettit & Martin, where he murdered eight people and wounded six before committing suicide.

Dec 7, 1993 Colin Ferguson, a native of Jamaica, opened fire on commuters inside a Long Island Railroad Train with a legally purchased Ruger P-89 9 mm pistol in Long Island, NY. Six people were killed; 19 wounded.

The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, named after President Ronald Reagan's press secretary who was almost killed during an assassination attempt on the President, went into effect on February 28, 1994 and provided for background checks before the purchase of some firearms sold by dealers (but not at gun shows). The Federal Assault Weapons Ban was signed into law later in the same year, on September 13, 1994.

Nov. 22, 1994 Armed with an illegally acquired Cobray M-11 assault pistol, Bennie Lee Lawson entered the homicide “cold case” office of the Metropolitan Police HQ in Washington DC, where he shot and killed two FBI agents and a police sergeant, while wounding another FBI agent before killing himself.

March 21, 1995 Christopher Green, a 29-year old former postal worker shot and killed two co-workers and two customers, leaving a third customer with a critical head wound inside the Montclair, NJ post office.

April 28, 1995 Armed with a Grizzly .50 cal. sniper rifle, SKS 7.62 assault rifle, .32 pistol and a 9mm pistol, Albert Petrosky murdered three people, including his estranged wife and a sheriff’s deputy, and wounded one inside the Albertson’s supermarket in Lakewood, CO.

Nov. 15, 1995 Angry over poor grades, 17-year old Jamie Rouse, using a .22 cal. rifle shot and killed a teacher and a student and wounded another teacher at Richland HS in Lynnville, TN.

Feb. 2, 1996 14-year old Barry Dale Loukatis at the Frontier Middle School in Moses Lake, WA, using a .30-30 rifle, a .357 cal. Pistol and a .25 cal pistol, killed his algebra teacher and two stundents; then held his classmates hostage for ten minutes before he was subdued by his gym teacher. He reportedly told classmates: "This sure beats the hell out of algebra, doesn’t it?”

Feb. 9, 1996 41-year old, African-American Clifton McRay former city beach worker in Ft Lauderdale who had been fired two years earlier, returned to the site of his former employment and gunned down five former co-workers with a glock 9mm Glock pistol. He said he intended “to punish some of the cowardly, racist devils.”

Feb. 8, 1997 16-year old Evan Ramsey, using a 12 gauge shotgun killed two and wounded two at the Bethel Regional HS in Bethel, AK

Oct 1, 1997 After he murdered his mother with a kitchen knife, Luke Woodhan drove to Pearl HS in Pearl, MS where he shot his ex-girlfriend and then opened fire on other students with a legally acquired .30-30 rifle. Three dead; seven wounded.

Dec 1, 1997 High school student, Michael Carneal, opened fire on students holding a morning prayer circle at Heath HS in W. Paducah, KY using a Ruger .22 pistol. Three students were killed and two wounded. Carneal also had two rifles and two shotguns, but he did not use those.

Dec. 18, 1997 After being fired by Caltrans for alleged theft, Arturo Reyes Torres, an avid gun collector, returned to the Caltrans Maintenance Yard in Orange, CA where he opened fire with a legally acquired, Chinese-made 7.62mm AK-47 assault rifle. Firing 144 rounds in just over two minutes, he shot and killed four people and wounded two before he was shot and killed by police.

March 24, 1998 Using a false fire alarm, 14-year old middle school students, Mitchell Scott Johnson and Andrew Douglas Golden killed four female students and a teacher and wounded nine students and another teacher, using two semi-automatic rifles, a bolt-action rifle and four handguns which they’d stolen from Golden’s grandfather’s house. The attack took place at the Westside Middle School in Craighead County, AR.

May 21, 1998 Kip Kinkel, who had been suspended from Thurston HS in Springfield, OR after a loaded .32 pistol in his locker, allegedly murdered his parents then drove to the school where he opened fire inside a crowded cafeteria, killing two students and wounding 25. He was armed with a Glock 9mm and both Ruger .22 rifle and pistol, which were believed to be legally purchased by his father.

July 24, 1998 Russell Weston, Jr., using his father’s legally acquired Smith & Wesson .38 revolver, shot and killed two people and wounded two more before himself being wounded by police inside the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC. Weston had a history of serious mental illnesss and believed he was being pursued by government agents.

