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FBI sees extremists in those “sovereign citizens”

Posted in FBI, Homeland Security, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , on February 8, 2012 by saynsumthn

FBI warns of threat from anti-government extremists
By Patrick Temple-West
WASHINGTON | Mon Feb 6, 2012 7:21pm EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Anti-government extremists opposed to taxes and regulations pose a growing threat to local law enforcement officers in the United States, the FBI warned on Monday.

These extremists, sometimes known as “sovereign citizens,” believe they can live outside any type of government authority, FBI agents said at a news conference.

The extremists may refuse to pay taxes, defy government environmental regulations and believe the United States went bankrupt by going off the gold standard.

Routine encounters with police can turn violent “at the drop of a hat,” said Stuart McArthur, deputy assistant director in the FBI’s counterterrorism division.

“We thought it was important to increase the visibility of the threat with state and local law enforcement,” he said.

In May 2010, two West Memphis, Arkansas, police officers were shot and killed in an argument that developed after they pulled over a “sovereign citizen” in traffic.
Last year, an extremist in Texas opened fire on a police officer during a traffic stop. The officer was not hit.

Legal convictions of such extremists, mostly for white-collar crimes such as fraud, have increased from 10 in 2009 to 18 each in 2010 and 2011, FBI agents said.
“We are being inundated right now with requests for training from state and local law enforcement on sovereign-related matters,” said Casey Carty, an FBI supervisory special agent.
FBI agents said they do not have a tally of people who consider themselves “sovereign citizens.”

J.J. MacNab, a former tax and insurance expert who is an analyst covering the sovereign movement, has estimated that it has about 100,000 members.

Sovereign members often express particular outrage at tax collection, putting Internal Revenue Service employees at risk.

(Reporting By Patrick Temple-West; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh)

Church violence is a growing problem, develop a security plan !

Posted in Anti-Christian Bigotry, Christian, Christian Martyrs, Church, Church Security, Church Violence, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2011 by saynsumthn

National Black Church Initiative President, Rev. Anthony Evans speaks out against church violence and the need for increased security and vigilance on church grounds.

Jimmy Meeks with Cop and Cross

His new website is http://www.sheepdogsafetytraining.com/

Old sites: ( http://www.copandcross.com) and ( http://www.safeatchurch.org ) Aside from being an ordained pastor, Jimmy has served as a hostage negotiator, a police training officer, and a school resource officer. He is a certified police instructor and has his Master’s Certificate as a police officer. Jimmy is also a certified crime prevention specialist. Presently serving at the rank of corporal, he is assigned to the criminal investigation division.

Here is a good resource: Safe At Church

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Here are some of the notes I took from a conference which I highly recommend everyone have in their community !

Things that can happen at a church: Shootings, Kidnappings. Sexual Molesters, rapes, murders, suicide, stabbings, robberies, medical emergencies, weather related disasters, accidents, and more…

Sex Crimes in Church are thru the roof, statistically they occur 30 PERCENT of the time from Staff and 50% from volunteers, 2369 kids are molested daily in America.

We have not been taught Biblically to “Believe the best in people” we know from scripture that man is deceitful and wicked. Hosea 4:7, Acts 7:42, Rom 1:28….

Biggest obstacle to protecting the flock is MENTAL. Not knowing the facts and working on assumptions.

75 million believers HAVE BEEN MURDERED For the cause if Christ since ST Stephen was killed in Acts 7

45 million killed in the 1900s… do we think we will escape harm?
230 people have been killed ON CHURCH PROPERTY SINCE MARCH 1999
136 dead bodies have been found OUTSIDE churches since 1999.

IMPORTANT: WATCHING And LISTENING!!!!

EYES AND EARS TEAMS:

1- Select Leader
2- Not the Pastor
3- Do not advertise, hand pick those you want on your team
4- Initiate an interview process- get a resume and know their background…
5- Should not select new Christians or all they will know of church is this. Pick women as well- they can be very intuitive.
6- Do background checks
7- Servant’s Heart – need to accept an assignment and do it cheerfully
8- Physically Fit
9- Not a Police- Wanna-Be

Safety teams need to arrive early at every event and check the perimeter. They have found dead bodies have been dumped at churches and this is something NO CHILD should ever find- it could scar them for life.

