Firearms Training for Law Enforcement

Federal Way recently had an unfortunate incident where a law enforcement officer (LEO) shot at a man that was threatening the officer with a gun that looked like a real gun; shooting the subject would have been justified. But why did the officer shoot twice and miss?

Officers are trained not to shoot unless an opponent presents deadly force. An officer is trained to aim for center of body mass. The primary objective is to stop an opponent from inflicting death or grave bodily harm. If the LEO hesitates or misses, the risk is that the officer or bystanders will become victims. The fact that the Federal Way incident occurred at a strip mall raises the issue of bystanders being hit by the LEO’s shots. The officer missed his shots. This raises the issue of whether the officer would be alive had the subject been carrying a real gun.

LEOs justifiably hold Monday morning quarterbacks, including many lawyers, in disdain. Every time an LEO shoots at an assailant, no matter how justified, lawyers reconstruct every moment before, during and after the shooting. A few thoughts on training are in order, nevertheless.

LEO firearms training starts with the LEO’s desire to return alive to loved ones at the end of the shift! Although officers must meet basic proficiency standards, many of them have never fired a shot in self-defense. Many competent “civilians” can and do take the time to become trained and acquire gun handling skill that equals or exceeds the average LEO’s skill.

Consider the effect on motor skills as adrenaline starts pumping along with the heavy first trigger-pull that commonly causes LEOs to jerk the first shot with some semi-automatics under stress. Studies have proven that officers and civilians that participate in exercises simulating real-life scenarios have a much better chance of surviving a gun fight. Competitions that combine speed, movement, shooting from cover and multiple targets create the stress necessary to increase LEO and civilian survivability.

Studies show that mistaken shootings are more likely to happen in low light. Shooting an innocent subject as he presents his identification may be blamed on racism when lack of low-light training is to blame. How many departments have a house where officers can shoot at targets in a darkened environment? It is unlikely such opportunities are available unless the LEO pays for private training.

FWPD trains its LEOs beyond the minimal levels required by law enforcement; neverthless, a defensive handgun class like the one at the Firearms Academy of Seattle teaches civilians and LEOS how to survive without incurring legal liability and the experience will enhance your appreciation for LEOs protecting us on the street. Marty Hayes told me that it is not uncommon for LEOs to attend FAS as a unit at their own expense. Whether or not you are an LEO, you owe it to your family to remain alive. If you are a civilian with a CPL and exercise your right to bear arms, you are responsible to know the laws, be safe and be proficient.

Protecting the Federal Way Municipal Court

A recent study by the Washington State Board for Judicial Administration (BJA) provides information to help protect our courts from violence. The BJA, co-chaired by Grant County District Court Judge Janis Whitener-Moberg and King County Superior Court Judge Steven C. González, adopted Public Safety Standards for Washington State Courthouses in July 2007.

The Standards provide guidance for courts of all sizes in all parts of Washington for implementing security training, screening, weapons policy, use of force, alarm systems, key card access, threat assessment and facility design.

Additionally, the Administrative Office of the Courts assisted to develop a comprehensive system for reporting and tracking security incidents across the state. The incidents that have been reported in the last two years are striking, both in number and scope of threat and attack, according to Judge González.

Increased presence of law enforcement is one of the primary issues on which our courts need to focus.

Weapons screening stations should have:

• Adequate room for people to congregate inside, out of the weather, without being so crowded as to present additional security problems.

• A magnetometer, x-ray equipment, and hand-held magnetometers for backup screening.

• A duress alarm to summon additional help if needed.

• Closed circuit television monitoring of the access point.

• Adequate staffing of at least two trained staff to monitor traffic flow and at least one officer with a weapon to observe and respond to emergencies.

• Access to a private area to conduct more thorough searches using same gender personnel.

Emphasis added

Federal Way Municipal Court has one unarmed security guard at the metal detectors. Two armed bailiffs are usually busy transporting prisoners; Federal Way personnel with whom I have spoken are concerned for their own safety, the safety of judges, attorneys and other parties such as defendants and witnesses, as well as the public.

Indeed! The metal detector ensures that only an occasional LEO inside the courthouse is armed but also ensures that an intruder that can get past the unarmed security officer will be in an almost gun free environment. If such a scenario seems far-fetched then why do we have the metal detectors? In fact, Judge González states, every kind of threat, including threats to prosecutors and judges are on the upsurge and numerous judges, attorneys and other persons have been gunned down in the courtrooms of the United States.

Sudden violence has erupted in King County courts, too!

If we ask folks to disarm in order to enter the courthouse, we need to take reasonable precautions against foreseeable threats. The presiding judge can take some leadership on such issues and should be doing so.

In the entrance to the Thurston County District Court there are usually two attendants, both experienced LEOs, always with sidearms. In the Kitsap County Courthouse there are often three officers, always armed. In neighboring Fife there is an armed security officer at the metal detectors and always an armed bailiff in the courtroom. The prosecutor is also armed.

Many judges are also armed, according to well-placed sources. King County Superior Court and the King County District Courts station armed sheriff’s deputies along with unarmed security guards at the metal detectors.

Of course, there are also other courts in our area that choose to remain in denial as to the level of threat confronting those of us that enter the courthouse doors.

Any public official, including a judge, should be willing to sacrifice some of his or her salary in order to provide an armed presence at the entrance to our courthouse. Any city council member that is willing to sacrifice the safety of the public in order to solve the current budget crisis should be voted out of office.

See it for real: Video of man with AK-47 invading a courthouse.

Preparing for Narco-Terrorism in the Pacific Northwest

In February, 2008, the Dallas Morning News reported that CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico and Nuevo Laredo were competing for the title of bloodiest border city.

