WASHINGTON, D.C. — The NYPD is examining ways to shut down cell phone calls in and around future hostage-taking scenarios without also shutting down the communications devices of the police trying to rescue them, Commissioner Raymond Kelly said at a congressional hearing yesterday.
Cell phones were simple tools used to deadly effect in the Mumbai terror attacks, Kelly told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs yesterday.
According to phone transcripts, the attackers received instructions and real-time updates about the officers amassing against them. Some of the phones they used for the calls apparently were taken from hostages. More here
It’s Daniel Burritt’s truck. It’s his land. It’s his personal religious belief.
It’s just not his legal right, says the New York Department of Transportation, to share that belief on that property, using that truck.
For the last 17 months, Burritt has stored supplies for his company, Acts II Construction, Inc., in a strategically parked trailer – on his private business property – facing traffic from both directions along U.S. Route 11. On that trailer, in large capital letters, is a message:
YOUR WAY OR GOD’S WAY? JESUS SAID, “I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE. NO MAN COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT BY ME.” WILL YOU SPEND ETERNITY WITH JESUS?
Not long after he posted that message, officials from the nearby town of Gouverneur tried to force him to remove it but backed off after Alliance Defense Fund allied attorneys contacted them. Then, in May of last year, Burritt received a letter from the New York State Department of Transportation accusing him of violating state law by posting his message without a permit. More than that, they said, the message-bedecked trailer was a “public nuisance.” Either Burritt could remove the message, or they would. Full story HERE
GARRISON – New York State Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting death of John Marcinak.
He was the 49-year-old Garrison tow truck operator whose body was found New Year’s Eve day along Route 9 in Garrison, not far from his auto shop. He had been shot several times.
Crime stoppers is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of helping to make New York State communities safer as they work with law enforcement, the media, the business community and public to accomplish that goal. Tips may be done anonymously.
Putnam County Sheriff’s investigators and deputies continue to conduct interviews and analyze forensic evidence in an effort to develop a suspect or suspects in the case.
They will be circulating fliers announcing the reward throughout the region.
Anyone with information may contact the Sheriff’s Office at 845-225-4300 or the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-866-313-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential. From MidHudsonMostWanted.com
MINEOLA, N.Y. —
Rope lines, numbered tickets and walkie-talkies for store employees could help control frenzied bargain-hunters, police said in a report issued after a Wal-Mart worker was killed in a Black Friday stampede.
Nassau County police released recommendations Wednesday, two weeks after meeting with 75 Long Island retailers about how to stage major sales events safely.
Retailers and police had debated who should take the lead on securing discount-hungry crowds after temporary Wal-Mart worker Jdimytai Damour was trampled to death the day after Thanksgiving in Valley Stream. More HERE
SEATTLE — The note from U.S. Attorney Jeff Sullivan to the U.S. Border Patrol was short and to the point: Stop sending petty marijuana cases to his office.
“It is our long-standing policy to use limited federal resources to pursue the sophisticated criminal organizations who smuggle millions of dollars of drugs, guns and other contraband across our borders,” Sullivan wrote in November.
Sullivan’s note is one in a string of flare-ups as the Border Patrol expanded its influence and manpower here in recent months. The marijuana busts had come from inland road blocks on state highways.
Sheriff’s offices, farmers, and a U.S. Congressman have all made their opinion about the patrol’s increased presence known, and not all of it has been friendly. More HERE
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) – The family of a worker trampled to death in a “Black Friday” crush of bargain hunters at a Long Island Wal-Mart store filed a wrongful-death lawsuit on Wednesday, claiming store ads offering deep discounts “created an atmosphere of competition and anxiety” that led to “crowd craze.”The lawsuit claims that besides failing to provide adequate security for a pre-dawn crowd estimated at 2,000, Wal-Mart “engaged in specific marketing and advertising techniques to specifically attract a large crowd and create an environment of frenzy and mayhem and was otherwise careless, reckless and negligent.”
Wal-Mart, the adjacent Green Acres Mall, a realty company that manages the property and a security company hired to patrol the property were all named as defendants. None immediately responded to phone and e-mail inquiries seeking comment. More HERE
By Fred Burton and Ben West – from Strafor.com
On the surface, last week’s attack on Mumbai was remarkable for its execution and apparently unconventional tactics. But when compared to a plot uncovered 15 years ago that targeted prominent hotels in Manhattan, it becomes apparent that the Mumbai attack was not so original after all.
The 1993 New York Landmarks Plot
In July 1993, U.S. counterterrorism agents arrested eight individuals later convicted of plotting an elaborate, multistage attack on key sites in Manhattan. The militants, who were linked to Osama bin Laden’s then-relatively new group, al Qaeda, planned to storm the island armed with automatic rifles, grenades and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). In multiple raids on key targets combined with diversionary attacks, they aimed to kill as many people as possible.
Criminal charges were possible, but identifying individual shoppers in Friday’s video may prove difficult, said Detective Lt. Michael Fleming, a Nassau County police spokesman.
Other workers were trampled as they tried to rescue the man, and customers stepped over him and became irate when officials said the store was closing because of the death, police and witnesses said.
At least four other people, including a woman who was eight months pregnant, were taken to hospitals for observation or minor injuries. The store in Valley Stream on Long Island closed for several hours before reopening. More here
I have to ask – what in WalMart is worth murdering for? In a civilized nation, there is no excuse for acting as savages just to buy the latest video game or Chinese import.
Christmas is a time when we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and it saddens me that there are savages who will maim, murder and generally act like idiots in the name of saving a dollar or two.
CBNNews.com – The government is warning law enforcement to be on the look out for a possible terrorist attack against New York City’s subway system during the holidays.
An internal FBI memo states that al Qaeda “in late September may have discussed targeting transit systems in and around New York City. These discussions reportedly involved the use of suicide bombers or explosives placed on subway/passenger rail systems.”
Such holiday warnings are not uncommon, though, CBN News Terror Analyst Erick Stakelbeck said. More HERE