April 15, 1999 Sergei Babarin shot and killed two people and injured two more inside the LDS Church Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT, using a Ruger .22 pistol. Although he had a history of depression and dementia and was on probation for a prior misdemeanor weapons charge, the Ruger was legally acquired.

April 20, 1999 High school students Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Kleebold, 17, opened fire at Columbine H.S. near Littleton, CO, killing 12 classmates and a teacher and wounding 26 others. Their weapons included the Intratec TEC-DC9, a Hi-Point 995 Carbine, shotguns, explosives and knives.

July 29, 1999 Using a Glock 17 9mm pistol and a Colt 1911A1 .45 pistol, both legally purchased, 44-year old day trader murdered thirteen people, three at home (his wife and two children) and nine inside two brokerage houses in Atlanta, GA.

Aug. 10, 1999 White supremacist Buford O. Furrow, Jr., fired 70 rounds with an Uzi-type submachine-gun inside the lobby of the Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills, CA wounding three children, a teenage counselor and an office worker. He then carjacked a woman’s Toyota at gunpoint, dumped it behind a motel and murdered US Postal Worker Joseph Santos with a Glock 9mm handgun.

Nov. 2, 1999 Armed with a Glock Model 17 9mm postol, Byran Ayesugi, an avid gun enthusiast, entered the Xerox building in Honolulu, HA where he murdered seven people. Police later discovered a collection of 11 handguns, five rifles and two shotguns at his home.

Dec. 30, 1999 43-year old Sylvio Isquierdo Leyva, a Cuban immigrant housekeeper at the Radisson Bay Harbor Hotel in Tampa, FL opened fire inside the hotel, killing four co-workers and then shot and killed a woman while trying to take her car during his escape. He had been arrested two years earlier in AL for stabbing an acquaintance. Leyva obtained the gun used in the hotel rampage at a flea market gun shop. The two firearms dealers, charged with violating federal firearms record keeping regulations were acquitted.

March 20, 2000 Robert Wayne Harris, using a 9mm pistol, shot and killed five people at the Mi-T-Fine Car Wash in Irving, TX after the manager refused to rehire him.

April 28, 2000 Immigration lawyer Richard Baumhammers, using a Smith & Wesson .357 revolver, went on a two-hour, 15 mile shooting spree in Pittsburgh, PA, killing five people.

Dec. 26, 2000 Michael "Mucko" McDermott, an application support employee at Edgewater Technology in Wakefield, MA shot and killed seven co-workers using an AK-47 variant, 12-guage Winchester 1300 shotgun, and a .32 cal Retolaza pistol. He was later found guilty of seven counts of first degree murder and is serving life without the possibility of parole.
June 21, 2000 Armed with a Beretta 9mm pistol and Walther .389 pistol, Stuart Alexander shot and dilled three sanitation inspectors at the Santos Linguisa sausage factory in San Leandro, CA.

Feb. 5, 2001 William D. Baker, a former employee of Navistar International Corp. in Melrose Park, IL was scheduled to serve a five-month prison sentence of stealing truck engines. Instead, he forced his way inside the plant, killing five and injuring four, before committing suicide. He was armed with an SKS 1954R rifle, 12-guage shotgun, Winchester .30 cal rifle and a .38 revolver.

March 5, 2001 Charles ‘Andy’ Wiilliams, a 15-year old high school student fired 30 rounds from an eight-shot revolver, stopping to reload three times, killing two classmates and injuring 13 others inside Santana HS in Santee, CA

Sept. 24, 2003 15-year old John Sason McLaughlin, using a .22 cal pistol murdered two fellow students at Rocori HS in Cold Springs, MN.

The rest of these took place after the moderate 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban on the sale of some semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines was allowed to expire...

March 21, 2005 16-year old Jeffrey Weise, armed with a .40 Glock 23 pistol, Ruger .22 pistol and a Remington 870 shotgun, murdered his paternal grandfather, a Sergeant with the Red Lake, MN police department, and his grandfather’s girlfriend, drove to the Red Lake HS where he shot and killed seven people on campus and wounded five others. He then committed suicide.