• Form a Security Policy
• Practice..practice..practice

Hire Off Duty Police Officers to just stand in the lobby. Much violence is diverted when people see an officer is on campus.
• Protect the Sunday School Rooms/ Kids, even if you have a desk there with an elderly man who won’t let anyone pass w/o a reason.
• Place people strategically by all kids rooms…no one is allowed to walk near the children without an escort. Kindly tell new people this is your policy and you will be happy to escort them if needed.
• It comes down to the little things churches are not doing.
• When you arrive – come early before the rest of the congregation. Check all Doors from the outside- if any are unlocked- you know the building must be searched before anyone can answer. Homeless people have been known to spend the night in churches…bodies can be dumped on the property, etc….
• Look for anything left outside the building- now we face terrorism and explosive backpacks, pipe bombs are possible.
• Keep building locked during the week, especially if women are left there alone.
• During the week, Do not go into the church with people you do not know
• Have code words for the Safety Team and also for the staff in case you are having trouble with anyone and need help.
• Cameras, intercom systems, panic alarms, any sound that may scare off an intruder or someone who would do harm…
• Program 911 into the phone, so all someone has to do is hit “line 1” to call police.
• Do not keep large amounts of cash
• When answering the phone, never tell someone “ I am here alone”
• Maintain adequate lighting
• Staff during the week should not park far from the door
• Know self-defense – but- better to always have pepper spray and even a few handcuffs available!
• Have a Safety Team in Place at any events that have kids, or have meetings with substance abuse groups, sex addicts groups etc….

ID Those who propose a risk:
1 – Mentally unstable
2 – People who may be off their meds ( Bi-Polar)
3 – The Angry
4 – Domestic Violence problems
5 – Problems between members
6 – Is the person dressed according to the weather…does he have a trench coat in 90 degree weather? Could be a problem.

Other issues to address;
Lovingly confront all known sex offenders and tell them you are glad they came, but do they have a plan for recovery. Help them implement that plan by not getting access to children AT ALL!

You can tell ANYONE to leave, anyone who disrupts the service can legally be ordered to leave, call 911. Especially if they are using “Fighting Words.”

Pay attention during the invitation- protect the Pastor at all times and protect the Front- stay visible but allow people to get ministered to. Some pastors have been assaulted during the “Prayer Call” – so stay vigilant.

Watch people’s hands police always watch where a person is placing their hands – if they are tucked into a pocket- the person could have a weapon.

Monitor the parking lot- MANY incidents happen in the parking lot before or after a service…fights, domestic violence, pipe bombs, etc…stay until everyone is gone. It is also the first line of defense- if a person is coming there to do harm- they will have to come thru the lot.

Call 911 at anytime you feel there COULD be a problem- immediately!

Monitor the Foyer…. Stations people at every door.

Look at a person’s physical appearance, facial expressions, what they are wearing. DO they look you in the eye, are they sweating or shaking?

Approach anyone suspicious. A Soft answer turns away wrath. If someone looks despondent, ask them how they are, and say, I am also having a bad day, can we come over here and talk? Try to get them away from the general public and call for additional help using your code word.

Remember- some come to hurt but MANY are HURT – we do not want to scare people off – just be wise.

Inside the sanctuary-sit strategically so you can see entrances, sit in the back, monitor stations…have several eyes inside the sanctuary.

WATCH…WATCH…WATCH…
Report Terroristic Threats of any kind!
NEVER touch people unless you have to.
USE WHATEVER FORCE IS NECESSARY to RESTRAIN them if NEEDED!
Do not allow skits that involve weapons….
To disarm someone- DISRUPT THE RHYTHM….you may get shot…but do what you have to if there is a shooter. Throw chairs, books, coffee, tackle and get the gun away….they are not usually expecting a fight!

Equipment:
Radios- Good ones UHF to be able to use inside buildings.
Golf Carts to be able to patrol the campus.
Pepper Spray
Hand Cuffs
Cameras
AED/First Aid

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This is a recent shooting in Florida:
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Another one from Tennessee

Said he had a “Problem with Christianity”

RICHMOND, Calif. — Richmond police Thursday arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection with a brazen shooting at a Richmond Church during a Feb 2010 Sunday morning service.

March 2009, Illinois: A gunman walked down the aisle of a church during a Sunday service and killed the pastor, then stabbed himself and slashed two other people as parishioners wrestled him to the ground, authorities said.
“Some thought it was some type of skit”

Experts say churches should have security plans in place, but often don’t. First Baptist Church in Maryville, Ill., where the Rev. Fred Winters was fatally shot Sunday, was working on a security plan but had not yet implemented it.

Garland Texas – Youth Meeting Shooting: Youth Pastor Shot !!!!

A Brockton teenager has been charged with shooting a 51-year-old woman in the back just after she left church.

A Catholic priest pleads for the City of Kansas City to do more, after a man is shot and later dies on the steps of his church.

