Parkland Shooting Survivors Sue Broward County Sheriff, FBI

The families of two students that were wounded in the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida plan to sue the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, the Broward School Board.

The two survivors filing lawsuits include Kyle Laman and Anthony Borges, both 15 years old. The plaintiffs allege negligence against Broward County Public Schools, Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ principal, and its school resource officer.

Laman was shot in the foot and had to undergo two major surgeries to reconstruct ligaments, with more scheduled in the future.

Borges was shot five times. He is still recovering in the hospital.

When shots broke out, Borges rushed into action and attempted to close and lock the classroom door. This led to his injuries but helped saved up to 20 lives. While he lay on the floor, he gave a description of the shooter to the police.

His description ultimately led to the arrest of Nikolas Cruz.

The Feb. 14 shooting left 17 dead and 16 wounded. There are expected to be several more lawsuits filed in response.

FBI Admits They Failed Protocol…

According to a statement released by the FBI:

“A person close to Nikolas Cruz contacted the FBI’s Public Access Line (PAL) tipline to report concerns about him. The caller provided information about Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting. Under established protocols, the information provided by the caller should have been assessed as a potential threat to life. The information then should have been forwarded to the FBI Miami Field Office, where appropriate investigative steps would have been taken. We have determined that these protocols were not followed for the information received by the PAL on January 5. The information was not provided to the Miami Field Office, and no further investigation was conducted at that time.”

MS-13 Member Deported to El Salvador After Arrest in Virginia

A member of the violent gang MS-13 was deported back to El Salvador last week after being arrested in Virginia on immigration crimes.

Raul Ramos-Guido, 32, was detained in Falls Church, VA in 2015 for immigration violations. He has been held by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) while his deportation orders went through.

Repeat Offender

This isn’t the first time that Ramos-Guido has had a run-in with law enforcement. In 2014, he was deported back to El Salvador. He later came back to the United States and lived in Virginia illegally. A year later, he was arrested as “an aggravated felon who had previously been removed from the United States.”

While in federal custody awaiting deportation, international law enforcement agency Interpol sent out a Red Notice for Ramos’ arrest, notifying the U.S. that he was wanted in El Salvador for murder. ICE turned Ramos over to their Enforcement and Removal Operations, and he was finally removed from the U.S. on Friday.

MS-13 started in Los Angeles by immigrants from El Salvador. It has been active in the United States for over 30 years. The gang’s motto is “mata, viola, controla,” or “kill, rape, control.” Their activities on both here and abroad prove they are serious about all three.

One Justice Department official explained

they seek to live up to this motto through truly shocking acts of violence designed to instill fear: vicious machete attacks, execution-style gunshots, gang rape and human trafficking.

Total membership is estimated to be in the tens of thousands, with members spread all over Central American and most states. They are known for heroin and methamphetamine trafficking as well as other gang activity.

Ramos arrived back in El Salvador over the weekend. The real question remains — how long before he crosses into the United States a third time?

Parkland, Florida School Shooting: 10 Facts to Know

The terrible mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School claimed the lives of 17 innocent people. As the nation mourns the tragic loss of life, it seeks to answer one question: “How did this happen?” Here are 10 key facts about the attack.

Former Student Unleashes Terror

  1. Nikolas Cruz, a former student at the school, committed the mass shooting. He is 19 years old and currently in custody on 17 murder charges.
  2. Students and teachers at the school knew Cruz as a deeply disturbed young man. One math teacher told reporters that the school prohibited him from bringing a backpack to campus. A student remarked that “everyone predicted this.”
  3. A white supremacist group called “Republic of Florida” claims that Cruz was a member. However, this report has not yet been confirmed.

Victims and Heroes

4. While students ran from the bullets, teacher and football coach Aaron Feis gave his life to protect them. Feis threw himself in front of the students. During the attack, Cruz shot him twice. Feis later died from his injuries.

5. Geography teacher Scott Beigel opened his classroom door to shelter students running from the gunman in the hallway. When he opened the door, Cruz fatally shot him. One of Beigel’s students told CNN, “Mr. Beigel was my hero, and he still will forever be my hero. I will never forget the actions that he took for me and for fellow students in the classroom.”

6. Parents received haunting text messages from students who thought they were saying their final goodbyes. Student hid under desks and in closets. Many texted their loved ones about the situation.

Warning Signs

7. The FBI knew of Nikolas Cruz in September 2017. Someone reported Cruz, who commented on a YouTube video about carrying out a school shooting. Cruz left the comment under his real name.

8. The school had previously expelled Cruz for fighting. He grew up without a father, and his mother passed away last year.


9. The community in Parkland, Florida, is only beginning to deal with the aftermath of this shattering tragedy. Several locations have held vigils for the victims. Service groups have brought in therapy dogs and made counseling available to children and adults alike who are struggling.

10. A police officer says he found Nikolas Cruz walking on a sidewalk near the school. Cruz is held without bond. Authorities say he seems alert and responsive to questions.