Jan. 30, 2006 Former postal employee Jennifer San Marco, using an S&W Model 915 semi-automatic pistol, shot and killed a neighbor and then drove to the mail processing plant in Goleta, CA where she murdered six employees before taking her own life.

March 25, 2006 28-year old Kyle Aaron Huff, armed with a Winchester 1300 Defender shotgun and a Ruger P944 .40 cal handgun, opened fire on a rave afterparty in the southest part of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, where he killed six people and wounded two. He killed himself when police arrived.

Oct. 2, 2006 Charles Carl Roberts IV, a 32-year old milk truck driver, murdered five Amish girls and injured five others before killing himself at an Amish school in Lancaster County, PA. Roberts used a Springfield XD 9mm handgun, a Browning BPS 12 gauged shotgun and a Ruger M77 .30-30 bolt action rifle.

April 16, 2007 32 people died when undergraduate Seung-Huyi Cho went on a rampage at Virginia Tech with a Walther P22 semi-automatic handgun and a 9 mm semi-automatic Glock 19 handgun. The mass shooting remains the nation's worst to date, even after the shootings in CT on Friday.

Dec. 5, 2007 19-year old Robert A. Hawkins, using a Century WASR-10 (a semi-automatic variant of the deadly, fully automatic Kalashnikov assault rifle) murdered eight people and wounded four in six minutes inside the Westroads Mall in Omaha, NE before taking his own life. In that time he fired more than 30 rounds.

Dec. 9, 2007 After being refused admission to the Youth With a Mission Training Center in Arvada, CO, 24-year old Matthew J. Murray murdered two people and wounded two with a semi-automatic pistol. Later, the same day, Murray, then armed with a Bushmaster XM15 .223 cal. Rifle, a Baretta .40 cal. Handgun and a Springfield Armory pistol, murdered three people and injured three inside the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO. before being shot and wounded by a former Minneapolis police officer, at which time he took his own life.

Feb. 14, 2008 Steven Kazmierczak, armed with three handguns, a shotgun and a knife, entered a lecture hall at No. IL Univ. where a lecture class attended by approx. 120 students was in progress. He murdered five, injured 21 and killed himself.

July 27, 2008 Former U.S. Army private, Jim David Atkinsson, who hated Democrats, liberals, African Americans and homosexuals, using a Remington Model 48 12-guage shotgun, murdered two people and injured seven others inside the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, TN.

March 10, 2009 Geneva County, AL: 28-year old Michael Kenneth McLendon, using a Soviet-made SKS, a Bushmaster AR-15 (made by the same company which manufactured the assault rifle used in the CT shootings), 12-guage shotgun and a .38 cal. handgun murdered 28 people, including two children, before engaging police in a shootout and then taking his own life.

April 3, 2009 Jiverly Antares Wong, a 41-year old, naturalized U.S. citizen, murdered eight people inside the American Civic Association immigration center in Binghamton, NY using a 9mm Beretta 92 FS Vertex Inox semi-automatic pistol and Beretta Px4 Strom .45 cal. pistol.

Nov. 5, 2009 Nidal Malik Hasan, a U.S. Army Major, who was serving as a psychiatrist, killed 13 people and wounded 29 others inside Fort Hood, a military installation near Killeen, TX using an FN Five-Seven Pistol and a Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum revolver.

August 3, 2010 34-year old Omar Shariff Thornton murdered eight people inside a beer distribution warehouse in Manchester, CT before shooting himself in the head. He used two Ruger SR9s.

Jan. 8, 2011 22-year old Jarold Lee Laughner killed six people, including a judge and a nine-year old child, and wounded 13 others, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), using a 9mm Glock 19 pistol during a public meeting in a supermarket parking lot near Tuscon, AZ.

Feb. 22, 2012 59-year old Jeong Soo Paek, using a legally purchased .45 cal pistol murdered four relatives inside the Su Jung Health Sauna in Norcross, GA.

Feb. 27, 2012 17-year old T.J. Lane killed three and wounded three others using a .22 pistol inside Chardon H.S. in Chardon, OH.

April 2, 2012 43-year old One L. Goh, armed with a semi-automatic handgun and 4 magazines of ammunition, killed 7 people and injured 3 at the Oikos University in Oakland, CA.

