What Sanctuary Really Means Is That They Don’t Care About You

They certainly didn’t care what this guy might do. Authorities Ignored Detainer On Illegal Alien Accused Of Bashing Teenager’s Head And Dismembering His Body, ICE Says.

A teenager who was brutally murdered and then chopped into pieces, allegedly by a suspected MS-13 gang member, could still be alive today if local authorities had honored an ICE detainer, the agency said.

But you know, actually enforcing the law wouldn’t be woke. Or something. (Hat tip to the Daley Gator.)

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Chicago Keeping Gun Criminals on the Street

JusticeMore on Chicago’s recipe for more crime. Rapper “G Herbo” gets probation in gun case.

If you make something less expensive, you will see more of it. In this article, CWB Chicago looks at Cook County’s continuing efforts to make gun crime less expensive.

Rap star Herbert “G Herbo” Wright reached a plea deal with prosecutors who accused him of having a handgun in a limo near State and Roosevelt in February 2018. Two other men in the vehicle were also charged with having guns.

Wright and prosecutors struck a deal in which the rapper pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor carrying a firearm while prosecutors dropped four felony gun charges. Judge Matthew Coughlan sentenced him to two years probation, nine days time served, and levied a fine of $494.

Other incidents are handled in a similar fashion, and they are covered in the article linked at the top of this post.

How Many Times Do We Have to Pay for the Same Disaster?

So a few days ago, I had a rant about “Why won’t people prepare for emergencies?” And while I’m working on a longer rant, that may or may not see the light of day, one of the things I tripped over in wading through the morass that is FEMA documents, is a failure in the whole idea of planning and mitigation.

We are currently paying taxpayer money to some people for rebuilding homes and businesses in the path of a future hurricane. We are probably paying to assist the rebuilding of Paradise, California. I know FEMA was involved at some level, but I haven’t dived into that. In Russian River, California, one business has rebuilt 4 times due to flooding. With federally-subsidized flood insurance of course. When is it time to move? (Pay him his money on the condition that he not rebuild in a flood zone.) We know that another hurricane will hit Mexico Beach, Florida. We just don’t know when. Houses being constructed in Paradise, CA are exactly the kind of 2 X 4 stick construction that went up like candles. The next flood in Russian River will come. When, not if. Why are we not either paying to relocate these people or ensure that building methods are more sensible?

When do we say that we are going to stop subsidizing your bad decisions?

What’s the Cost of Being Stupid About Security?

If you’re working in the area of national security, the cost can be high. Exclusive: Russia carried out a ‘stunning’ breach of FBI communications system, escalating the spy game on U.S. soil.

This is a long article. And some of the conclusions differ from other reports in the media. But the conclusion is clear. The average person in the FBI (or CIA) is clueless about technology, and security, and incapable of making decisions about either. And the people who should have known better were delusional, about the “reset option” that Barack Obama had Hilary Clinton undertake. (They were sure to love us, once Bush was out of office. Or something.)

“It caused a really big rift within the [National Security Council] on how seriously they took analysis from the agency,” said the former CIA official. Senior administration leaders “went along with” some of the more optimistic analysis on the future of U.S.-Russia relations “in the hopes that this would work out,” the official continued.

Those disagreements were part of a “reset hangover” that persisted, at least for some inside the administration, until the 2016 election meddling, according to a former senior national security official.

After the Obama Administration finally admitted to itself that Russia was still an adversary…

American officials discovered that the Russians had dramatically improved their ability to decrypt certain types of secure communications and had successfully tracked devices used by elite FBI surveillance teams. Officials also feared that the Russians may have devised other ways to monitor U.S. intelligence communications, including hacking into computers not connected to the internet.

As a result of all of this, we expelled a batch of Russians and seized two estates Russia owned.

The article is long, but if you are interested in the world of signals intelligence, you will find it interesting. (The NBC article – second link at the top – is much shorter.)

And it isn’t a new problem, that the FBI sucks when it comes to security.

We do know, from research Matt Blaze and others did almost ten years ago, that at least one FBI radio system was horribly insecure in practice — but not in a way that breaks the encryption. Its poor design just encourages users to turn off the encryption. [From Schneier on Security, who get’s the hat tip]

Because I don’t need security, or something and it’s inconvenient. And besides, I don’t understand it so the Russians can’t either, right?

Oh, and also consider…

It’s unclear whether the Russians were able to recover encrypted data or just perform traffic analysis. The Yahoo story implies the former; the NBC News story says otherwise. It’s hard to tell if the reporters truly understand the difference.

