Empire State building shooting – UPDATED

24 Aug
The Empire State Building in New York City, ta...

The Empire State Building in New York City, taken from 5th Avenue. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The.45 caliber pistol had 8 rounds.  3 of the rounds were used on the dead victim, but 9 people were injured by gun shot.  At least 12 rounds would have had to have been fired to injure and kill that many people , so who shot the innocent bystanders if Johnson’s gun only held 8 bullets? -thetimetimes.com

Blomberg “Once again, there’s an awful lot of guns out there.”

Gun used is a .45 caliber pistol that holds 8 rounds.

Bloomberg “This has nothing to do with terrorism.”

Mayor Bloomberg “Construction worker saw something and said something.”

Mayor Bloomberg & Commissioner – 9:03 a.m shot former coworker 3 times

Stresses this is a preliminary investigation.

Shooter is Jeffrey Johnson, age 53

Dead victim was 41 years old.

Used 45 caliber handgun.

2 women and 7 men shot.

Officers in place as part of counter-terrorism efforts shot gunman.

Mayor Bloomberg – Gunman was fired a year ago, 9 people shot, shooter and one other victim dead. NYPD responded immediately, aided by brave civilians.

Eyewitness: 20 to 30 shots fired by gunman- NBC

Gunman ran from Empire State building across the street firing shots on Fifth avenue and 34th St. – NBC

Fifth Avenue shut down. – NBC

Gunman – wearing green with bag over his shoulder, caucasian. Police came out of shops as soon as thy heard shots fired. – NBC

Shooter used buckshot, requiring fewer shots to befired.  – NBC

NOT terrorism. Shooter  is a male in his twenties, and was fired yesterday. – NBC

Eyewitness says 3 people dead. People knocked down in stampede. “Five or six shots.” – NBC

Some people are now allowed to exit Empire State building but no one can enter. Waiting for Mayor’s press conference at 11 a.m. – NBC

2 dead, 8 injured, NOT terror related. – NBC.

Shooter is male, twenties – NBC

People in Empire State building not allowed to leave. – NBC

Many incorrect stories going around. – ABC

“It could happen anywhere.” – ABC

NYPD response time “unparallelled”  – ABC

NYPD had “scene contained in 15 minutes” – ABC

Not worried about any other shooters in the area.

ABC stresses FBI said this is NOT terrorism.

Two dead including shooter dead.

FBI “immediately” says NOT terrorism.

“a workplace dispute that spilled out onto the street.”

10 people injured, 4 shot.

LIVE Coverage – NBC

LIVE Updates – Reuters

There will be a police briefing at 11am according to a Reuters reporter. – Reuters

Two people killed in Empire State shooting: New York police source

NEW YORK | Fri Aug 24, 2012 10:09am EDT

(Reuters) – Two people were killed and at least eight were wounded in a shooting outside the landmark Empire State Building in New York City on Friday, according to a police source.

One of the dead was the shooter, the source said, adding that there was no apparent link to terrorism.

“I heard the gunshots,” said Dahlia Anister, 33, who works at an office near the 102-story Empire State Building. “It was like pop, pop, pop. It was definitely in a bunch.”

The victims were shot shortly after 9 a.m. on the sidewalk on Fifth Avenue outside the building in Midtown Manhattan.

The shooting broke out at the height of the tourist season outside one of New York City’s most popular attractions, startling tourists and commuters in one of the busiest areas of the city.

The building is two blocks from Pennsylvania Station, one of New York City’s main transportation hubs.

The United States has had two other mass shooting cases this summer. On July 20, James Holmes, 24, allegedly opened fire at a midnight screening of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 people and wounding 58.

On August 5, a gunman killed six people and critically wounded three at a Sikh temple outside Milwaukee before police shot him dead in an attack authorities treated as an act of domestic terrorism.

The Empire State Building was the world’s tallest building for 40 years from its completion in 1931 until construction of the World Trade Center. Following the September 11, 2001, attacks, it was again the tallest building in the city.

(Reporting by Lily Kuo and Mark Hosenball; Editing by Anthony Boadle and Bill Trott)

From Reuters Two people killed in Empire State shooting: New York police source

From NBC New York

Police say at least two people were shot outside the Empire State Building Friday morning.

Authorities said emergency personnel received a call about the shooting at Fifth Avenue and 34th Street just after 9 a.m.

The circumstances of the shooting weren’t immediately clear. The conditions of the people shot also weren’t known.

At least one person was seen being taken away in a stretcher.

Anyone traveling in the area is advised to expect road closures and detours.

Check back for details on this developing story.

Several people shot outside Empire State Building (Huffington Post)

NEW YORK — New York City officials say several people have been shot outside the Empire State Building and that the gunman is dead.

