To protect one of the highest-profile diplomatic events so far this century, Singapore has enlisted the help of its fearsome Nepalese fighters whose large curved knives, according to custom, must “taste blood” whenever they’re drawn. Wearing brown berets and equipped with body armor and assault rifles, the elite Gurkha police officers are a conspicuous part of the enveloping security force Singapore has deployed for Tuesday’s summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The meeting, which could prove to be a crucial moment in the global diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang, has sent the highly manicured city-state into security overdrive. Trump and Kim have brought their own personal security personnel and heavily armored limousines; Kim’s bodyguards have been seen running in formation alongside his massive Mercedes. Selected among young men from impoverished Nepal, Gurkhas have been part of Singapore’s police force since 1949. There are reportedly about 1,800 Gurkha officers in Singapore, and they are a regular presence at high-security events. On Monday, they were seen standing guard at the heavily fortified St. Regis Singapore, where Kim arrived Sunday afternoon. “This is a moment of pride to see the Gurkhas responsible for guarding such an important event,” said Krishna Kumar Ale, who served for 37 years in the British army before retiring back home in Nepal. “It shows that we Gurkhas have reached a point where we are trusted with the security of two of the most important people in the world.” In 2015, during the Shangri-la Dialogue, a Singapore summit that includes defense ministers and top security officials from around the world, a Gurkha officer shot and killed a driver after his car breached a series of roadblocks outside the summit’s venue. The incident turned out to be drug-related, not an attack. When asked about the scale of security operations for the summit, Singapore’s Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam said Sunday that more than 5,000 police had been deployed. The Gurkha Contingent is a special police unit inside the force. “I think the fact that it had to be put together in two weeks … added tremendously to the pressure and logistics, the demands. But I think the officers have worked around the clock, we are quietly confident that they have put in place the preparations,” he said. Singapore is not new to hosting high-profile events, including International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group meetings, and Association of Southeast Asian Nations summits in 2007 and 2018. Gurkhas, whose name derives from the Nepalese hill town of Gorkha, have been deployed in major conflicts and wars since becoming part of the British army in the 19th century. More than 200,000 Gurkhas fought in the two world wars, where they won admiration for their combat skills and bravery, living up to their traditional motto “It’s better to die than to be a coward.” Gurkhas also fought in the Falklands conflict, the Gulf War, Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan. The British experienced Gurkhas’ fierceness firsthand after suffering heavy losses during their invasion of Nepal. A peace deal signed by the British East India Company in 1815 allowed Britain to recruit troops from Nepal. After Indian independence in 1947, Britain, Nepal and India reached an agreement to transfer four Gurkha regiments to the Indian army. Former British colonies Singapore and Malaysia have also employed Gurkhas for their police and army, respectively. In Nepal, getting picked to serve as Gurkha soldiers and officers overseas is seen as a ticket out of poverty. According to Nepal’s Gurkha Army Ex-Servicemen Organization, over 10,000 applicants try out every year for about 260 places in the British army’s Gurkha units. Many train for months for the selection process, which includes a grueling “doko” race, which involves carrying 25 kilograms (55 pounds) of sand while running a steep 4.2-kilometer (2.6-mile) uphill course. Along with their modern weapons, Gurkhas still carry the traditional “kukri,” a long curved knife which tradition says must “ragat khaikana” — taste blood — once it is drawn. “That is no longer the current practice … mostly,” said the Gurkhas Australia website.
More than 100 arrests have been reported after federal immigration agents raided an Ohio lawn and garden business Tuesday as part of the Trump administration’s growing crackdown on employers suspected of hiring illegal immigrants. The Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents, carrying weapons, showed up at two Corso’s Flower & Garden Centers–one in the Lake Erie resort town of Sandusky and the other in the nearby town of Castalia and arrested 114 suspected illegal immigrants in one of the largest immigration stings in years. ICE said it expected criminal charges including identity theft and tax evasion, The Associated Press reported. No criminal charges have been filed against Corso’s, but the business is under investigation, authorities said. The raid included the seizure of business documents. The Sandusky Register reported that the agents who raided Corso’s were armed with a search warrant. One caller reported that agents were “armed with submachine guns” and were standing guard as people at the center were “rounded up,” the paper reported. A Corso’s manager refused to comment, according to the paper. The operation is part of the Trump administration’s focus on employers, one that took hold about a year after the president took office, and came months after a surge in deportation arrests began. The crackdown is likely to please immigration hawks among Trump’s supporters but may alienate industries and companies that rely on immigrant labor, according to the AP. In April, agents made about 100 worker arrests at a meatpacking plant in rural Tennessee, reminiscent of the high-profile shows of force that were common during President George W. Bush’s administration. No criminal charges have been filed against the employer. The investigation into Corso’s began in October 2017 when the U.S. Border Patrol arrested a woman who gave stolen identity documents to job applicants in the country illegally, said Steve Francis, head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations unit in Detroit.
Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector stopped sex offenders and gang members from making their way to their U.S. destinations over the weekend. During a four-day period, agents arrested four child molesters and three gang members after they illegally crossed the border. The arrests include fugitives who fled the country to avoid prosecution and previously deported criminal aliens. Rio Grande City Station agents arrested a man who illegally crossed the border near Roma, Texas, on Sunday. During processing, agents learned the Salvadoran national was convicted in Angleton, Texas, in February 2015 for a 2014 charge of sexual assault of a child. The Salvadoran national received a five-year prison sentence and was deported after being released early by prison officials. On Saturday, agents assigned to the McAllen Station arrested a man who crossed the border illegally near Hidalgo, Texas. Agents learned the Honduran national was convicted in Marion County, Texas, for child molestation. In March 2006, a Texas district court sentenced the man to spend four years in prison. Later that day, agents assigned to the Weslaco Station captured another Honduran man after he illegally crossed the border near the town of Alamo, Texas. The Dunwoody, Georgia, Police Department arrested the man in July 2014 on a charge of child molestation, officials stated. He apparently fled the country to avoid prosecution. Agents learned the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department has an outstanding felony warrant for the man in connection with those charges. Fort Brown Station agents arrested a Mexican national after he crossed the border illegally near Brownsville, Texas. Officials said his record revealed an arrest in neighboring Edinburg, Texas on a charge of Indecency with a Child Sexual Contact. On Thursday, agents arrested two members of the 18th Street gang in locations about 200 miles apart. First, agents assigned to the Weslaco Border Patrol Station arrested a Salvadoran man near the border city of McAllen. Later that day, Corpus Christi Station agents arrested another Salvadoran man near Goliad, Texas. The town of Goliad is located nearly 200 miles from the nearest border crossing. The records of both men revealed their membership in the violent 18th Street gang. Finally, on June 1, agents assigned to the Corpus Christi Station arrested a Salvadoran national near the town of Goliad, Texas. A records check revealed the man is a known member of the transnational criminal gang known as Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13).
And Dems like Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) keeps telling us that, gosh, these MS-13 gang members are human just like you and me. Really, Nancy? Moron.. As many of you know, we’ve been calling on the last (Obama) administration, and now the Trump administration to BUILD THE WALL NOW!!!…and put U.S. Army National Guard troops physically ON the border with Mexico where they should remain until that wall/fence is finally built above, and below, ground (to prevent tunneling)…however long that takes. Simultaneously, we need to be deporting illegals already here by the hundreds of thousands (and yes, you read that correctly), paying particular attention to known gang members, convicted criminal aliens, and those determined to be deported by an immigration judge…regardless of age or gender. And this is just for starters folks! To do anything less is NOT in our country’s national security or economic interests. We’re over $20 TRILLION in debt, and can no longer afford to be world’s homeless shelter for gang members and other parasites. Enough is enough! Kudos to these ICE and CBP agents out there doing the Lord’s work. They need our support now more than ever.
The lawyer for a Texas woman who accused a state trooper of sexually assaulting her during a traffic stop apologized Wednesday on behalf of his client, saying that newly released police body cam footage did not corroborate her story. Lee Merritt issued a statement saying the evidence “directly conflicts with the accounts reported to my office” by Sherita Dixon-Cole. The woman had accused Officer Daniel Hubbard of sexual assault during a traffic stop on Sunday. Dixon-Cole alleged that after she failed a field sobriety test, Hubbard had “suggested she could go home in exchange for sexual favors,” according to Merritt’s initial press release. Dixon-Cole said that after she refused, she was taken to Hubbard’s police car where she was “forcefully groped, fondled and vaginally penetrated during a prolonged arrest.” She went on to say Hubbard continued his sexual advances on the way to the police station, even alleging that he offered to take her to a remote location where she could provide sexual favors in exchange for her release from custody. The Texas Department of Public Safety immediately denied those allegations on Sunday evening. “Upon learning of the allegations today, the department immediately took action to review the dash cam video. The video shows absolutely no evidence to support the serious accusations against the Trooper during the DWI arrest of the suspect,” the department said in statement. Nearly two hours of body cam footage was released shortly before midnight Tuesday. The department said it was “appalled that anyone would make such a despicable, slanderous and false accusation against a peace officer who willingly risks his life every day to protect and serve the public.” An apology was issued by Merritt’s office shortly after the video was released. “Officer Daniel Hubbard seems to comport himself professionally during the duration of the traffic stop and arrest and— without more— should be cleared of any wrongdoing,” he said in a statement. “It is deeply troubling when innocent parties are falsely accused and I am truly sorry for any trouble these claims may have caused Officer Hubbard and his family. I take full responsibility for amplifying these claims to the point of national concern.” Merritt, a civil rights attorney, added that the evidence provided by the DPS showed no signs of “tampering.”
