He shot the sheriff

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has suspended the man who may arguably be the worst law enforcement officer in the country, Scott Israel:

Effective immediately, I am officially suspending Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel for his repeated failures, incompetence and neglect of duty.

Reasons for the suspension span several pages but include this: “WHEREAS Sheriff Israel is responsible for inserting into the Broward County Sheriff’s Office Active Shooter Policy that a deputy ‘may’ enter the area or structure to engage an active shooter and preserve life.”

The reason he didn’t actually fire Israel is because he can’t. Only the State Senate can do that. No word on the fate of any deputies, though.


Why the deputies stood down

Anonymous Conservative believes they were ordered to do so:

A report released Friday claims four of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel’s deputies waited outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School while the attack was occurring.

On February 22 Breitbart News reported that one deputy resigned after it was learned that he was on scene but failed to control Nikolas Cruz. Sheriff Israel told ABC 13 that video shows the deputy, Scott Peterson, “arrive at the west side of Building 12” and “take a position” outside the school — but never go inside. The sheriff’s office moved to suspend Peterson, who resigned before the suspension could take place.

Now CNN reports that the Coral Springs police officers claim three other Broward County deputies were outside the school but failed to go inside as well. They quote “Coral Springs sources” who said the three “deputies had their pistols drawn and were behind their vehicles” when Coral Springs officers arrived. They said “not one of [the deputies] had gone into the school.”

The sources indicate other Broward County deputies arrived on scene, and two of those new arrivals joined with Coral Springs officers and entered the building.

Here is what happened. When this was organized, Deep State arranged for their deputies to be on duty in that sector, and they had orders to stand down.

While only the acting man can definitively explain the reason for his actions, Occam’s Razor suggests that in this particular situation, AC’s explanation is the one that is most likely to be correct. If the three other Broward County deputies fail to resign, or even be identified, that will tend to support his belief that they were simply following their orders.

The Broward County (((Sheriff))) confirms as much. He has taken the public position that he not only did his job, but did it very well indeed by providing “amazing leadership”.

“I’ve exercised my due diligence, I’ve led this county proudly as I always have,” he said. “We have restricted that deputy as we look in to it. You know, deputies make mistakes, police officers make mistakes, we all make mistakes, but it’s not the responsibility of the general or the president, if you have a deserter. You look into this. We’re looking into this aggressively, and we’ll take care of it and justice will be served.”

“Are you really not taking any responsibility for the multiple red flags that were brought to the attention of the Broward Sheriff’s Office about this shooter before the incident?” Tapper asked.

“Jake, I can only take responsibility for what I knew about. I exercised my due diligence. I’ve given amazing leadership to this agency—” Israel started.

“Amazing leadership? Tapper asked incredulously.

“Yes, Jake. There’s a lot of things we’ve done throughout this—this is—you don’t measure a person’s leadership by a deputy not going into these deputies received the training they needed—One person didn’t do what he should have done,” Israel said.

That confirms that one of the four deputies didn’t do what he should have done, but the other three did. Ergo, they were ordered by the Sheriff to stand down and not interfere with whoever was doing the shooting at the school.


No, it’s YOUR fault, Mr. FBI Man

I would be willing to bet a considerable amount of money that this political jackass was going to be leaving the FBI anyhow. That, or he’s trying to jump ship before he is implicated in the FBI’s crimes himself.

After more than a decade of service, which included investigating terrorism, working to rescue kidnapping victims overseas and being special assistant to the director, I am reluctantly turning in my badge and leaving an organization I love. Why? So I can join the growing chorus of people who believe that the relentless attacks on the bureau undermine not just America’s premier law enforcement agency but also the nation’s security. My resignation is painful, but the alternative of remaining quiet while the bureau is tarnished for political gain is impossible.

A small number of my current and retired colleagues have said that we should simply keep our heads down until the storm passes. I say this with the greatest respect: They are wrong. If those who know the agency best remain silent, it will be defined by those with partisan agendas.

F.B.I. agents are dogged people who do not care about the direction of political winds. But to succeed in their work, they need public backing. Scorched-earth attacks from politicians with partisan goals now threaten that support, raising corrosive doubts about the integrity of the F.B.I. that could last for generations.

When the F.B.I. knocks on someone’s door or appeals to the public for assistance in solving crime, the willingness of people to help is directly correlated to their opinion of the agency. When an agent working to stop a terrorist plot attempts to recruit an informant, the agent’s success in gathering critical intelligence depends on the informant’s belief that the agent is credible and trustworthy. And, as the former director, James Comey, would frequently say in underscoring the importance of high standards, whether a jury believes an agent’s testimony depends on whether it has faith in the bureau’s honesty and independence. To be effective, the F.B.I. must be believed and must maintain the support of the public it serves.

