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Trump administration seeks to ease drone strike regulations

The Trump administration is set to roll back various limits on drone strikes and commando raids put in place under former President Barack Obama, The New York Times reported Thursday.

Under the policy, strikes would be expanded to include “foot-soldier jihadists” who do not necessarily have leadership roles, instead of allowing strikes only if militants are considered a “continuing and imminent threat” to U.S. citizens.

The proposed strikes would also no longer have to go through high-level vetting, according to the Times. The rollbacks would apply to commando raids and drone strikes outside of conventional battlefields, and would affect missions in countries where the U.S. has not targeted active Islamic militants, as well as countries such as Yemen, Libya and Somalia, where the U.S. are taken aim at militants, according to the report.

The proposal, which has taken shape over the past few months, will intensify the fight against terror organizations such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and al Qaeda. The proposal is likely to enrage human rights groups advocating for increased limits and bans on drone strikes to avoid civilian casualties.

However, the Trump administration will keep the requirement that there needs to be “near certainty” that no civilians will be killed during an attack.

The reported policy illustrates President Trump’s promise to go after jihadists with increased force, which he repeatedly advocated for on the campaign trail. Trump reaffirmed this mission in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, vowing to crush “loser” terrorists. “The United States and our allies are working together throughout the Middle East to crush the loser terrorists and stop the re-emergence of safe havens they use to launch attacks on all of our people,” he said.

Lawmaker posts “all lives splatter meme”, insists she was just promoting road safety

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Republican state lawmaker Lynne DiSanto of South Dakota shared an image on Facebook depicting protesters being hit by a vehicle under the caption, “All Lives Splatter.” DiSanto, who is the GOP’s majority whip in the state House, did not immediately return a phone call requesting comment. The image she uploaded in a public Facebook post said, “All lives splatter. Nobody cares about your protests. Keep your ass out of the road.” DiSanto in her post added, “I think this is a movement we can all support.” DiSanto shared the image less than one month after a driver plowed through counter protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring 19 others.

Comments from friends and constituents on the post were initially supportive of the image. After the post was more widely circulated, the tone of comments turned against DiSanto until she deleted the post Tuesday afternoon. DiSanto is set to again serve as majority whip during the 2018 legislative session unless she opts to step down from the elected position, said Republican House Majority Leader Lee Qualm.

“I don’t think that will have an impact,” Qualm said. “Obviously I think she wishes she had not put it out there, but she was quick to pull it down and it seems like one of those things you do without putting much thought into it.” Qualm said the move was an error in judgment. He said the party does not condone hitting protesters.

“To put up a meme that pretty much encourages violence and possibly murder, that’s inappropriate. She’s a community leader and an elected official,” said Lori Miller, a spokeswoman for the group Indivisible Rapid City. “Not only is she inciting violence, she is targeting a certain race of people.”

The Republican eventually deleted the post Tuesday, and issued as statement in which she said “I am sorry if people took offense to it and perceived my message in any way insinuating support or condoning people being hit by cars,” DiSanto said. “I perceived it differently. I perceived it as encouraging people to stay out of the street.” DiSanto said she failed to consider examples of violence against protesters when she shared her Facebook post. “That was a lack of judgment on my part to not take that into consideration, the highly charged political environment that we’re in,” she said.

Since then a post appeared on the Facebook page of Keller Williams Realty Black Hills that said, “Due to recent events, Lynne Disanto is no longer associated with Keller Williams Realty Black Hills.” DiSanto’s occupation is listed as “Realtor” on her legislative biography page on the South Dakota Legislature website.

Father dresses like clown; terrorizes unruly daughter

An Ohio man thought he could creatively discipline his 6-year-old daughter by chasing her around in a clown mask, but now he and a neighbor have been charged with various crimes.

 

The incident occurred Saturday, when 25-year-old Vernon Barrett Jr. put on a clown mask and began chasing his young daughter outside their apartment in Boardman Township, a suburb of Youngstown, Ohio.

Barrett later told arresting officers that it was a prank and a way to get the child to behave without resorting to spanking.

Initially, the terrified child ran to a stranger’s car nearby, jumped inside and told the driver she was being chased by a clown, according to police. That woman later told police that the man wearing the clown mask pulled the child out of her car. Unsure of what was happening, the woman called 911.  (“I don’t want to be named,” the witness told The Washington Post on Monday when reached by phone, “but I can tell you it scared the bejeezus out of me.”)

 

In the time it took officers to arrive, the child ran into the adjacent apartment of 48-year-old Dion Santiago, declared she was scared and asked whether she could stay there because a clown was chasing her, according to the police report.