City police say three or four civilians have been wounded in the Friday morning shooting and that the shooter is dead.

A fire department spokesman says it received a call about the shooting just after at 9 a.m. Friday and that emergency units were on the scene within minutes.

The spokesman had no information about how many people were wounded or their conditions.

The shooting occurred at 34th Street and Fifth Avenue.

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Activist Richard Aoki named as informant | Center for Investigative Reporting

20 Aug

Video: The man who armed the Panthers (Center for Investigative Reporting cironline.org)

“The man who helped arm the Black Panthers in the 1960s turns out to have been an FBI informant, according to FBI files uncovered by journalist Seth Rosenfeld.

“A mysterious character who sported sunglasses even at night, Richard Aoki was a militant leader of the Third World strike and an activist with the Asian American Political Alliance at UC Berkeley.

“The revelation about Aoki’s role as an informant emerged from FBI files and an interview with the agent who says he recruited Aoki. Rosenfeld spent the last 30 years researching the history of the FBI and radicals in Berkeley for his new book, “Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power,” publishing tomorrow.”

Richard Masato Aoki, an early member of the Black Panthers, takes part in a protest near the UC Berkeley campus in 1969.
Photo: Lonnie Wilson, Oakland Tribune / SF

Activist Richard Aoki named as informant

Seth Rosenfeld, Center for Investigative Reporting

“The man who gave the Black Panther Party some of its first firearms and weapons training – which preceded fatal shootouts with Oakland police in the turbulent 1960s – was an undercover FBI informer, according to a former bureau agent and an FBI report.

One of the Bay Area’s most prominent radical activists of the era, Richard Masato Aoki was known as a fierce militant who touted his street-fighting abilities. He was a member of several radical groups before joining and arming the Panthers, whose members received international notoriety for brandishing weapons during patrols of the Oakland police and a protest at the state Capitol.

Aoki went on to work for 25 years as a teacher, counselor and administrator at the Peralta Community College District, and after his suicide in 2009, he was revered as a fearless radical.

But unbeknownst to his fellow activists, Aoki had served as an FBI intelligence informant, covertly filing reports on a wide range of Bay Area political groups, according to the bureau agent who recruited him.

That agent, Burney Threadgill Jr., recalled that he approached Aoki in the late 1950s, about the time Aoki was graduating from Berkeley High School. He asked Aoki if he would join left-wing groups and report to the FBI.

“He was my informant. I developed him,” Threadgill said in an interview. “He was one of the best sources we had.”

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Foreign and Domestic: Exposing America’s True Enemies – VIDEO

19 Aug


Open your eyes.

 

 

White House Press Corps Wonders When Obama Will Actually Take Their Questions – Huffington Post

18 Aug

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From The Huffington Post

The agitation appears to be increasing among the media as President Obama continues to avoid taking questions from White House reporters. On Friday, Obama’s deputy press secretary parried a series of volleys from the White House press corps, all of whom wanted to know when the president would break his over-two-month streak of not formally answering their questions.

The issue has edged its way into the media spotlight in recent days, especially after Obama spoke about the campaign on “Entertainment Tonight” and talked about his music tastes with a New Mexico radio station. That led to acid replies from ABC’s Jake Tapper and the “Morning Joe” team. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell also had a sharp exchange with Ben LaBolt, the Obama campaign’s press secretary, about Obama’s AWOL approach. On Friday, she repeated the line of attack with DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

On Friday, multiple reporters asked deputy press secretary Josh Earnest when Obama would appear next before them.

“I don’t have any scheduling announcements,” Earnest said. He contended that the press has actually “heard quite a bit” from Obama, who he said has been “talking to a number of reporters.” He also said that Obama had answered a question shouted at him at a bill signing from a White House reporter, and that the press had been able to air the president’s comments to

NBC’s Kristen Welker noted that Obama has been talking about things like his views on the song “Call Me Maybe.”

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Bath Salts; What is Really Going on Here? UPDATE: Synthetic Drug Crackdown & “Debtors Prison”

7 Aug

'Spice' -- a designer synthetic cannabinoid.

I missed this press release from justice.gov/dea published on July 26,2012 “DEA NEWS: Nationwide Synthetic Drug Takedown: 19 million packets of synthetic drugs seized and $36 million in cash .” In a Time Times article from July 7, 2012 called “Woman Gives Birth, Smokes Bath Salts, Violence Ensues; What is Really Going on Here?” I proposed that the news was reporting more “zombie attacks” caused by bath salts(that sometimes ended up not being associated with bath salts at all) in an effort to increase public support to ban the substances, which would then increase funding to fight the drug war. Bath salts are one of the synthetic drugs that were targeted by the recent DEA nationwide crackdown known as “Operation Log Jam.” Here are some facts from the press release :

  • This was the “First ever nationwide law enforcement action against the synthetic designer drug industry”
  • 90 people were arrested
  • Five million packets of finished designer drugs were seized.
  • $36 million dollars in cash was seized (Who says the drug war isn’t a way for government to make money?)
  • Since July 26, 2012, 4.8 million packets of synthetic cannabinoids have been seized
  • Since July 26, 2012 products to produce 13.6 million packets of synthetic cannabinoids (ex. K2, Spice) have been seized
  • Since July 26, 2012 167,000 packets of synthetic cathinones (ex. bath salts) have been seized
  • Since July 26, 2012 products to produce 392, 000 packets of synthetic cathinones have been seized
  • 2010, poison centers nationwide responded to approximately 3,200 calls related to synthetic cathinones and synthetic cannabinoids
  • 2011, poison centers nationwide responded to approximately 13,000 calls related to synthetic cathinones and synthetic cannabinoids, with 60% of the patients being 25 years of age or younger

Excerpts from DEA press release:

“Although tremendous progress has been made in legislating and scheduling these dangerous substances, this enforcement action has disrupted the entire illegal industry, from manufacturers to retailers,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “Together with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners, we are committed to targeting these new and emerging drugs with every scientific, legislative, and investigative tool at our disposal.”

While many of the designer drugs being marketed today that were seized as part of Operation Log Jam are not specifically prohibited in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), the Controlled Substance Analogue Enforcement Act of 1986 (AEA) allows these drugs to be treated as controlled substances if they are proven to be chemically and/or pharmacologically similar to a Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substance.  A number of cases that are part of Operation Log Jam will be prosecuted federally under this analogue provision, which specifically exists to combat these new and emerging designer drugs.

“DEA has used its emergency scheduling authority to combat both synthetic cathinones (the so-called bath salts like Ivory Wave, etc.) and synthetic cannabinoids (the so-called incense products like K2, Spice, etc.), temporarily placing several of these dangerous chemicals into Schedule I of the CSA. Congress has also acted, permanently placing 26 substances into Schedule I of the CSA.

While the DEA is supported by the above mentioned federal laws, a new one was signed by the president on July 9, 2012. The law is part of S. 3187: Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act  and places synthetic drugs in the Schedule I class, and would extend the amount of time allotted for the temporary scheduling of a substance as a schedule I drug to two years with a one year extension, in comparison to current law stipulating one year with a sixth month extension for temporary scheduling. It would also put “Unless specifically exempted or unless listed in another schedule, any material, compound, mixture, or preparation which contains any quantity of cannabimimetic agents, or which contains their salts, isomers, and salts of isomers…” in the schedule I class. Continue reading

Police use Taser on deaf crime victim | Kirotv.com

6 Aug

By KIRO 7 Investigative Reporter Chris Halsne

TACOMA, Wash. —

KIRO TV’s investigative unit has discovered Tacoma police used force to arrest and handcuff an innocent deaf woman after she called 911 for their help.

Instead of an apology, she ended up bloody and in jail for nearly three days without an interpreter before a prosecutor declined to press charges.  

After months of digging, investigative reporter Chris Halsne found significant discrepancies in the official police version of events leading up to Lashonn White’s arrest.

Late in the evening on April 6, White said she called for police assistance after a guest reportedly attacked her in her own apartment.

Deaf since birth, White used a special video-equipped phone, connected to a TV and a Web camera, to call 911. A certified American Sign Language interpreter on the other end verbally relayed White’s pleas for help to a Tacoma police dispatcher.

“I said, ‘Please hurry! There’s a person here beating me up,’” White explained to Halsne during a television interview last month.

A recording of White’s 911 call from that evening reveals her urgency.

“Right now! This is serious!”

“She’s fighting at me, then she chokes me. She’s coming right at me!”

Computer-aided dispatch (CAD) logs show Tacoma police officer Ryan Koskovich and his partner, Michael Young, were outside White’s apartment complex in about six minutes.

It also reflects that officers received texts along the way stating, “Person doing the hitting is a Sophia” and “Vict. is Lashonn White.”

In addition, it appears from internal police records obtained by KIRO Team 7 Investigators, Koskovich and his partner were repeatedly given information that the victim could not hear a thing.

On the 911 calls, White herself made it perfectly clear.

“I’m deaf.  I can’t hear if they’re out front knocking or whatever … I can’t—are they going to the front or back? Where are the police at?”

Dispatch: “They want her to go outside the front door.”

“Oh, they’re here? Okay, I’m on my way to meet them. I’m going right now.”

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