Members of a Washington DC Swat team who the BBC has learned were ordered not to respond to Monday´s Navy Yard shootings have yet to be contacted by the authorities. The Capitol Police tactical response team was told by a supervisor to leave the scene instead of aiding municipal officers, sources told the BBC. Meanwhile, the department has installed a new leader of the elite unit. No reason has been given for the decision. [Snip] The BBC has also learned that four members of the highly trained team have applied for temporary leave, as they "grapple" with the aftermath of
Comments: If these details are true, even if only partially, there is the distinct aroma of rotten fish permeating this aspect of the incident.
If these poseurs were "elite" they would have been in there hunting down the killer and saving lives. I don´t care how well they dress up like soldiers and how much time they spend on the target range, it´s what´s inside a person that counts
I read on Instapundit´s comments that the problem was likely jurisdiction. That seems stupid, but DC police are not allowed to go in guns blazing to a US military facility. Not sure how to fix that as those separations are pretty important.
But allowing members of the military to carry loaded weapons with the proper permits inside the facility would probably be enough to take out any lunatics before they kill too many innocents. Gun Free Zones are victim pens.
Capitol Police and Metro Police are different forces. Capitol covers 40 square blocks on Capitol Hill and are often called into incidents in neighborhoods around their jurisdiction. Metro tends to not show up unless the crime is illegal parking. Local residents call Capitol because they know they will respond. Capitol is often (always)compromised by politics. Capitol cops often get in trouble for doing the job they have sworn to do.
Another soft target. Any military base should be the last place a deranged killer would choose as a target. If trained military are unable to carry or even have a weapon available in their desk etc, who is? Time to stop all this political correctness crap that makes us sitting ducks. I can´t believe how stupid and dangerous these policies are.
This is asinine! When a murderer is on the loose, you do not tell the police to stand down. The way things are handled these days, the police are damned if they do and damned if they don´t. Welcome to a very dangerous PC world.
As noted above, DC has a multiplicity of cops with all sorts of jurisdictions.
This came up not long ago when the fellow displayed a firearm at Freedom Plaza ~ the Park Police picked him up over in Virginia ~ that´s because that area is federal, not DC Gub´mnt, and the Park Police are federal.
Here we had a dozen people murdered by a madman ~ and there was a SWAT team where there was probably a prior arrangement regarding incidents at Navy Yard ~ but nobody´d looked at it since WWII.
Remember, Navy Yard is/was a port facility with warships. No way the "Greatest Generation" would have required heavily armed police tgo stand on their thumbs while the Germans attacked from a submarine or something.
With the two building guards down the only jurisdictional problem was ´who holds the door open´ ~ if I had been on the scene all the cops would have gotten to go inside!
#9 is right. If we are ever going to have our country back, we must get rid of the MSM.
They are the main problem, funneling their stupid (and they are stupid!) opinions, or the propaganda spewing on order from the WH and Democrat party (no tinfoil hat here, remember Journolist? Think they went away?)- not facts- to the lo-fos who simply slurp it up like candy.
They are the tyrants here. They must be stopped if America is to survive.
Nothing will come of this, DC mayor is black. DC Metro Police Chief is white female. Case closed. The DC police should have concerned themselves with traffic control and let the more capable federal law enforcement, such as Capitol Police/SWAT, take control/command of the situation inside the Navy Yard - federal jurisdiction.
The criminality of the elite Washington controllers is beyond the imagination of most good, questioning, patriotic American citizens, so it is not bad advice to keep in touch again with old time patriots, survivalists, people who have been interested in this subject of America the Beautiful for many decades. Just look at the growing list of hundreds of witnesses, normal citizens, who have mysteriously died. Good starting place, look at Bill and Hilary´s first act in the Presidency: they slaughtered an entire building full of men, women and children at Waco, with no news men allowed within three miles of the human destruction. Why are no Benghazi witnesses coming forward (there are 30 of them) ? Could it be the threat of death? Just asking
Seriously, it´s looking more and more as if there´s some ´wizard´ behind the curtain directing all these missed opportunities, tepid responses and puzzling decisions. I´m mad as hell that these inexplicable things keep happening with no reasonable explanations from the ´powers that be´.
Come on, LDotters. This a puzzle which is easily solved. Ø was giving a speech. The SWAT team was on standby to protect the big Ø, since the entire country depends on his personal safety. Oops. I meant the entire world depends on his personal safety. Who else will send a thrill to Chris Matthews? Therefore the SWAT team could NOT be diverted from their principal duty, which is not the protection of the Capitol, not the protection of Congress, not the security of the Capitol grounds, but the personal security of the Won. Zero only has the Secret Service to defend him, after all. Such a puny force is clearly inadequate for a person who is so vital. Had the SWAT team intervened at the Navy Yard, another shooter might have been shooting at Zippy. Can´t have that. The stand-down decision was strictly political. Just like Benghazi. And we will never learn any more about it.
2 days ago a talk show host mentioned that the Swat team was told ´to stand down´! Well, I guess we have our own Benghazi over here. Please, do connect the dots what the clown was about to do: give a highly partisan speech against Republicans so that people should forget about his infantile handling of Syria. The only thing this empty suit can do and I don´t know why they bother, read off a teleprompter and go into campaign mode as if another person is responsible in the Oval! The shooting REALLY interfered with HIS schedule! As usual he did not know what to do, he is leading from behind! Witness even lefties comments on his callous remarks as he continued HIS agenda! This trash has to be endured 3 more years? NO! We can hold impeachment hearings, we have 30 members who are needed, it will stop this POS in his tracks even if he does not get impeached. Something we all know he should be. Actually he should have never set foot in the Oval!