The Church shooting at New Life Megachurch in Colorado springs Colorado in December 2007. New Life is the megachurch founded by Ted Haggard.

here is another act of violence

No longer BIG BROTHER- get to know your FEDERAL FAMILY !

Posted in Big Brother, FEMA, Homeland Security with tags , , , , , , , on September 1, 2011 by saynsumthn

FEMA’S use of term ‘federal family’ for government expands under Obama
By George Bennett
Palm Beach Post Staff WriterWednesday, Augt. 31, 2011

Don’t think of it as the federal government but as your “federal family.”

In a Category 4 torrent of official communications during the approach and aftermath of Hurricane Irene, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has repeatedly used the phrase “federal family” when describing the Obama administration’s response to the storm.

The Obama administration didn’t invent the phrase but has taken it to new heights.

“Under the direction of President Obama and Secretary Janet Napolitano, the entire federal family is leaning forward to support our state, tribal and territorial partners along the East Coast,” a FEMA news release declared Friday as Irene churned toward landfall.

The G-word — “government” — has been nearly banished, with FEMA instead referring to federal, state and local “partners” as well as “offices” and “personnel.”

“’Government’ is such a dirty word right now,” says Florida State University communication professor Davis Houck. “Part of what the federal government does and any elected official does is change the terms of the language game into terms that are favorable to them.”

“Family” can evoke favorable thoughts of motherhood and security. But it can also conjure images of Big Brother and organized crime.

The phrase “federal family” has been used in connection with FEMA at least as far back as 1999.

Under President George W. Bush, FEMA officials sprinkled the alliterative euphemism into congressional testimony and statements. When former FEMA Director Michael Brown promised help to hurricane-battered Floridians in 2004, he vowed that “the federal family is dedicated to staying for as long as it takes.”

During the Clinton administration, Vice President Al Gore responded to 1999 flooding in Iowa by pledging that “the federal family is committed to providing the necessary resources to comfort every person and family devastated by this disaster and to help them return to their normal way of living as fast as possible.”

A Google search shows the phrase appearing 10 times on FEMA’s website during the Bush years. Since Obama took office, “federal family” has turned up 118 times on fema.gov, including 50 Irene-related references.

Among them: statements that the Obama administration “is committed to bringing all of the resources of the federal family to bear” for storm assistance and that “the entire federal family continues to lean forward to support the states in their ongoing response efforts.”

Houck doubts all the “family” references will give the public a warm and fuzzy view of FEMA and the federal government.

“That one is so blatantly obvious that I think people’s rhetorical radar is going to go off,” Houck says.

On the other hand, Houck says, “If FEMA can come in and really do a great job, maybe that ‘federal family’ thing would stick with the people on the ground.”

FEMA did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

Staff researcher Niels Heimeriks contributed to this story.

Will the Government be able to assist in a large disaster: Earthquake, Solar Flares, Cyber Attack , etc ?

Posted in disaster, Disasters, FEMA, Homeland Security with tags , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2011 by saynsumthn

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Disaster Preparedness : The Daily Show interviews Dr.Irwin Redlener , 2005

Posted in Disasters, Homeland Security with tags , , on June 30, 2011 by saynsumthn

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Homeland Security Head on Christmas Terror “There is a lot of chatter”

Posted in Homeland Security, terrorism with tags , , , , , on December 22, 2010 by saynsumthn

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Big Sister Homeland Security chief at Wal-Mart: ‘Report suspicious activity’

Posted in Big Brother, Homeland Security, terrorism with tags , , , , , , on December 7, 2010 by saynsumthn

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CNN REPORTS: Walmart will join the Department of Homeland Security in a program called “If You See Something, Say Something” which encourages the American public to take an active role in ensuring the safety and security of the nation, DHS said Monday.

“Homeland security starts with hometown security, and each of us plays a critical role in keeping our country and communities safe,” Secretary Janet Napolitano said as she thanked Walmart and the more than 320 stores who joined the national campaign Monday.

Participating stores, eventually including 588 from 27 states, will play a short video message at select checkout locations to remind shoppers to contact local law enforcement to report suspicious activity, said a DHS statement.

“This partnership will help millions of shoppers across the nation identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to law enforcement authorities,” Napolitano said.

The “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign was originally implemented by New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority as a simple and effective program that engages the public and key front-line employees to report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to authorities, according to the DHS statement.

The program has already partnered with the Mall of America, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, Amtrak, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, sports and general aviation industries, and other organizations across the country, DHS said.

According to a DHS press release:
In the coming months, the Department will continue to expand the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign nationally with public education materials and outreach tools designed to help America’s businesses, communities and citizens remain vigilant and play an active role in keeping the country safe.