 

“Santiago turned off the lights and looked out his apartment window and observed Barrett standing outside of the building with a clown mask on,” responding officer Joseph O’Grady wrote in his incident report. ” . . . [Santiago] grabbed his firearm and fired a shot out of his window.”

 

When officers responded to the scene, Santiago and Barrett were yelling at each other – the former still standing at his window and the latter still wearing a clown mask – and the girl remained too afraid to come out, police said. The child was identified in the incident report only by her initials.

 

“I attempted to tell J.B. that it was OK and that it was her father,” O’Grady wrote. “However, J.B. ran into the back bedroom of the apartment.”

She eventually emerged after a woman in Santiago’s apartment escorted her out, police said. O’Grady wrote that he had to physically separate Barrett and Santiago and call for backup because the two neighbors were getting into a heated argument, with Barrett insisting that Santiago had fired his gun at him.

 

Barrett was charged with child endangerment and inducing panic; Santiago was charged with using weapons while intoxicated, police said. Both were released and are scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

 

The child was placed in the custody of Barrett’s girlfriend while Barrett was detained, police said. Barrett told officers that his daughter’s mother was in prison for child endangerment after she had stepped on the child and broken several of her ribs, according to the incident report.

“Barrett said due to this he cannot

discipline his daughter and reported they have been having behavior problems with J.B. at school and home,” the report stated. “Barrett said that he decided to use the clown mask into scaring her to behave” but that the “prank” got out of hand.

 

Santiago, meanwhile, defended his actions to police, saying he was with his family when the 6-year-old burst into their apartment and startled them.

Eileen Kennedy-Moore, a psychologist who has written several books on parenting and child development, told The Post that it wasn’t surprising that the child in Ohio wouldn’t have been able to process that the man chasing her in the clown mask was her father.

“Especially when we’re really frightened, we’re not able to think clearly. We’re not able to process new information. We’re not able to understand someone else’s perspective,” Kennedy-Moore said. “A 6-year-old’s ability to distinguish between fantasy and reality is a little shaky.

The fact that it was a clown chasing the girl probably exacerbated the situation, the psychologist added.

“There’s something very creepy about clowns to children, because the faces don’t move and the features are kind of exaggerated,” Kennedy-Moore said.

 

Clowns aside, Kennedy-Moore advises against deliberately scaring children – even though adults, in anger, can often be tempted to convince children of their “badness,” she said.

 

“Children learn not through suffering but by doing it right,” Kennedy-Moore said. “A lot of parents feel bewildered and helpless in terms of helping their kids to learn how to behave. In general, we want to be a source of safety rather than fear for our kids.”

German teen who joined Isis may face death penalty in Iraq

16-year-old German citizen Linda Wenzel is currently awaiting trial in Baghdad for aiding Isis fighters. The teenager was found hiding in a basement in Mosul by Iraqi forces during an offensive to drive the jihadists from the city in July.

Wenzel ran away from her home in eastern Germany to join Isis in Iraq after talking to extremists online and is believed to have spent around a year in the country.  She said it took her a month to travel to Turkey, through Syria and into Iraq to marry an Isis fighter before she was taken to Mosul, where her husband was killed shortly after they arrived. Iraqi intelligence forces told AP that Linda allegedly worked with the Isis “police force”.

“You know teenagers under certain laws, they are accountable for their actions especially if the act is a criminal activity when it amounts to killing innocent people,” the Prime Minister said in an interview with the Associated Press. He added her fate will now be detmerined by the court system.

Iraq carried out at least 88 executions by hanging in 2016 and has put to death large numbers of people for terrorism offences since taking Mosul back from Isis.

If tried in Germany, Linda could face a prison term between of between one and ten years. Germany’s Foreign Ministry previously said they were working on returning the teen and three other German women who are imprisoned in Iraq, but there is currently no extradition treaty between the two countries.

Amir Musawy, an Iraqi journalist who met the German teenager after her arrest, said she was “exhausted” and had a leg injury when he spoke to her.

He said he was not sure she recognised the gravity of the situation she now finds herself in.

“I do not have the feeling that she understands what she did, and what she might have waiting for her, whether in Iraq or in Germany.

“She just told me that she wants her home back, like a journey that she went on and did not like.

“It’s like she is still thinking like a child or a young woman and not understanding what is waiting for her.”

She was 15 years old when she fled her homeland and told journalists in July that she regrets ever going to Iraq.

“I want to go home to my family,” she said at the time. “I want to get out of the war, away from the weapons, the noise.”