The subject line pretty much sums it up. Sherita is a nauseating poster child for this sorta nonsense. Hopefully that piece of garbage is arrested and charged with filing a false police report..at the very least. And, very glad the trooper was smart enough to have his body cam on. More cops need to do that. It protects BOTH parties. Anyway, if you really want to see the video, click on the text above.
A new report claims that a significant number of rank-and-file FBI agents are chomping at the bit to expose Obama-era leaders, alleging corruption and even criminal violations of the law. These agents are signaling that the only way they can safely and legally blow the whistle is if Congress subpoenas them individually to provide information about their former bosses. “There are agents all over this country who love the bureau and are sickened by [James] Comey’s behavior and [Andrew] McCabe and [Eric] Holder and [Loretta] Lynch and the thugs like [John] Brennan–who despise the fact that the bureau was used as a tool of political intelligence by the Obama administration thugs,” Joe DiGenova, a former United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, told the Daily Caller. “They are just waiting for a chance to come forward and testify.” In a statement to the Daily Caller, an unnamed FBI agent claimed, “Every special agent I have spoken to in the Washington Field Office wants to see McCabe prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. They feel the same way about Comey.” “All Congress needs to do is subpoena involved personnel and they will tell you what they know. These are honest people. Leadership cannot stop anyone from responding to a subpoena. Those subpoenaed also get legal counsel provided by the government to represent them,” the agent added. Former FBI Assistant Director James Kallstrom made similar statements when asked last December about morale at the bureau. “Well, I think there’s a lot of patriots that have had it up to here with what’s going on, and they’re going to step forward and tell people what the shenanigans have been,” Kallstrom told Fox News’ Stuart Varney. “How they shut down the Clinton Foundation investigation, how other things were done that are so anti-what the FBI and the United States and this country is about.” Paul Sperry of RealClearInvestigations reported last Thursday that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has “found ‘reasonable grounds’ for believing there has been a violation of federal criminal law in the FBI/DOJ’s handling of the Clinton investigation/s,” adding that the top watchdog official has “referred his findings of potential criminal misconduct to Huber for possible criminal prosecution.”
The U.S. Border Patrol is losing agents faster than it can hire them, according to a new audit released Wednesday that said competition with other federal law enforcement and the difficulty of passing a polygraph test have sapped the agency of nearly 2,000 agents it’s supposed to have. More than 900 agents leave each year on average but the Border Patrol only hires an average of 523 a year, the Government Accountability Office said in a broad survey of staffing and deployment challenges at the key border law enforcement agency. The law requires the agency to have a minimum of 21,370 agents on board, but it had just 19,500 agents as of May. That’s an even bigger problem when stacked up against President Trump’s call for hiring 5,000 more agents, to reach a workforce of 26,370. Managers blamed everything from remote working conditions to competition with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the interior immigration agency that’s also staffing up, for difficulty in filling out ranks. Problems span the southwest border, with eastern California and western Texas suffering particular shortages. The new GAO analysis also looked at how the agents who are on board are deployed, amid a long-running dispute within the agency over the use of highway checkpoints. Checkpoint backers say they serve as a critical chokepoint, helping snare drugs and, occasionally, illegal immigrants traveling on the roads. Opponents say they are easily circumvented..
Oh, it’s probably a little bit of both.. To be fair, those checkpoints DO catch SOME bad apples. BUT, it’s also true those checkpoints can be circumvented. Also, those illegals caught at such checkpoints are caught inside the U.S., and as such are immediately entitled to all sorts of legal, financial, and other “entitlements” which we-the-actual American citizens pay for. As many of you know, here at The Daily Buzz we have been calling for our federally elected leaders to BUILD THE WALL NOW!!!!….and put U.S. Army National Guard troops (to augment the personnel shortfalls with the Border Patrol) physically ON the border with Mexico; NOT back 40 miles, as has been the practice for years. Being physically ON the border serves as a deterrent to those would-be crossers from trying to make an attempt. Here at The Daily Buzz, we’ve been calling for these measures 2.5 years before Donald Trump made the wall a campaign pledge.
As for the shortfall in hiring CBP agents… We’re glad to hear that the agency is maintaining high standards. We’d rather have 100 dedicated, honest, and quality agents…than 1000 incompetent, and easily bribed or ethically-challenged ones.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week promised to deal with the brutal street gang MS-13 in the same way that “we took Al Capone off the streets.” Amid a series of gruesome, high-profile murders across the United States, MS-13 has become a major focus of President Trump’s Justice Department. But dismantling the gang, whose numbers are estimated to be around 10,000 nationwide, is no easy task: MS-13 has infiltrated communities across the country – and throughout Central America – since its formation in 1980s Southern California. “MS-13 functions like all immigrant organized crime groups. They start by targeting their own community,” Lou Gentile, a former officer at the Organized Crime Unit of the Pennsylvania State Police and founder of investigative firm CSI, told Fox News. “MS-13 preys on their own, they exploit their own.” Click here to see some of the states and regions hardest hit by MS-13 in recent years: