Do We Need an Intelligence Overhaul?

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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No, I’m not talking about the Democrat Party. I think it’s too late for that bunch. I’m of course referring to our federal intelligence services which have become highly politicized, appear to only be interested in protecting the aforementioned democrats, and it seems have become less competent since they’ve become politicized.

The Sandy Hook massacre not withstanding, three of the latest most high profile mass-shootings/bombings have the FBI’s bungling fingerprints all over them.

The Sandy Hook, Adam Lanza, school shooting was bungled by local authorities. They were warned of Lanza’s behavior and threats, and failed to pass it off to the FBI, or similar authority. Locals are not equipped or adept at investigating potential situations prior to them happening.

However, there appears to be a pattern forming in the FBI’s ability or want to follow leads prior to the tragedies occurring.

The FBI failed to keep track of the Boston bomber, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, after they suspected he had become radicalized. The FBI interviewed him in 2011 as a person with terrorist ties, thanks to a tip from Russian intelligence, but never followed up, even after he had several times visited a known radical Islamic Mosque in Dagestan. Dagestan is known to have Islamist training camps.

According to a local police official, a case file on Tsarnaev was then handed over to the FBI along with a request for further information. However, the FBI never replied. read more

Motive For Shooters Meltdown Still Unknown

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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It’s now been three days after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. And still we seem to know little about the shooter, Stephen Paddock. Frankly the only thing we do know is that the people who seemed to know him best, like his family, were shocked at his obvious turn to the dark side. He has been described as standoffish, but that doesn’t make him a lunatic.

We know he was a real estate investor – appeared to be well-off financially. According to relatives he was worth about $2 million. Paddock owned houses in four states and was evidently not known by law enforcement in any of them.

His brother Eric said he was not political, nor religious. He owned guns, but according to Eric, he saw nothing like the one’s used during the massacre. He also said that despite his brother’s four homes, Stephen, the gambler, would stay at Casino hotels for up to four months at a time.

“In the final years of his life, Stephen Paddock was living out his retirement in quiet obscurity. He liked country music, relatives said, and went to concerts like the Route 91 Harvest festival where he killed so many Sunday night,” writes the Washington Post.

This one is a real head-scratcher. From what any of us have learned thus far, there appears to be literally no motivation for him to do what he did. read more

On the Anniversary of The Pulse Night Club Massacre

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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One year ago yesterday marked the first anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, where 49 people were slaughtered and another 53 injured.

Most, if not all, main stream websites acknowledged the anniversary. The interesting but predictable thing about virtually all these remembrances was that most did not actually mention the shooting. And only one, the New York Times, even mentioned that the shooter pledged his loyalty to ISIS.

The Times was doing a retrospective on one of the victims who survived, recounting the man’s injuries, so they had to recap the incident. They did get the closest of any to telling the whole story. “…Omar Mateen, motivated by the Islamic State, randomly riddled club-goers with bullets from an assault rifle and a pistol,” wrote the Times. Of course they also had to mention the guns, particularly the “assault” rifle.

Yet in none of these dozen or so anniversary reports was the word Islam or Muslim ever used. A few used IS and Islamic State in passing, but no more than that. read more

My WND Weekly Exclusive

World’s strictest gun control didn’t stop mass shooting

The gunman was originally described as an 18-year-old loner. Locals who knew him described the young man as a “quiet guy.” This was the description of the perpetrator of the latest mass shooting – this time in Munich, Germany. But we know so much more now.

Police described him as being “deranged” – waging terror in Munich as he gunned down six males and three females, ranging in age 13 to 45. But he was no German. No – news reports classified him as an Iranian-German. read more

Podcast – Germany Suffers a Terrorist Attack – Trumps Creeping Convention Speech

An 18 year old loner killed 9 and injured 16 in Munich Germany in another mass shooting event. It doesn’t appear to be ISIS-inspired this time, however this was no run-of-the-mill 18 year old whack-job. Reports claim him to be Iranian-German, which means he’s Iranian living in German. Find out more in segment one.