Michigan State Employees Enabled Dr. Nasser’s Abuses

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina sentenced Larry Nassar to 175 years in prison today, as punishment for his sexual abuse of 160 young girls. Nassar worked as the team physician for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University. He used his position of power to abuse these girls, and a broken system allowed him to continue abusing even after athletes reported him to the school.

The Coverup

Several of Nassar’s victims told other trusted adults about the abuse they suffered. Those adults, particularly the staff at Michigan State, let the victims down. Nassar’s former boss, Dr. William Strampel, knew about the terribly serious accusations. However, he allowed Nassar to continue seeing patients – or rather, victims – for 16 months while under criminal investigation. Strampel put in place nominal rules to prevent sexual abuse, but he never followed up on them. The doctor’s horrors continued unchecked because Strampel looked the other way.

In 1997, two young victims went to Kathie Klages – then the head coach of MSU gymnastics – and reported what Nasser had done to them. Klages did nothing. She refused to help the girls, and she never told their parents about what their daughters had to say. Klages continued to actively support the horrible doctor. In 2016, Klages pressured her gymnastics team to sign a card for Nasser to demonstrate their support for him.

Another athlete reported Nassar to three different athletic trainers in 1998. None of them helped her.

In 2014, Michigan State conducted its own Title IX investigation into Nassar’s medical practices. Four Michigan State doctors claimed that forced penetration of the pelvic area could qualify as a real medical treatment. However, Nassar’s practices had no legitimate medical purpose. He didn’t treat these girls; he assaulted them. The doctors who excused this sexual assault allowed it to continue.

What’s Next

Dr. Strampel remains employed by Michigan State, though he has taken a medical leave of absence as of December 2017. Kathie Klages retired from Michigan State in February 2017. Neither is facing criminal charges at this time. Still, victims (including Aly Raisman) are calling for Nasser’s enablers to be held accountable.

Illegal Alien Wishes He’d Killed More Cops, Threatens Escape

Luis Bracamontes, a 37-year old illegal immigrant from Mexico, is on trial for killing two Sacramento-based cops in October 2014. Bracamontes confessed to the murders during court hearings.

Jeffrey Barbour, a public defender representing Bracamontes, stated during the trial, “Mr. Bracamontes is responsible for the deaths of Deputy Danny Oliver and Detective Michael Davis. He shot them both.”

“I will kill more…”

A video of the proceedings depicts the suspect laughing and grinning in a Sacramento County Superior Courtroom, as the prosecutor outlined the case for jurors. At one point Bracamontes loudly declared, “I will break out soon, and I will kill more.”

His defense team believes that the outbursts and laughter are all the result of some form of mental illness. They asked the judge if they could enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. The request was quickly denied by the judge.

Bracamontes will receive either the death penalty or life in prison if he is convicted. He was deported from the US several times prior to the murders but was allowed reentry due to the broken immigration system and sanctuary policies.

Steve Bannon Subpoenaed in Mueller Investigation

Former Chief Strategist for the Trump campaign Steve Bannon was subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury last week in the ongoing investigation into collusion between the President’s campaign and Russian officials.

Bannon is the first member of Trump’s advisors to be forced to testify by grand jury subpoena. It’s unclear why Mueller used a subpoena with Bannon when so many others did not receive one.

Closed Session Testimony

Tuesday morning, Bannon testified before a closed session of the House Intelligence Committee. It’s rumored he was asked about quotes in the new anti-Trump book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Bannon allegedly said Donald Trump Jr. engaged in “treasonous” activity and the investigation would “crack Don Jr. like an egg on national TV.”

Bannon later said he was referring to Paul Manafort, not the President’s son. Manafort, as the President’s former campaign manager, is a “seasoned campaign professional with experience and knowledge of how the Russians operate.” According to Bannon, Manafort should have known better.

Several quotes attributed to Bannon came to light that is critical of the President, his family, and associates. One such statement is a characterization of Ivanka Trump as being “dumb as a brick.”

President Trump took to Twitter to bash Bannon in return, even threatening to sue him for defamation. Conincidentally, Bannon’s long-time position as Executive Director of the extremely pro-Trump Breitbart News suddenly vaporized.

Obama Gas Station Owner Charged with Tax Evasion

Columbia, South Carolina’s landmark Obama gas station may have been cheating on its taxes. Police arrested the station’s owner, 39 year old Murad Alhanik, on grounds that he failed to pay over $136,000 in sales taxes in the past four years.

In 2009, Alhanik purchased the store – then called Cruiser – with his brother, Josh Saleh. The two renamed the store the Obama Mart in 2011. Saleh told the Post Courier that the name change was a marketing decision. “I like him, yeah, but I also did it for the community. This is a black neighborhood, and most people here love Obama.”

The branding strategy worked. The Obama Mart drew more customers than Cruiser, even though the gas station and store remained the same. Even though some neighbors see the Obama name as appeals to potential customers in the station’s mostly African-American neighborhood. The store has no plans to change its name under the Trump administration.

Sales Tax Lies?