What a total fucking joke. I’m a fiction editor. I have read thousands of submissions, both at Castalia House and as a slush reader for a bigger publishing house back in the day. And I recognize poorly written fiction when I see it.

This resignation is a silly, stupid, and incompetent attempt at swaying public opinion that is rightly appalled by the political corruption that has been exposed by the Nunes memo.

We don’t believe the FBI. We don’t think it is effective, and given its apparently seditious objectives, we’re glad it isn’t. We don’t support it. We don’t back it. To the contrary, we think that it is a collection of liars, criminals, and traitors who should be imprisoned. We spit on the Bureau and we spit on its badge.

Note this: Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) is a former supervisory special agent with the F.B.I. who served as a counterterrorism investigator and special assistant to the bureau’s director.

Special assistant to the bureau’s director = corrupt political hack.

UPDATE: See, the sort of blatant lying on exhibit in this fake news sob story is exactly why Americans don’t trust FBI agents.

My FBI sources tell me the real reason the writer of this piece, Josh Campbell, one of @comey and #McCabe’s allies, is leaving the Bureau is because he was offered and accepted a VERY lucrative gig with @CNN to throw shade on the scandal.


Boo-freaking-hoo

I don’t think the FBI understands that nobody gives a quantum of a damn about what they happen to think regarding the upcoming release of information concerning corrupt and criminal behavior on the part of the FBI:

FBI Director Christopher Wray sent a striking signal to the White House Wednesday, issuing a rare public warning that a controversial Republican memo about the FBI’s surveillance practices omits key information that could impact its veracity.

The move sets up an ugly clash with the President who wants it released.

“With regard to the House Intelligence Committee’s memorandum, the FBI was provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it,” the agency said in a statement. “As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”

We don’t care about your “grave concerns” because you’re a bunch of corrupt Deep State swamp creatures. At this point, literally every single FBI document ever written should be declassified and released to the public.

I expect most criminals have “grave concerns” about their behavior being investigated.

This isn’t that hard. Release the memo. Then release all of the supporting documents. Then release all the information about the full extent of the corruption and criminality that has been kept hidden. The intelligence agencies and all their handwringing about how this will make their job harder is irrelevant. They are no longer worthy of the public trust and their concerns and their protests should be completely ignored.


An amazing investigative feat

What a shame that the entire Federal Bureau of Investigations was not able to accomplish what the DOJ managed in just one or two days:

The Department of Justice has recovered missing text messages between anti-Trump FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, the DOJ’s inspector general said Thursday.

In a letter sent to congressional committees, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said his office “succeeded in using forensic tools to recover text messages from FBI devices, including text messages between Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page that were sent or received between December 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017.”

“Our effort to recover any additional text messages is ongoing,” Horowitz said. “We will provide copies of the text messages that we recover from these devices to the Department so that the Department’s leadership can take any management action it deems appropriate.”

Fox News has learned from U.S. government officials that the inspector general recovered the texts by taking possession of “at least four” phones belonging to Strzok and Page.

If they can’t even manage to find thousands of text messages on their own agents’ phones, then really, what use do Americans have for such an observably incompetent FBI?


That sounds convincing

The FBI resorts to an old police standby. “Gee, turns out that all the body cams and car cameras mysteriously failed simultaneously when our officers shot that unarmed little girl 37 times”:

The Justice Department has turned over to Congress additional text messages involving an FBI agent who was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team following the discovery of derogatory comments about President Donald Trump.

But the department also said in a letter to lawmakers that its record of messages sent to and from the agent, Peter Strzok, was incomplete because the FBI, for technical reasons, had been unable to preserve and retrieve about five months’ worth of communications.

New text messages highlighted in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray by Sen. Ron Johnson, the Republican chairman of the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, are from the spring and summer of 2016 and involve discussion of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. They reference Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s decision to accept the FBI’s conclusion in that case and a draft statement that former FBI Director James Comey had prepared in anticipation of closing out the Clinton investigation without criminal charges.

The FBI declined to comment Sunday.

Strzok, a veteran counterintelligence agent who also worked the Clinton email case, was reassigned last summer from the team investigating ties between Russia and Trump’s Republican presidential campaign after Mueller learned he had exchanged politically charged text messages — many anti-Trump in nature — with an FBI lawyer also detailed to the group. The lawyer, Lisa Page, left Mueller’s team before the text messages were discovered.