 

white Louisiana man murders 2 black men in racially motivated hate crime

Baton Rouge, LA- 23 year old Kenneth Gleason was taken into custody Tuesday after being arrested twice for lesser charges over the previous few days. He was being held for stealing a copy of the book “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” when he was hit with two murder charges after two separate shootings that left 2 black men dead.

The shootings happened about five miles from each other. The first occurred Tuesday night when 59-year-old Bruce Cofield, who was homeless, was shot to death. The second happened Thursday night when 49-year-old Donald Smart was gunned down while walking to work at a cafe popular with Louisiana State University students. Smart is survived by an aunt, a son, and two daughters.

Police have stated that the slayings of Cofield and Smart were racially motivated. In each shooting, police said, the suspect fired from his car then walked up to the victims as they were lying on the ground and fired again multiple times. Neither victim had any prior relationship with Gleason according to Baton Rouge Sgt. L’Jean McKneely.

Authorities said during a press conference that they believe Gleason would have killed again if he was not apprehended. Investigators also recovered a copy of an Adolf Hitler speech from Gleason’s home.

Mckneely said shell casings from the shootings linked the two slayings, and a car belonging to Gleason fit the description of the vehicle police were looking for. He said authorities had collected other circumstantial evidence but he wouldn’t say what it was.

 

Investigators say Gleason has also been linked to third shooting in which he fired on the house of an African-American family in his neighborhood. No one was injured when someone fired multiple times into the home, authorities said. It is not yet clear if Gleason knew the family.

District attorney Hillar Moore said his office could seek the death penalty. “It appears to be cold, calculated, planned [against] people who were unarmed and defenseless,” he said. “We don’t need to prove motive. There are a lot of things that are unanswered.”

 

Dylann Roof attempts to fire his lawyers, calls them “biological enemies”

Dylann Roof, who was sent to federal death row after being found guilty of gunning down nine people two years ago at a historically black church in Charleston, S.C., has petitioned to have his legal team dismissed.

“My two currently appointed attorneys, Alexandra Yates and Sapna Mirchandani, are Jewish and Indian respectively,” Roof wrote in a letter filed Monday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. “It is therefore quite literally impossible that they and I could have the same interests relating to my case.” Roof also added that his attorneys are “a barrier to effective communication.”

The handwritten note goes on to state, “Because of my political views, which are arguably religious, it will be impossible for me to trust two attorneys that are my political and biological enemies.”

 

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Roof confessed to the crime during a taped interrogation, at times laughing about the killings, and claiming he planned to start a race war because he is a white supremacist. Roof’s defense attorney David Bruck argued that his client was influenced by hateful online rhetoric. The Post and Courier reported that Bruck wanted to present evidence of Roof’s mental illness in a bid to spare his life, but Roof opposed it.

In his letter, Roof says that Bruck is Jewish and that it “was a constant source of conflict even with my constant efforts to look past it.” Roof had sought to represent himself but ended up permitting Bruck to take the role of lead counsel during the guilt phase of his trial. He told Bruck that he hated him and would kill him if he was ever released from prison. In response to plans by his attorneys to present a mental health defense, Roof called his legal team the “sneakiest people I ever met.”

“Because of my political views, which are arguably religious, it will be impossible for me to trust two attorneys that are my political and biological enemies,” Roof said in a handwritten, three-page motion filed Monday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.

 

Sikh man stabbed to death in Idaho

22 year old Gagandeep Singh was stabbed to death by a passenger in his taxi on Tuesday in Bonner County, Idaho.

Singh, a software engineering student was attacked by a passenger whom he picked up from the Spokane International Airport.

Police have identified Singh’s attacker as 19-year-old Jacob Coleman, who flew from Seattle to Spokane to start a new semester at Gonzaga University, but was denied entry because his paperwork hadn’t been completed. Coleman claims he began having “homicidal thoughts” after being unable to access the campus.

Coleman, a resident of Puyallup, Washington, asked Singh to drive him to a fictitious friend’s house in Bonner County, Idaho. When Singh became suspicious and couldn’t find the address Coleman provided, Coleman stabbed Singh.

Coleman attacked Singh with the knife he bought from a local store on the way near East Rail Road Avenue and surrendered to the local police at the crime scene.

Coleman has been charged with first-degree murder.

While police have yet to declare this a hate crime, Singh’s family released a statement saying:

“Singh  became a victim of racial hatred. As the Trump government is now showing exit doors to the Asians due to few job opportunities, Indians and Asians as a whole are becoming the victims of racial hatred.”

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