As an aside, did anyone catch the uniform the D.C. police chief was wearing? Four tin stars on each shoulder board. A right chest displaying an array of medals an Army general fresh back from war might wear. Medals…. on a police chief?? And…bare-headed. If you are pretending to be military at least wear your cover when dressed in a formal uniform at a press conference. Geesh!
Or how about this simple explanation, 18. These shootings, body counts increased by a deliberate stand-down, serve a purpose. The more firearm violence, the more pressure to end the 2nd ammendment. Once the People are disarmed, Stinky the Tyrant´s Stalinesque or Mugabesque dictatorship will proceed apace.
Every regulatory agency in existence has become highly militarized in the last 5 years. Millions have been spent on outfitting these agencies with expensive SWAT gear and weaponry. There have been sporadic reports of mass purchases of "assault" rifles and hundreds of millions of rounds for these weapons by Homeland Security, etc. The days of Elliot Ness and his Tommy-Gun wielding Feds have been eclipsed by a myriad of agencies. One can only hope they got some training to go along with all that gear. I´m sick of witnessing the self-serving rounds of circle-jerk news conferences with senior agents congratulating one another on what great inter-agency cooperation resulted in no one agent shooting another agent. Meanwhile, the bad guy shot 12.
Last night I saw Upon a stair A SWAT Team that wasn´t there They weren´t there again today Obama told them to go away
When I came home last night at three No SWAT Team was waiting for me But when I looked around the hall There was Obama in all his gall Go away, go away, don’t you come back any more! Go away, go away, and please don’t slam the door... (slam!)
And in the meantime, why is the mass shooting of 13 people in a Chicago park last night, including a 3 year old boy who was shot in the head, not covered the same way as Columbine, Newtown, or the Navy Yard? Two black men with dreadlocks exit a car and open fire on a crowd of black Southsiders standing around in a park, and there is no hyperventilating. No CNN. No wall to wall all day coverage on the cable channels and the liberal media. Why? The firemen just hose down the blood and all is forgotten. Don´t THESE people count?
Democrats do not want this investigation, either. The DC area is a quagmire of political favored appointees and politically correct and affirmative action gone wild. What did Reagan say?" The scariest words an American citizen will ever hear is, "I am from the government and I am here to help you.""
Never before in our history have those words been more appropriate. Government would screw up a Chinese fire drill.
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People buying insurance plans through Obamacare´s online exchanges may not have full access to some of the nation´s top hospitals, it has been claimed. In a bid to cut costs, insurers selling cover on the new exchanges in states including New York, Texas and California will not offer patients access to two renowned cancer centers--Memorial Sloan Kettering in Manhattan and MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, according to The Financial Times. Access to Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, one of the top research and teaching hospitals, may also be limited, as the insurers attempt to steer customers away from hospitals or
A powerful storm that crept across the country dropped snow, freezing rain and sleet on the Mid-Atlantic region and headed northeast Sunday, turning NFL playing fields in Pennsylvania into winter wonderlands, dumping a foot of snow in Delaware and threatening a messy Monday commute in the northeast corridor. The storm forced the cancellation of thousands of flights across the U.S. and slowed traffic on roads, leading to a number of accidents, including a fatal crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Morgantown that led to a series of fender-benders involving 50 cars that stranded some motorists for up to seven hours.
Manhattan´s Chelsea neighborhood is home to art galleries, fashion stores, townhouses and now a new breed of cockroach that won´t die even if forced to live outside all winter. The High Line, a park that turned a dilapidated stretch of elevated railway in the neighborhood into one of New York´s newest tourist attractions, may have been responsible for bringing a new breed of cockroach to the city. Rutgers University insect biologists Jessica Ware and Dominic Evangelista said the species Periplaneta japonica is well documented in Asia but was never confirmed in the United States until now. The scientists, whose findings were published
Vladimir Putin has dissolved Russia´s biggest news agency RIA Novosti, ordering the creation of a new media conglomerate headed by an anchorman notorious for his anti-opposition and anti-gay views. The new company Rossiya Segodnya (Russia Today) will focus on "coverage abroad of Russian state policy and public life," the document published on the Kremlin website said. [Snip] The move appears as a push by the Kremlin to consolidate state media resources at a time of increasing online criticism of Mr Putin´s 13 years of rule and to take a proactive approach in shaping Russia´s image abroad.
Some patients are being forced to wait in ambulances outside hospitals for hours because accident and emergency departments are too busy to take them, according to research. In one case, a patient in Wales was made to wait more than six hours before being admitted, while another in England was delayed for more than five hours, the BBC found. NHS guidance recommends that patients should wait in ambulances for no longer than 15 minutes and delays of more than 30 minutes in England can lead to fines. Paramedics are only allowed to hand patients over to hospitals when staff there
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Anti-government protesters toppled a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin in Ukraine´s capital and attacked it with hammers on Sunday in a symbolic challenge to President Viktor Yanukovich and his plans for closer ties with Russia. The gesture rejecting Moscow´s historic influence over Ukraine came after opposition leaders told hundreds of thousands of demonstrators on Kiev´s Independence Square to keep up pressure on Yanukovich to sack his government. The protesters are furious that the government decided last month to ditch a landmark pact with the European Union in favour of closer economic cooperation with Moscow, Ukraine´s Soviet-era overlord.
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