May 30, 2012 40-year old Ian L. Stawicki, using two legally purchased, .45 semi-automatic handguns, allegedly murdered four people inside a Univ. of WA-Seattle café, then shot another woman at a town hall and stole her SUV, which he abandoned when surrounded by police before fatally shooting himself in the head.

June 9, 2012 22-year old Desmonte D. Leonard, allegedly shot and killed three people, including two football players, and wounded three others, at Auburn University. Leonard, who was indicted by Lee County. AL after turning himself in was recently refused bail by the court.

July 20, 2012 James Eagan Holmes, a 24-year old graduate student, wearing body armor, entered the Century Theater in Aurora, CO, set off tear gas grenades before murdering 12 people and injuring 58 more using a variety of assault weapons, including two Glock 22 handguns, a tactical shotgun and a Smith & Wesson M&P rifle --- that manufacturer’s version of the AR-15. He also used a 100-round capacity drum magazine.

Aug. 5, 2012 Wade Michael Page, a 40-year old white supremacist and U.S. Army veteran murdered six people and wounded four others inside a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, WI with a Springfield XD(M) semi-automatic pistol.

Sept. 27, 2012 After losing his job at Accent Signage in Minneapolis, MN, Andrew J. Engeldinger returned with a 9mm Glock handgun where he shot and killed five people and wounded three others, before taking his own life.

Dec. 11, 2012 22-year old Jacob Tyler Roberts, wearing a load-bearing vest, opened fire with a stolen AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle inside a Clackamas, OR shopping mall, killing two people and injuring one in a hail of bullets before he died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Dec. 14, 2012 20-year old Adam Lanza murdered 27 people, including 20 children, aged six and seven, inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT using a .223 Bushmaster AR-15 and two handguns, all said to have been legally purchased and registered by his mother, Nancy Lanza, whom he also murdered, before carrying out the carnage and taking his own life at the elementary school.

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Anthony Cappello


Updated: December 21, 2012 2:25AM

An FBI mole who pleaded guilty this summer to a federal fraud charge may spend the holidays with family after a judge delayed his sentencing until next month.

Anthony Cappello, of Homer Glen, admitted he ran a phony woman-owned business called the Stealth Group to get more than $2.3 million in deals from City Hall. He told Judge Joan Lefkow Thursday he’s “deeply ashamed” of his crimes, and his attorneys asked the judge to give him probation.

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Thousands of records, but no answers for unsolved cases

    By Rick Spruill
 May 22, 2010

Unsolved Homicides

This story is part of our multimedia project Unsolved Homicides.

Click here to find more information on our investigation.

If you have any information about unsolved homicides, click here to contact local law enforcement.

After reviewing more than a half million homicide records from the FBI, the Scripps Howard News Service in Washington, D.C., found that more than 185,000 cases remain unsolved since 1980.
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Were US Marines Used as Guinea Pigs on Okinawa?

Friday, 21 December 2012 20:59 By Jon Mitchell, The Asia-Pacific Journal | News AnalysisGrowing evidence suggests that the U.S. military tested biochemical agents on its own forces on the island in the 1960s.

Newly discovered documents reveal that 50 years ago this month, in December 1962, the Pentagon dispatched a chemical weapons platoon to Okinawa under the auspices of its infamous Project 112. Described by the U.S. Department of Defense as "biological and chemical warfare vulnerability tests," the highly classified program subjected thousands of unwitting American service members around the globe to substances including sarin and VX nerve gases between 1962 and 1974. [1]

According to papers obtained from the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the 267th Chemical Platoon was activated on Okinawa on Dec. 1, 1962, with "the mission of operation of Site 2, DOD (Department of Defense) Project 112." Before coming to Okinawa, the 36-member platoon had received training at Denver's Rocky Mountain Arsenal, one of the key U.S. chemical and biological weapons (CBW) facilities. Upon its arrival on the island, the platoon was billeted just north of Okinawa City at Chibana — the site of a poison gas leak seven years later. Between December 1962 and August 1965, the 267th platoon received three classified shipments — codenamed YBA, YBB and YBF — believed to include sarin and mustard gas. [2]

