FBI has used surveillance drones on US soil 10 times

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In a letter to Sen. Rand Paul, the FBI admits it used drones for eight criminal cases and twice for national security.

In response to a letter from Sen. Rand Paul (R – Ky.), the Federal Bureau of Investigation admitted to using surveillance drones on U.S. soil a total of 10 times; eight times to help solve criminal cases and twice for “two national security cases.” The FBI’s letter was made public on Friday.

Paul had written to the FBI on two separate occasions, June 20 and July 9, seeking information regarding its use of drones. His inquires came after Robert Mueller, director of the FBI, said in a congressional hearing on June 19 that the bureau uses drones for surveillance in the U.S. for “limited law enforcement purposes,” Reuters reported.

The senator received two letters in response to his query, one classified and one declassified according to U.S. News & World Report, but Paul says the letters were “insufficient.” He has vowed to block the confirmation of President Barack Obama’s new FBI director until he gets answers he deems sufficient.

In the declassified letter, the FBI said that it used a drone in February in a high-profile case where a five-year-old boy was held hostage in a bunker in Alabama. The letter states that the FBI has only employed unarmed drones in accordance with Fourth Amendment laws.

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Chicago shooting: Charges filed against two suspects

Chicago police say two people have been charged in connection with a shooting spree last week at a Chicago park, but neither of them pulled the trigger.

Kewane Gatewood, 20, and Bryon Champ, 21, are each charged with three counts of attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm, police said in a statement.

In all, 13 people were shot Thursday at the Back of the Yards neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. Police said while Gatewood and Champ “played significant roles in the shooting, neither is believed to be a shooter, and the investigation into the incident continues.”

The shooting victims included 3-year-old Deonta Howard and two 15-year-olds. All 13 victims survived.

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/23/justice/chicago-shooting/?hpt=us_c1

Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children

And I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, in your world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that’s fine, but don’t make your kids do it because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need people that can—we need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems. -Bill Nye

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Chicago Violence: Is the National Guard the Solution?

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A violent crime wave in Chicago prompts a call for the National Guard to step in. Two Illinois lawmakers, State Reprepresentatives John Fritchey (D) and LaShawn Ford (D), are urging Governor Pat Quinn to deploy troops following a recent surge in violent crime. “We’re not talking about rolling tanks down the street,” said Fritchey. “If we bring them in to fill sand bags and pick up tornado debris, we can bring them in to save lives.”

While they may believe the Guard is the solution, Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis disagrees. Weis says the Guard’s military training falls short of the criminal laws and procedures that police must follow in combating crime. “I’m not that mixing the National Guard with local law enforcement is the solution,” Weis said.

We want to hear from you. Tell us whether you think the National Guard should be called in to help combat the city’s recent crime wave.

Source: http://newsroom.blogs.cnn.com/2010/04/26/chicago-violence-is-the-national-guard-the-solution/

Smoke pours from Kenya mall as forces ‘close in’

(SOURCE: REUTERS)- Thick smoke poured from the besieged Nairobi mall where Kenyan officials said their forces were closing in on Islamists holding hostages on Monday, three days after a raid by Somalia’s al Shabaab killed at least 62 people.

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It remained unclear how many gunmen and hostages were still cornered in the Westgate shopping center, two hours after a series of loud explosions and gunfire were followed by a plume of black smoke, that grew in volume from one part of the complex.

Kenya’s interior minister told a news conference that the militants – all men, though some wore women’s clothing during the assault – had set a fire with mattresses in a supermarket on the mall’s lower floors. Two “terrorists” had been killed on Monday, he added. Another assailant had died on Saturday.

The gunmen came from “all over the world”, Kenya’s military chief said, adding: “We are fighting global terrorism here.”

Security officials near the scene had said the blasts heard at lunchtime were caused by Kenyan forces blasting away in after President Uhuru Kenyatta had on Sunday dismissed a demand that he pull Kenyan forces out of neighboring Somalia.

SOURCE: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/23/us-kenya-attack-idUSBRE98K03V20130923