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A few entries that I’d like to bring are:
Bill Bratton Jumps the Shark, Says He Needs More Cops to Fight ISIS, because the Magic Word ISIS brings home the bacon every time. The video at the link shows anti-police brutality protestors engaging in civil disobedience at a recent Public ‘Safety’ meeting. The chairperson finally cleared the council chambers when the NYC Police Chief made his pitch:
Ironically, given what the protesters had to say, the commissioner said he had finally concluded after a year-long study that the NYPD does need more cops. At 34,000, it’s down 6,000 from his pre-911 high.
“The Department will be seeking additional officers,” Bratton said.
It was a 180 for Bratton, who last year said he didn’t need more manpower when the Council wanted to add 1,000 new officers, Kramer reported.
The commissioner was non-committal about just how many he needs, but one thing he wants is 350 more officers to fight ISIS and other terror groups.
“This is intended to address the changing face of terrorism that changed dramatically in 2014. When I appeared before you last year, the threat was primarily from al Qaeda,” Bratton said. “Certainly the ISIS threat has morphed significantly over the last year.”
The multi-million dollar question is whether Mayor Bill de Blasio will put more cops in the budget and if so, how many?
Digging back a bit in time, I found Smilin’ Billy on abcnews: ISIS: 3 New York Men Arrested in Alleged Plot to Join Terror Group, Feds Say, Feb 25, 2015
The video shows exactly how a compromised, corporate-funded press is easy as pie to manipulate through fear. Watch the scary ISIS footage, listen to the questions. “How many are there you haven’t caught?!?”
Quite exquisitely related is Margaret Kimberly’s (BAR) Media Silence on Libya, including:
“The ISIS story has been dumbed down to tired analysis about a clash of civilizations and whether or not Islam is a religion of peace. Muslims can be peaceful or warlike but the hand of American involvement and the silence about it is the real story.
Related to Billy Bratton: (heh): Bratton friend’s firm to get no-bid deal from NYPD
Now remember that Bratton was chief in LA forever, cops as brutal as hell. H e was made an ‘advisor’ in Oakland, and replaced Ray Kelly in New Yawk City.
“The department plans to sign the deal with Strategic Policy Partnerships to fulfill Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s mandate to fix community policing in the wake of the Eric Garner case.
The firm would help high-ranking officers mend community relations and enhance cadet training, among other tasks, according to a Dec. 19 notice in the City Record, the city’s official publication for procurements.
The consulting firm is run by Bratton friend Robert Wasserman. Bratton — who ran his own law enforcement consulting firm, the Bratton Group, before taking over the NYPD’s top job last January — raked in more than $53,000 while working with Wasserman on a contract with the Baltimore Police Department in 2013.”
DeBlasio, the Librul populist plus Billy B.: De Blasio forming legal team to fight ‘frivolous’ cop suits, Jan. 31, 2015
“The city will shell out $4.5 million to hire a legal team to specifically fight “frivolous” lawsuits targeting cops, a spokesman for Mayor de Blasio said Friday.
The move came the day after The Post exclusively reported that city lawyers actually paid $5,000 to a thug who menaced cops with a machete rather take his outrageous lawsuit to court.”
So Bill Bratton erupted in rage when he read the story in the Post, and even had a bout of the Blue Flu that kept him from the day’s promotion ceremony. Never willing to let a kerfuffle with Bratton go to waste when genuflection is in order, DeBlasio announced the new legal team. But at the end of the article, it also says:
On Thursday, Bratton had said that an anti-terror Strategic Response Group, or SRG, would be devoted to “advanced disorder control and counterterrorism protection” — and its members would ride around in vehicles equipped with machine guns and riot gear.
But O’Neill said Friday that the special squad would only be handling terror-related activities, while a separate group will deal with protests.”
Under the category of Scary, media freakout themes is also: Iran is close to getting nukes!!!
And right on cue with the Senators (R’s, I believe) trying to derail nuke talks with that nation comes this from the Washington Post: War with Iran is probably our best option by
Joshua Muravchik is a fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.
Endless lists of TINA, judging any deal a bad deal ahead of time, Iranians are sneaky bastards, ya know, but better than none) as per the sainted idiot Susan Rice, on and on…and ending with these gems:
“And finally, wouldn’t Iran retaliate by using its own forces or proxies to attack Americans — as it has done in Lebanon, Iraq and Saudi Arabia — with new ferocity? Probably. We could attempt to deter this by warning that we would respond by targeting other military and infrastructure facilities.
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