Segment two the discussion turns The Donald and his magnificent acceptance speech at the Republican convention. And it was good – well written and well delivered – and perfect for the casual watcher and listener. But to those of us who know what to look for, it was creepy and scary. read more

One Resort Understands the Meaning of Economic Jihad

by: the Common Constitutionalist

When we think of the words terror, terrorist and terrorism – the thing that most often comes to mind is horrific loss of life and destruction of property – and actually, property comes in distance second, as it should. Unless it is some ancient monument or structure, that once it is destroyed, it is gone for good – property can always be reclaimed and rebuilt.

But what about livelihood? When a terrorist attack occurs, we never discuss the potential economic effect it may have.

Naturally economic terrorism has no place being discussed in the same breath as death or injury, but don’t for a moment think that groups like ISIS, al-Qaeda, et al aren’t conscious of it. They surely are.

Why does ISIS have a cyber-jihad division? Is it protect their bank accounts, better secure emails and make snazzy websites? Of course not. They’ve had plans to infiltrate various countrys’ infrastructure networks since their inception. They and we, at least our intelligence community, know a cyber-attack on our power grid, water supply and communications could be devastating to a city or the nation.

Yet economic terror doesn’t have to be the result of a large-scale, coordinated master plan. It can simply come from a lone Islamist gunman. read more

Another Mass Shooting – Is It Terrorism?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Here we go again. Another mass shooting in the United States, yet this one appears to me to be different. Take a look at all the “mass” shootings  in the past 3-1/2 years, beginning in 2012, in America. I just picked that number at random. Discounting this latest incident, what do they all have in common?

NOV. 29, 2015: Colorado Springs, Planned Parenthood, single shooter 3 dead.

OCT. 1, 2015: Roseburg Oregon College, single shooter, 9 dead.

JUNE 18, 2015: Charleston S.C. Church, single shooter, 9 dead.

MAY 23, 2014: Isla Vista / UC Santa Barbara, single shooter, 6 dead.

APRIL 2, 2014: Fort Hood TX, single shooter (not Nadal Hasan – that was in 2009), 3 dead.

SEPT 16, 2013: Washington DC, single shooter, 12 dead.

JUNE 7, 2013: Santa Monica CA, single shooter, 5 dead.

DEC 14, 2012: Newtown Ct (Sandy Hook), single shooter, 27 dead.

OCT 21, 2012: Brookfield Wisc., single shooter, 3 dead.

SEPT 28, 2012: Minneapolis MN, single shooter, 6 dead.

AUG. 5, 2012: Oak Creek Wisc., single shooter, 6 dead.

JULY 20, 2012: Aurora Co (movie theater), single shooter, 12 dead.

APRIL 2, 2012: Oakland Ca. Oikos University, single shooter, 7 dead. read more

Unleash the Real First Responders

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Here we are in the aftermath of yet another mass shooting in America and the left can’t wait to pounce. As if it were scripted (and of course it wasn’t), a deranged white boy guns down a group of innocents in possibly the nation’s most historic black church.

Enter our dear leader, Obama, right on cue, to once again make this tragedy into an anti-gun rally. Yet, just as he did in the Cambridge police incident  , he begins his tired diatribe by admitting he doesn’t know all the facts of the case, but let’s get rid of all the guns anyway. That will solve the problem. Sure, he didn’t come out and say it, but everyone knows where he stands on the issue.

He also wrongly stated that these mass shootings happen more often in America than anywhere else. This is a patently false statement as he probably knows. Incidences of mass shootings/killings happen everywhere and invariably in gun free countries or gun free zones.

Apparently this bowl-headed little dirt bag had only a 45 caliber semi-auto pistol with the standard clip holding maybe 7 to 10 rounds. Reports are that he may have reloaded up to five times. read more

Armed Citizens Do Save Lives

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Recently Garen Wintemute, director of the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program, was quoted saying: “I think most people don’t want to be in a society where people have arms everywhere, particularly since there is no evidence that being armed is a benefit.”

Well, possibly to the surprise of some, I agree with Mr. Wintemute – that is, I agree with half his statement.

I too, as most Americans certainly would, prefer a country where no one has the need or even desire to arm themselves – beyond weapons for hunting. That would be wonderful and there is a place that has achieved this level of civility, peace and love for one another.

It’s called Heaven and its inhabitants are angels.

Unfortunately, this isn’t heaven, and none of us are angels, so we do what we must to try to assure that our loved ones and neighbors don’t get there prematurely. read more