Between 2013 and 2016, Alhanik may have lied on his taxes. Fox News reports, “The South Carolina Department of Revenue said Alhanik filed $971,935 in sales tax returns in the period between 2013 and 2016, but after an investigation the agency found the store’s sales was $2.6 million.” This means that the store allegedly cheated the government out of $136,000 in sales taxes.

Police booked Alhanik into Richland County Jail, where he currently awaits trial on four counts of tax evasion. If convicted, he could face up to 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for each charge. Alhanik’s brother and co-owner, Saleh, has not yet been charged with a crime. The two were born in Yemen.

Jeff Sessions Ending Obama-Era Marijuana Policies

The debate concerning legalization efforts rages on as the federal marijuana enforcement policy is set to change. According to a recent memo released by The Department of Justice (DOJ), Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed all US Attorneys to enforce the laws enacted by Congress and to follow well-established principles when pursuing prosecutions related to marijuana activities. Sessions said, “It is the mission of the Department of Justice to enforce the laws of the United States, and the previous issuance of guidance undermines the rule of law and the ability of our local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement partners to carry out this mission.”

According to a recent Gallup poll, nearly two in three Americans support the legalization of marijuana in the United States. Further, a majority of adults in the US support the use of medical marijuana regardless of their political affiliation. In addition to the District of Columbia, there are eight states that allow the recreational sale of marijuana, and all but five states allow some form of medical use. But, the drug remains illegal at the federal level under the Controlled Substances Act.

The Obama Administration promoted a policy of non-interference with marijuana-friendly state laws and encouraged prosecutors to focus on other issues. Now, the marijuana industry will be faced with a growing number of uncertainties as attorneys are left to decide what types of these cases to prosecute.

A recent vote in Congress extended a spending provision that reinforces state medical marijuana laws, leaving many in the industry still trying to interpret just how these policy changes will affect them.

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Rep. Devin Nunes Steps Up in Mueller Probe, Both Parties Worried

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, may take back the reins of the Committee’s Russia probe, and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are concerned enough to issue public warnings to him about his going after the FBI.

Though Nunes was accused of improperly disclosing classified information during the scandal about unmasking Obama administration surveillance targets, the lawmaker was cleared last month of any wrongdoing. His exoneration has now paved the way for him to take back control of the Russia investigation if he so chooses, as part of his duties.

Nunes gathered a group of GOP lawmakers on the Intelligence Committee to draft a report on the current state of corruption and bias of the investigators who are supposed to be conducting a fair and impartial probe.

As a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, Nunes’s latest actions – including threats of citations against FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for contempt – have Democrats and Republicans alike worried that Nunes is rocking the boat.

Democrats are concerned that Nunes’s loyalty to Trump will result in the lawmaker hampering the investigation, and Republicans worry that his public condemnations of federal law enforcement will erode public trust.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) is a member of the House Intelligence Committee and Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, told the Washington Post last month that he was “interested in getting access to the information and not the drama,” suggesting that Nunes’s actions were more theater than substance. Nunes also planned to publicly report the results of a corruption investigation into the FBI, an action that Gowdy vehemently opposes.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, says Nunes’s goal is to shut down the Russia investigation completely while giving Trump a pass, as well as flipping the spotlight back to law enforcement. Fellow Democrats see Nunes’s actions as merely covering up misconduct – Nunes, however, seems to be looking to prove the only misconduct resides within federal law enforcement and the investigation itself.

Obama Administration Exposed in Hezbollah Drug Trafficking Scandal

Former President Barack Obama’s administration has been implicated in a new scandal alleging that officials torpedoed an eight-year drug trafficking investigation and allowed terrorist group Hezbollah to traffic cocaine into the U.S. so that Obama’s Iran deal could go through.

POLITICO spent months investigating evidence that Obama’s DOJ purposely derailed an operation called Project Cassandra, named after the mythological character whose true prophecies were never believed. According to dozens of people involved in the project interviewed by POLITICO, Obama officials consistently “delayed, hindered, or rejected” requests for prosecutions, arrests, and financial sanctions.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration spent nearly a decade mapping Hezbollah’s networks, discovering that the Iranian terror group is running a $1 billion industry of drug and weapons trafficking, money laundering, and more. The group’s activities funded a widespread expansion, denoting a mission change from “a Middle East-focused military and political organization into an international crime syndicate” with global clout – and the ability to funnel cocaine into the United States.

POLITICO found that the Justice Department refused to allow DEA agents to file charges against the biggest players in Hezbollah’s criminal activities, including the group’s envoy to Iran, a bank in Lebanon, and many others. One of Hezbollah’s many schemes used 30 U.S. used car buyers, and used the American businesses to launder money for their operations.

No matter how much evidence was amassed by the agents working out of a top-secret facility, officials ensured their efforts were in vain.

David Asher, an illicit finance analyst for the Department of Defense, helped establish Project Cassandra. He told POLITICO that “[The obstruction] was a policy decision, it was a systemic decision. They serially ripped apart this entire effort that was very well supported and resourced, and it was done from the top down.” Asher’s words were echoed by many on the project, and serve as a cautionary tale about what happens when the White House puts its own priorities above that of the nation. In this case, Americans lost.