For decades, the Pentagon denied the existence of Project 112. Only in 2000 did the department finally admit to having exposed its own service members to CBW tests, which it claimed were designed to enable the U.S. to better plan for potential attacks on its troops. In response to mounting evidence of serious health problems among a number of veterans subjected to these experiments, Congress forced the Pentagon in 2003 to create a list of service members exposed during Project 112. While the Department of Defense acknowledges it conducted the tests in Hawaii, Panama and aboard ships in the Pacific Ocean, this is the first time that Okinawa — then under U.S. jurisdiction — has been implicated in the project. [3]

Corroborating suspicions that Project 112 tests were conducted on Okinawa is the inclusion on the Pentagon's list of at least one U.S. veteran exposed on the island. "Sprayed from numbered containers" reads the Project 112 file on former marine Don Heathcote. Heathcote, a private first class stationed on Okinawa's Camp Hansen in 1962, clearly remembers the circumstances in which he was exposed.

"I was assigned for approximately 30 days to a crew in the northern jungles of Okinawa," Heathcote says. "I sprayed foliage with chemicals from drums with different-colored faces. As we did this, a guy came by with a clipboard and made notes. How better to run a test than to color-code each barrel?"

Heathcote believes the chemicals were experimental herbicides, including Agent Purple, a forerunner to the toxic defoliant Agent Orange. He says the spraying killed large swaths of the jungle — and took an equally devastating toll on his own health.

"Soon after I returned home, I underwent an operation to extract polyps from my nose. The doctors removed enough to fill a cup. Plus they diagnosed me with bronchitis and sinusitis connected to chemical exposure," said Heathcote.

The records of the 267th  Chemical Platoon were first uncovered by Michelle Gatz, the Minnesota-based veterans services officer who has also been at the forefront of investigations into the usage of Agent Orange on Okinawa. Gatz suspects that Heathcote may have been exposed to substances even more dangerous than defoliants. "Project 112 had thousands of sub-projects testing a variety of poisons, drugs and germs. It has been compared to an octopus with its tentacles all over the place — and one of those places was Okinawa."

Gatz and Heathcote are attempting to persuade U.S. authorities to disclose details of Project 112 tests on the island, but so far to no avail. The Defense Department was approached for comment on Nov. 5; as of Dec. 13, the Pentagon said it was still investigating the issue.

Due to the controversial nature of its Cold War CBW program, which many countries alleged breached the 1925 Geneva Protocol outlawing such toxic agents, the U.S. government has been reluctant to divulge details of Project 112 and similar tests. This reticence is particularly apparent in relation to Okinawa, where the U.S. military still controls approximately 20 percent of the main island, and where many residents oppose its presence. However, thanks to an investigation spearheaded by Gatz and Florida-based researcher John Olin - who uncovered the smoking gun of the Pentagon’s storage of Agent Orange on Okinawa [4] - the true history of America's CBW program on the island is gradually becoming clearer.

No sooner had the ink dried on the Treaty of San Francisco — the 1952 agreement ending the U.S. occupation of Japan while granting it continued control of Okinawa — than the Pentagon began to stockpile chemical weapons on the island. This was at the height of the Korean War. The island - in particular Kadena Air Base - was already operating as a launch pad for the conflict and the first consignment of its toxic arsenal was shipped to Okinawa under orders from Col. John J. Hayes, chief of the U.S. Army's Chemical Corps. [5]

At the same time as this top-secret delivery, the Chinese media began to allege that the U.S. Air Force was dropping biological weapons, including typhus and cholera, on North Korea. [6] Thirty-six captured U.S. airmen admitted to flying more than 400 of these sorties; many said the missions originated from American bases on Okinawa. [7] After the 1953 ceasefire, the U.S. military maintained that the confessions had been extracted by torture, and the now-repatriated prisoners renounced their claims. For its part, China countered that they'd been forced to backtrack under threat of U.S. court martial.

While the jury may still be out on Korean War CBW sorties from Okinawa, there is no disputing the island's role in the Pentagon's biochemical program in the ensuing years. Publicly available records show that the U.S. conducted bioweapons tests on Okinawa geared towards depriving potential enemies of food sources, particularly the staple crop of Asia's peasant armies: rice. In 1961, the U.S. military on Okinawa staged tests of rice blast, a highly infectious fungus that can decimate entire harvests. According to Sheldon H. Harris in his authoritative history of CBW, "Factories of Death," the tests on Okinawa were so successful that they led to a further 1,000 military contracts for herbicide research. [8]

One former U.S. Marine who believes he was unknowingly exposed to this batch of experiments is Gerald Mohler. In July 1961, at the age of 21, Mohler was ordered to participate in an unusual mission in the jungles near Camp Courtney, in present-day Uruma City.

