Archives for 2010

Workplace Violence

Terminated employees continue to be a concern to all businesses because of the number of violent responses seen across the country.  Many of the incidents have led to the loss of life. Staging a meeting away from the office to a neutral location, and having trained investigators on hand to assist can lessen the tension and be a safer solution for all involved.

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Murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry

Another U.S. Agent is killed by Mexican criminals who are crossing into our country with firearms, to further their criminal activities.  Having worked on the Mexican border from 1975 until 1981, I know this type of activity is nothing new.  Patrol Officers and Agents have fallen victim to smugglers and Mexican crime groups ever since they have been guarding our borders.  Unfortunately, they have never had the support from the government to handle the job.  If the U.S. government doesn’t “step up” and support our  Patrol Officers and Agents along the Southern Border, we will see the same type of bloody violence in U.S. border towns as experienced in Mexico.  It is time to protect our Agents, Patrol Officers, and our citizens from these murdering groups of bandits.  Now is the time to support the National Guard Border Enforcement Act H.R. 6253.  Contact your Representative and ask them to support H.R. 6253.  Lets show the Mexican government and the crime groups in Mexico we won’t stand idly by while these individuals terrorize our Cities and States.

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Illegal firearms transactions

ATF Agents investigating the illegal sale of firearms deserve our gratitude. The sale, or transfer, of firearms to individuals who are prohibited from possessing them, jeopardizes the safety of every citizen. It is important for you to leave your comments to The News Tribune article expressing your concerns and thoughts on this matter.

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Port of Tacoma and State Partnership Program in Thailand

Marty Kapsh and I have worked together since 1993, when I was transferred to the Port of Tacoma as a U.S. Customs Senior Special Agent. Marty’s expertise in technology, narcotics investigation, and local knowledge, made our collaboration a strong one. We were able to present a strong deterring factor to those who thought they could engage in criminal activity at the Port of Tacoma.  Developing intelligence on those responsible for smuggling goods, narcotics, and weapons, soon expanded and led us to pursue cases at surrounding ports, airports, other states and countries. As a result, we were involved in some of the largest seizures in our area, and elsewhere.

Since 2000 Marty has been a Port of Tacoma, Washington, Port Security Officer. He has continued to expand his knowledge and level of expertise into new areas. Since 2004, Officer Kapsh has been a part time employee of Pierce County Emergency Management’s Training cadre, instructing Federal, Military and local emergency responders in the Incident Command System (ICS), the National Incident Management System (NIMS), awareness level training of Terrorist Response and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).  Since 2009, Officer Kapsh, in working with the Washington State National Guard’s State Partnership Program, has made four training sessions to the Kingdom of Thailand.  This training dealt specifically with the Seaports of Bangkok and Laem Chabang as well as the Airports of Thailand. This training was focused on teaching their Emergency Responders (Royal Thai Police, Thai Marine Police, Thai Port Authority, Fire, Medical Services, Royal Thai Air Force/Army, Thai National Security Council, Thai Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation and local responders). This Thai training focused on teaching a “Thailand” adapted Incident Command System, Port Security, including assisting in Port vulnerability and threat assessments, and issues with Civil Disobedience and Crowd Control, as they relate to their Port environment.

Marty also performs collateral duties as a Training Officer, training  Port Officers in Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC), Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), Under Vehicle Camera inspection System (used to detect IED’s, contraband and other items that could be smuggled into the Port) and the Federal Emergency Management  Administration’s (FEMA)  National Incident Management System/Incident Command System (a standardized national approach for various responders to effectively prepare, prevent, respond and mitigate natural and manmade disasters or crisis). Officer Kapsh is a current member of Pierce County’s Type 3 Incident Management Team. 
The government of Thailand has continued to request that Marty Kapsh be allowed to travel to Thailand to instruct their Emergency Responders. For more information on the State Partnership Program and training that Marty has been involved with in Thailand read more…

Navy SEAL Matthew McCabe NOT GUILTY!!!

Jurors deliberated less than two hours and found Navy SEAL Matthew McCabe Not Guilty of the charges against him.

 

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Navy SEAL case, verdict expected Friday.

During opening statements in Matthew McCabe’s Court Martial, defense attorney Neal Puckett stated that an oral surgeon would testify that the injuries to Ahmed Hashim Abed could have been self inflicted. Puckett made reference to the “Manchester Manual” aka the Al Qaeda Handbook, which directs captured terrorists to complain of torture and inflict injuries upon themselves.

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Trial of Navy SEAL Matthew McCabe

The military has decided to press on with the Court Martial of Matthew McCabe despite public, and political opinion, in an effort to save face after pursuing such a ridiculous case.  This is a prime example of the waste of tax payers money to fund a witch hunt.

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Two of the three Navy SEALs, NOT GUILTY.

BACKGROUND:

A Navy SEAL team was dispatched to apprehend a terrorist Ahmed Hashim Abed,  who was was allegedly the mastermind behind the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater security guards.   At great peril to themselves, these brave young servicemen went into hostile territory and brought him in alive.  At some point “ALLEGEDLY” one of the YOUNG Navy SEALS punched the prisoner.  Another serviceman made a complaint to his superior, and the SEALs were questioned.  Subsequently, the SEALs were told they would be subjected to a Captain’s Mast, which could have harmed their careers, so they declined it.  The cases were then brought forward under a Court Martial.

FINDINGS:
A military judge  Friday found Petty Officer Jonathan Keefe, NOT GUILTY.
Petty Officer 1st Class Julio Huertas, was found NOT GUILTY on Thursday. 

Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew McCabe will be tried May 3, 2010, in Norfolk, Virginia. Please continue to support these three SEALs!!!

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U.S. Marshals Service Task Force arrest 2 brothers, in Kenmore, WA, wanted for the Murder of four individuals at a North Hollywood,CA restaurant on April 3, 2010.

U.S. Marshals, along with members of the King County Sheriff’s Office tactical team arrested Nerses and Samuel Galstyan last night at a residence in Kenmore, Wa. The Galstyan brothers were wanted out of Los Angeles, California for the murder of four individuals at a North Hollywood restaurant on April 3, 2010.

Potential Suit by relatives of the slain Lakewood Officers

Potential suit to be brought against Pierce County by relatives of the slain Lakewood officers.  Recorded phone calls, from the Pierce County jail,  in which Maurice Clemmons talked of killing police officers were not monitored. 

Pierce County indicates calls from the jail are recorded, however, jail officers do not monitor them regularly. What good is a system if you don’t use it?  Though Clemmons made general threats, could those threats have kept him in jail where he belonged? Could that have prevented the tragic loss of life?

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