Former E.U. Ambassador Sondland’s Testimony – More Fuel To Trump Fire

State Department photo of former Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, greeting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on airport tarmac

  by Richard Cameron   Ambassador Sondland’s Testimony   Up to this point, the individuals that have been subpoenaed to testify before the various committees, (House Oversight, Intelligence, and Foreign Affairs), conducting the House Impeachment Inquiry, with regard to the question of Donald Trump’s manipulation of foreign policy on Ukraine – have been career agency officials from the State Department and other cabinet posts. They, including, former Ambassador and Special Envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker, former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, and National Security Council top Russian advisor, Fiona Hill, were all…

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Whistleblowers Are as American As Apple Pie And Hot Dogs

Lynda Bryant Work   “Every country needs its whistleblowers. They are crucial to a healthy society. The employee who, in the public interest, has the independence of judgement and the personal courage to challenge malpractice or illegality is a kind of public hero.”                                                   – Fuad Alakbarov   From the dawn of the United States, Congress has supported democracy and public integrity by protecting those who…

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Trump’s Witness Tampering, Treason, Civil War According To United States Law

Image of Judge's Gavel and the text: "Grounds For Impeachment; Witness intimidation, tampering, treason and incitement according to U.S. law"

  By Lynda Bryant Work   Witness tampering is the act of attempting to alter or prevent the testimony of witnesses within criminal or civil proceedings. Laws regarding witness tampering also apply to proceedings before the U.S. Congress, executive departments, and administrative agencies. To be charged with witness tampering in the United States, the attempt to ALTER or PREVENT testimony is sufficient. There is no requirement that the intended obstruction of justice be completed. In situations where intimidation or retaliation against witnesses is likely (such as cases involving organized crime),…

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Open Carry Denied – The Retail Dominoes Fall; First Walmart, Now Publix And 7 More

  by Richard Cameron   National Compass recently published a comprehensive and wide ranging report on the issue of open carry in the United States; an issue that has become a prime facet of the debate over gun violence and the high visibility sub set of gun deaths – mass shootings. In that report, “Open Carry – The Legality, The Ethics And The Risk To Public Safety” we covered specifics of laws applying to open carry, both at the federal level and its status in the various states. We also…

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Eric Garner’s Killer, Daniel Pantaleo Fired From NYPD – But Justice Is Far From Served

video still image of recently fired NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, terminated by New York City authorities for his role in the 2014 death of Eric Garner, in which he applied a chokehold that had been banned by the department since 1994.

  by Richard Cameron   Within the last 36 hours, there has been widespread reaction to the decision by NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill , to order the firing of Officer Daniel Pantaleo on grounds of violating department rules against employing a chokehold which led directly to the death of Eric Garner in 2014.  To recap that event.  On July 17, 2014, a large contingent of NYPD officers from the 120th Precinct approached a man on Bay Street– a business district in the Tompkinsville neighborhood of the borough of Staten Island. The call was in…

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Military-style Semi-Auto Rifles Are Meant for One Thing: Mass Murder. It is Time to Ban Them

by Tony Wyman There is only one reason the shooter in Dayton, Ohio was able to kill nine human beings in just 30 seconds.  He was armed with a weapon designed to do just that. The manufacturer of the weapon, an AM-15, practically brags about their firearm’s ability to deliver life-ending multi-calibre rounds faster and longer than other comparable models.  The weapon, says Anderson Manufacturing, “…runs cleaner, faster, longer,” delivering “An orchestra of metal and hellfire built by calloused hands, gritted teeth, and passionate hearts” according to a testosterone-drenched video…

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Open Carry – The Legality, The Ethics And The Risk To Public Safety

photo of protesters at Campbell, Ohio open carry firearms rally

  by Richard Cameron   Once again, mass shootings – of which there have been a deluge in recent weeks, are at the forefront of the national conversation. The killings in El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio and Gilroy, California are the impetus to another round of policy debates on solutions. The only low hanging fruit among them are Universal Background Checks. And even that is more than likely going to require immense public pressure, teeth pulling and horse trading to move Congress – at least on the GOP Senate side,…

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Gun Violence In America – The Show Must NOT Go On

Young woman kneeling at flowers left and mourning after El Paso shooting.

  by Jennifer Keller Puebla   We’ve had another mass shooting in America. And another. And another. We say “in America” even though that’s pretty much a given. We say it in order to imagine we aren’t the only ones. But we know we nearly are. We’re the only ones making gun violence normal. The only ones making it part of the routine to just get on with our lives when hundreds of others can’t. The dead, the injured, the mourning, and the traumatized will never return to the lives…

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Trump Blames Media On Mass Shootings, Takes No Personal Responsibility

video still of Donald Trump at a rally in Panama City, Florida in May

  by Richard Cameron   After having been mostly invisible during the 24 hours since 31 people were murdered in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, along with dozens more wounded – Donald Trump has emerged from the cocoon of his Golf resort in New Jersey, to comment on the on the mass shootings. Trump did intermittently tweet during that space of time, issuing some hollow notes about “God Bless Dayton” and “God Bless El Paso”, but these were less than consequential, not only because for Trump to invoke the…

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Key Takeaways From Robert Mueller’s Testimony To House Intel And Judiciary Committees

video still of Robert Mueller in testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on July 24, 2019

by Richard Cameron   Some high level observations about Robert Mueller’s appearance today before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee: 1. It was obvious – and this was predicted, that the GOP House members on both committees did not wish to discuss the actual findings of Robert Mueller’s report because they are very damning to the president, but instead attempted to use the hearings to message to Trump’s voters about their conspiracy theories about the origins of the FBI investigation itself. Not surprising that Mueller refused to…

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