The Justice Department last month produced for reporters and Congress hundreds of text messages that the two had traded before becoming part of the Mueller investigation. Many focused on their observations of the 2016 election and included discussions in often colorful language of their personal feelings about Trump, Clinton and other public figures. Some Republican lawmakers have contended the communication reveals the FBI and the Mueller team to be politically tainted and biased against Trump — assertions Wray has flatly rejected.

In addition to the communications already made public, the Justice Department on Friday provided Johnson’s committee with 384 pages of text messages, according to a letter from the Wisconsin lawmaker that was obtained by The Associated Press.

But, according to the letter, the FBI told the department that its system for retaining text messages sent and received on bureau phones had failed to preserve communications between Strzok and Page over a five-month period between Dec. 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017. May 17 was the date that Mueller was appointed as special counsel to oversee the Russia investigation.

The explanation for the gap was “misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades that conflicted with the FBI’s collection capabilities.”

I think I’m going to have to remember that excuse. Why don’t you have any receipts for that deduction? Well, it was misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades. Hey, Windows 10, what are you going to do?


Coverup in California

My, my, my, will wonders never cease! It seems Corey Feldman wasn’t lying after all. This is why you should always keep your own recordings whenever you talk to the police, so they don’t conveniently misplace the ones in their possession.

Police in California say they have uncovered a tape in which Corey Feldman lists the names of men who abused him in the past. The former child actor had claimed in October that he had given the names of sexual predators in Hollywood to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office in 1993 during their investigation into Michael Jackson’s molestation charges.

But the sheriff’s office previously denied the claims, saying they had no records of Feldman revealing such information, however they have now changed their tune and stated that an audio recording has been found in a container from the original Michael Jackson child abuse investigation.

It is beginning to sound as if an order has gone out to stop protecting certain parties and the controlled burn just got bigger.


72 minutes

While the media once more goes through its futile routine of attempting to push gun control on a population that absolutely is not having it, the more important lesson to be learned is the incredible tardiness of the police response. It seems the old joke about how when seconds count, the police are minutes away needs to be updated; in an emergency situation, you can be certain the police will be there to pick up the pieces in just 72 minutes.

A partial transcript of the full scanner audio:

  • Minute 15: they have identified room 135 on 32nd floor. But then reported 29th and 32nd floor. Security officer shot in leg on 32nd floor.
  • Minute 19: they had 4-man team on 32nd floor, another 4-man team arriving. Reporting definitively a 2nd shooter. Problem – police lacked rifles.
  • Minute 70: need roll call of personnel in Mandalay and strike team. 2 strike teams 13 officers total. All units SWAT use tac 1
  • Minute 71: control Zebra 20 – on suspects door – need everyone in hallway prepared to pop door — all units move back SWAT has explosive device — breach breach breach — SWOOOOSH!
  • Minute 72: has anyone covered airport — two shots fired in park area of New York New York
  • Minute 73: Have influx of returning ambulances any other area they need to respond to – Sending two teams Excaliber
  • Minute 74: Control 374 I have medics reporting getting shot at Tropicana — need strike team to the Tropica — announce yourself if you are going there — Unit 20 – entered room have one suspect down – Zebra has one suspect down in room

NYPD protecting illegals

Remember this little NYPD shenanigan the next time a policeman lectures you on the importance of being law-abiding:

Thousands of protesters are marching across the Brooklyn Bridge Tuesday evening after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in the morning that the Trump administration is ending the DACA program.  Earlier in the day, hundreds of immigrants and advocates from across the tri-state demonstrated at Trump Tower and in Washington, D.C..

As Sessions delivered his remarks on the “winding down” of DACA, dozens of demonstrators marched to Trump Tower in Manhattan, holding signs and chanting, “undocumented — unafraid.” Some sat in the middle of the street in front of Trump Tower, anticipating arrest, and were taken into police custody for blocking traffic.

By the afternoon, nearly three dozen people had been arrested in front of Trump Tower in two different rounds of sit-ins; they were being processed at the 7th Precinct stationhouse and were expected to be issued desk tickets, according to NYPD Chief of Patrol Terence Monahan.

Some of the arrested durng the day are DACA recipients; the NYPD says the protesters arrested outside Trump Tower won’t have to be fingerprinted if they provide their information willingly — no fingerprints means no arrest information transmitted to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.