"We were told to erect tents at a five-acre brown spot devoid of vegetation and sleep there for a few days. We received no training during that time. We just sat around and did nothing," Mohler said in a recent interview. "Nearby we discovered a stash of approximately 40 50-gallon (190-liter) barrels of defoliants. The odor was unmistakable."

Today Mohler has pulmonary fibrosis — a scarring of the lungs caused by exposure to toxic chemicals — and Parkinson's disease. "Were we marines used as guinea pigs on Okinawa?" asks Mohler. "I think so."

The Pentagon denies that herbicidal chemical agents such as the ones Mohler described were ever present on Okinawa.

In 1961, as the Cold War deepened, the U.S. initiated a comprehensive overhaul of its defensive capabilities in more than 100 different categories; No. 112 on this list was the study of CBW. Envisaged by President John F. Kennedy's secretary of defense, Robert McNamara, as "an alternative to nuclear weapons," Project 112 proposed experiments in "tropical climates" and, to evade laws regulating human testing in the U.S., it suggested the use of overseas "satellite sites." [9] Fulfilling both prerequisites, Okinawa must have seemed a perfect choice. In particular, the Northern Training Area in the island’s Yanbaru jungles must have been a particularly tempting target for U.S. scientists since it was (and continues to be) the Pentagon’s prime tropical guerrilla training center.

Throughout the late 20th century, rumors of Project 112 were widespread among U.S. veterans, but they were quickly dismissed by an American public unwilling to believe its government would test such substances on its own troops. However, following a series of TV news reports by CBS, the Pentagon admitted to the existence of Project 112 and promised to come clean on the issue.

That disclosure began in 2000, when the Pentagon claimed that there had been 134 planned tests, of which 84 had been canceled. The experiments it admitted carrying out included the spraying of troops in Hawaii with E. coli, subjecting sailors to swarms of specially bred mosquitoes, and exposing troops in Alaska to VX gas. The Pentagon stated that no participants had been harmed in these tests. [10]

Almost immediately, skeptics accused the Pentagon of attempting to pull the wool over the public's eyes. These allegations were supported by the General Accounting Office, [11] the congressional watchdog, which found the Department of Defense had not attempted to "exhaust all possible sources of pertinent information". One of the major omissions was its failure to try to retrieve CIA records - the Agency has long been suspected of being involved in Project 112. Even when the Pentagon did bother to investigate, for example at the U.S. Army’s Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, the department checked only 12 out of 1,300 boxes of documents

The Pentagon's failure to fully investigate Project 112 creates an immense hurdle for those seeking the truth about tests on Okinawa. "After more than 50 years of lies, secrecy and ever-changing stories, one cannot rely on any information the Department of Defense provides to Congress or the public. It is not known exactly what happened on Okinawa or which of these hazards might have been present on the island," says Olin, the researcher.

Olin believes the U.S. military has been too quick to dismiss Okinawan civilians' worries that they too may have been affected. His suspicions are supported by the GAO report which states, “DOD did not specifically search for civilian personnel -DOD civilian employees, DOD contractors, or foreign government participants - in its investigation."

During the 1960s and '70s there were a number of unexplained incidents on the island, including chemical-like burns suffered by more than 200 Okinawans swimming near U.S. installations on the east coast in 1968 and, two years later, a fire at Chibana munitions depot that sickened employees at nearby Zukeyama Dam.

Throughout the Cold War until 1969, Washington adhered to a strict policy of neither confirming nor denying the presence of CBW on Okinawa. In all likelihood, it would have continued to do so, were it not for the events of July 8 of that year. On that day, American service members were conducting maintenance on munition shells at the Chibana depot when one of the missiles sprung a leak. Twenty-three troops and one civilian fell sick from exposure to the missile's contents — likely VX gas — and were hospitalized for up to a week.

Considering the toxicity of such weapons, those exposed escaped lightly. Nevertheless, when the accident was reported, its ramifications were far-reaching: The Pentagon was forced to acknowledge its chemical arsenal on Okinawa — infuriating local residents — and promised to remove the entire stockpile before the island's reversion to Japanese control in 1972.

Operation Red Hat, the mission to transport the weapons off the island, was organized by the same man who had brought them to Okinawa two decades previously: John. J. Hayes (by then a general). It also involved the 267th Chemical Platoon, which had been renamed the 267th Chemical Company. During two separate phases in 1971, the military shipped thousands of truckloads of sarin, mustard gas, VX and skin-blistering agents from Okinawa to U.S.-administered Johnston Island in the middle of the Pacific. The consignments totaled 12,000 tons — a terrifying amount considering that many of these substances' fatal dosage is measured in milligrams. After the final shipment had left the island, Hayes assured journalists, "Every round of toxic chemical munitions stored on Okinawa has now been removed." [12]

The involvement of Hayes and the 267th company appears to tie the tale of Okinawa's CBW into the kind of neatly knotted circle loved by historians. However, new evidence has surfaced that Operation Red Hat was only the latest round in a long game of smoke and mirrors contrived by the Pentagon to hide the true extent of its CBW arsenal.

In 1972, one year after Operation Red Hat, marine Sgt. Carol Surzinski participated in a defense readiness class on Okinawa's Camp Kuwae, in Chatan Town. The training involved barrels of what appeared to be chemical weapons and, initially, she was told that the classes would help to identify substances that might be used against the U.S. military in times of war. Such practices were common on U.S. installations at the time, but what the trainer told Surzinski toward the end of the two-week course disturbed her. "The instructor finally admitted that we had to stay one step ahead of the enemy. We needed to learn what worked against them — and use it against the enemy if need be," she says.

Surzinski's account appears to contradict the Pentagon's claims that it had removed its entire CBW stockpile from Okinawa in 1971. In addition, it raises another question: What has happened to the barrels in the intervening years? Considering the U.S. military's poor environmental track record on the island, it seems likely they were buried. On the marines' Futenma Air Station in 1981, for example, a maintenance crew unearthed more than 100 barrels — some apparently containing Agent Orange — that appeared to have been buried at the end of the Vietnam War.

This year marks 60 years since the first delivery of chemical weapons to Okinawa; this month is the 50th anniversary of the launch of Project 112 on the island. However, the continuing illnesses suffered by U.S. veterans including Heathcote and Mohler suggest this problem is far from a purely historical matter — and only now are potential correlations between toxic munitions and illnesses among Okinawan residents coming to light.

In the near future, Washington plans to return a number of U.S. installations on Okinawa to civilian usage. However, just as former U.S. CBW storage sites elsewhere — such as the Rocky Mountain Arsenal and Johnston Island — remain dangerously contaminated, Okinawan land is likely to be handed back in a similarly toxic state.

Under the current U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement, the host government is solely responsible for the cleanup of former bases — a task that's expected to set Japanese taxpayers back hundreds of millions of dollars. With the true cost in terms of health and capital yet to be determined, there is a real risk that these weapons of mass destruction will poison not only the soil but also the Okinawan people and  American-Japanese-Okinawan relations for decades to come.


1. The Department of Veterans Affairs maintains a partial introduction to Project 112, and its accompanying CBW tests aboard ships, Project SHAD, here

2. “Organizational History - 267th Company” has now been uploaded for public access here

3. Factsheets describing some of the tests to which the Pentagon has admitted can be read on this Department of Defense site here. The site was last updated in 2003 - and Okinawa does not appear on it.

4. Jon Mitchell, "Agent Orange on Okinawa - The Smoking Gun: U.S. army report, photographs show 25,000 barrels on island in early ‘70s," The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol 10, Issue 40, No. 2, October 1, 2012.

5. Albert Mauroni, “Chemical and Biological Warfare: A Reference Handbook”, ABC-Clio, Santa Barbara, 2003.

6. For a concise summary of these allegations, see here.

7. Sheldon H. Harris, “Factories of Death”, Routledge, London, 1994, 129.

8. Ibid., 233.

9. Ibid., 232.

10. See information on the Department of Veterans Affairs homepage here.

11. The full text of the GAO report is available here.

12. “Operation Red Hat: Men and a Mission” - a 1971 Department of Defense documentary detailing the removal of these munitions - can be watched here.