The FBI isn’t the only group ignorant of security.

School Officials Are Afraid of MAGA Hats and American Flags

This headline is a baldfaced lie. North Carolina school officials cancel football game after cheerleaders’ Trump 2020 banner.

They canceled the game because they didn’t want to be on the national news with a bunch of people telling them what idiots they are.

A week after authorities placed a North Carolina high school cheerleading squad on probation for displaying a pro-Trump banner before a football game, school officials abruptly canceled the school’s Friday night game due to safety concerns.

There is a school policy that bans kids from displaying political signs/banners and distributing political literature.

School officials said in a statement released the day after the photo appeared. “Stanly County Schools respects the rights of its students, staff, and visitors to express their opinions in a respectful manner on their own time; however, Stanly County Board of Education policy prohibits the display or distribution of political advertisements on campus or at school events.”

I’m no lawyer, but I don’t see how this is compatible with the First Amendment. Maybe it could be “while in an official school uniform” like cheerleader or athlete. And even then, as long as no official coercion was involved… wouldn’t this fall under the same laws as prayer. Teams can pray, as long as no one is forced, and no official leads the prayer. But hey, just because that’s what the Constitution calls for, doesn’t mean that’s how the courts have decided stuff.

Anyway, a bunch of patriots had decided to attend the game, wave American flags, and support the cheerleaders. There would probably have been more than a few MAGA hats in attendance as well. Being the spinless jellyfish they are, the school-board cancelled the game.

Politicians Acting Against a Whistle-blower, and Being Generally Corrupt?

JusticeThat would never happen. Would it? Judge: Cincinnati police captain’s federal lawsuit can proceed against city, police chief.

If you follow news about the sorry state of 911 centers around the country, the way I do, you will eventually see some jurisdiction somewhere congratulating themselves on being ready to handle these newfangled cellular telephones. Because even though they collect taxes or fees on every cellphone bill specifically to support 911 services, there was no provision in the law to say that those taxes had to be spent on 911 services. So, in large part, for generations, they weren’t.

Butler claims in his original lawsuit, filed in September 2017, he was retaliated against after he raised questions about how the city spent its 911 fees and grant dollars while he was overseeing the Emergency Communications Center from Jan. 3, 2016 to Jan. 1, 2017.

That’s when he says he was moved and stripped of his managerial duties with virtually no notice.

And it seems that the fix was in, and not just on 911 fees. A friend of the mayor had a company that was basically skimming 15 percent of all city purchases. (Hey, it was service fee. Or something.)

Grab some popcorn. This should be an interesting bit of depositions and discovery. Because even though I believe that the fix is in, I’m not sure that the politicians in Cincinnati can twist a federal judge’s arm. In Chicago, I would believe that City Hall had that kind of power, but I just don’t see that Cincinnati is that organized.

Chicago Schools Fail to Protect Students from Sexual Abuse

The Left is always screaming about protecting the kids, but they didn’t seem motivated to protect kids in this case. ‘Extraordinary and appalling’ handling of sexual violence cases in Chicago Public Schools leads to federal oversight.

The civil rights office opened a systemic investigation concerning whether CPS had failed to promptly and accurately respond to complaints of sexual harassment and assault.

The civil rights office concluded that the district violated Title IX by failing to properly respond to such complaints, citing the two specific cases along with a broad statement that the district had systemically failed to respond properly to other complaints involving both adult-on-student and student-on-student sexual harassment.

“What we found was a system that was broken and in disarray,” Marcus said.

A Chicago bureaucracy in disarray? Color me shocked.

The original Tribune report can be found at the following link: Betrayed.

After the Tribune threatened to file a lawsuit to force public disclosure of basic CPS documents and data related to sexual misconduct, the district acknowledged that its Law Department had investigated 430 reports that school employees had sexually abused, assaulted or harassed students since 2011.

Administrators. Teachers. Coaches. And even the ones who weren’t actually attacking students, were subjecting victims to repeated interrogations, and inflicting emotional pain. But hey, they love kids; that’s why they’re in education.

Ineffective background checks exposed students to educators with criminal convictions and arrests for sex crimes against children. And CPS failed to disclose to other districts that past employees had resigned after investigators found credible evidence of abuse and harassment.

Because once they get rid of a bad-actor, it isn’t their problem anymore. And here I thought that all those cop-shows where the bad teachers went from district to district were over the top fabrications.