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U.S. Border Guards Detained Mo Farah, Who Won Two Olympic Gold Medals Six Months Ago, On Suspicion Of Being A Terrorist

Mo Farah, gold-medal winner in the men's 5,000m and 10,000m this summer in London, hilarious celebrator, and world-famous meme, couldn't get through customs in Oregon over the Christmas holiday because he is of Somalian descent. That'll show him for beating us in the Olympics! (And also expose our border control as haphazard racial profilers.) He even showed the guards his gold medals, reports the Sun:

Mo Farah was quizzed by US customs on suspicion of being a terrorist - even though he had his two Olympic gold medals in his suitcase.

The Team GB hero, one of the world's most famous athletes, was hauled off for questioning after border guards saw he was born in Somalia.

Mo, 29, said: "I couldn't believe it. Because of my Somali origin I get detained every time I come through US Customs. This time I even got my medals out to show who I am, but they wouldn't have it."

Mo, who came to Britain with his English-born dad as a child, was pulled aside as he headed to spend Christmas with his family in Portland, Oregon.

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The Buck Stops (the Anthrax Shots) Here

An Air Force doctor may face court-martial for refusing a controversial vaccine

By Mark Thompson

Time Magazine

January 12, 2001

An Air Force officer has become the first military doctor to stand up to the Pentagon and refuse to take its controversial anthrax vaccine. Captain John Buck, an emergency physician at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss., on Thursday faced an Article 32 hearing — the military equivalent of a grand jury hearing — for refusing to obey the order, and is now waiting to hear whether he will face a court-martial that could send him to military prison for up to five years.

"It's a real pickle of a situation," Buck told TIME on Friday, saying the program would make sense only if it were voluntary. "This is the first time the military has incorporated medicine into our plan of national defense," Buck said. "But there are three foundations in medicine —science, trust and patient rights — and the mandatory nature of this program violates all three of them."

Last fall, Buck declined to take the first in a series of six anthrax shots after being ordered to undergo vaccination before deploying to the Gulf state of Bahrain. "If I was in an area that was being attacked with anthrax, I would take the risk of taking it," Buck said. "But no place has ever been attacked."

The Air Force doctor was concerned by reports that troops taking the vaccine had complained of autoimmune disorder symptoms, including fatigue and joint pain, that they blamed on the mandatory medicine. "I told my commander I would sign a waiver, go without the vaccine — I was not trying to get out of my duty," Buck said. "I asked them not to put me in this position because I didn't want something like this to affect my ability to practice medicine for the rest of my life." He was charged with "willfully disobeying a lawful command of a senior commissioned officer."

The anthrax shots are the Pentagon's effort to protect troops against a biological warfare threat, especially in the Persian Gulf region where Saddam Hussein's military has previously used nerve agents against its own people, and has conducted research into anthrax and other biological-warfare toxins. Both the Defense Department and the Food and Drug Administration claim the military's vaccine is safe and effective. Although the overwhelming majority of troops ordered to take the shots have submitted to the order, nearly 500 have refused, earning courts-martial and dismissals from the military.

During Thursday's hearing at Keesler, Col. Richard Griffith, the Air Force doctor who ordered Buck to take the shots, said Buck was earnest as he disobeyed his direct order. "I believe he is very sincere, that he believes what he is doing is right," the senior doctor testified. "I do not believe he is trying to subvert the mission." A military hearing officer is expected to rule in the next week whether or not Buck will face a court-martial.

Buck, 32, attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio medical school on a military scholarship, and is obligated to serve for four years, through June 2002. In addition to jail time, if convicted, Buck also faces dismissal from the military and the loss of all pay and benefits. "The military medical community has a responsibility to look out after the interests of their troops," he said, but he doesn't go so far as to advocate that his fellow officers and troops do what he has done. "My colleagues are in complete support of me," Buck said. "But everybody has to make their own decision and I'm not encouraging anybody to follow the same steps I've taken."

That, of course, is something the Pentagon may fear even more than anthrax.

Source: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,95088,00.html

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