In the first two months of 2008, Juárez had 72 murders – most of them tied to the drug cartels. They are the result of a bloody fight for control of drug distribution routes to U.S. cities, including several cities in the State of Washington.

Every authority on the subject has been predicting that the violence is about to cross the border into the U.S. About the time that Mexican officials discovered eight bodies buried at a Juárez warehouse, an El Paso Times/News Channel 9 poll showed that 64 percent of El Paso residents feared that Juárez violence would spill into the U.S. The two cities, just across the Rio Grande from each other, have close cultural ties.

In Nuevo Laredo, the cartels have killed at least one journalist, a city council member and a police chief on the job just seven hours before he was gunned down. Additionally, the cartels had created a list of police officers marked for death. Many of the LEOs on the list have already been killed along with scores of other officers that were not on the list.

According to the Dallas Morning News articles, the Nuevo Laredo news media “self-censor” much of the news they report about the cartels because of fear that more journalists will be assassinated. “We’re reporting maybe 15 percent of what’s happening in our city,” said Alfredo Quijano, editor of the newspaper, whose building has received bomb threats. The newspaper issued a statement telling readers its reporters will stick to reporting “dead bodies and not investigations.”

“We’re seeing the importation of Nuevo Laredo-style violence being unleashed to take control of this important gateway,” said a senior U.S. law enforcement official, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “The … magnitude, the brutality, the type of violence, this is what we now call Nuevo Laredo-style. It’s a proven strategy aimed at intimidating the public, law enforcement, the media.”

After killing two Juárez police officers the assassins left a note at a monument for fallen officers with the names of 17 others they want to kill. “For those who don’t believe it, we will do it,” the note said, followed by the names of the officers. Days later, four of those on the list were dead and a new list was left. In January and February of 2008 alone, 40 policemen left the force according to a spokesman for the Juárez Police.

Despite 30,000 soldiers deployed around Mexico to take on the cartels, journalists from Juarez take refuge in El Paso. Carlos Huerta, a reporter for Norte de Ciudad de Juárez newspaper left following death threats.

El Paso and cities like Phoenix are experiencing an increase in kidnappings. “It would be naïve to say nothing is happening,” said Mr. Almonte, who’s running for El Paso Sheriff. “We’re a border area, but we’re one area. Do Mexican cartels have a presence in El Paso? The answer is yes, absolutely yes.” Mr. Almonte stated that five suspected drug cartel members arrested in Juárez were from El Paso. Additionally, CNN reports that Phoenix has become the nation’s kidnapping capital, largely because of the cartels’ increasing presence there.

The Dallas Morning News reported that, during just one 48 hour period in 2008, a police commander was gunned down in Chihuahua City; at least four people were killed in different parts of Juárez; and three Juárez banks were robbed in one day.

Our American gun culture may be the best barrier to prevent such an epidemic of murder, kidnapping and robbery from surging across the border. According to a recent CNN story, “the cartel’s tentacles and those of its chief rival, the Gulf cartel, already reach across the border and into metropolitan areas such as Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Seattle, Washington; St. Louis, Missouri; and Charlotte, North Carolina.”

In March, 2009, thirty-two-year-old Alfonso Ibanez-Martinez, a Mexican national operating near Tacoma, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute heroin. The Seattle DEA says Ibanez-Martinez has ties to the drug community in Michoacan, Mexico. Other major cartels like the Sinoloa and Tijuana also funnel drugs up I-5 into Seattle — a major distribution point before they head east to states like Wisconsin, Tennessee and North Carolina, according to King5.com.

CNN cited Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Joseph Arabit’s March, 2009 testimony before a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. “No other country in the world has a greater impact on the drug situation in the United States than Mexico does,” said Arabit, who heads the DEA’s office in this year’s border hot spot, El Paso, Texas. CNN’s map pinpointing drug traffic by cartel indicates that all the major Mexican cartels operate in and around Seattle and King County, including Renton, Federal Way & Bellevue. See where Mexican cartels are in the U.S.

The Justice Department’s National Drug Intelligence Center reported in December, 2008 that Mexican drug traffickers can be found in more than 230 U.S. cities.

So far, the U.S. has largely been spared the violence seen in Mexico, where the cartels’ running gun battles with police, the military and each other claimed about 6,500 lives last year. It was a sharp spike from the 2,600 deaths attributed to cartel violence in 2007. Once again, drug war casualties are mounting on the Mexican side at a record pace in 2009 — more than 1,000 during the first three months of the year, Arabit said. See who the key players are »

Law enforcement officials and analysts told CNN that “it is only a matter of time before innocent people on the U.S. side get caught in the cartel crossfire.”

Although the cartels previously tried to avoid direct confrontation with U.S. law enforcement, Sinaloa cartel leader Guzman’s instructed his soldiers to shoot-to-kill- U.S. law enforcement officials included according to Los Angeles Times sources and intelligence memos.

Stratfor, a Texas-based security consulting firm that helped to research Guzman and researches security risks, has been warning that the recent trend of cartel related kidnappings in Phoenix and Tucson will soon spread out to other localities within the U.S. and that the kidnapping business will not just continue targeting cartel members and their families.

It’s all about the highways that help move the drugs. Nuevo Laredo is close to the Interstate 35 corridor, and Juarez has easy access to I-10, a major east-west interstate, and I-25, which runs north to Denver, Colorado. Tijuana is also conveniently near I-10 and I-5, which heads north all the way to the Canadian border.

The violence involves beheadings, running gun battles and discoveries of mass graves and huge arms caches. Police and public officials have been gunned down in broad daylight. The cartels’ enforcers boldly display recruitment banners in the streets.

“The beheadings started at the same time the beheading videos started coming out of Iraq,” analyst Stewart said. “It was simple machismo. The Sinaloa guys started putting up videos on YouTube of them torturing Zetas.”

“From what we’ve seen, the Zetas have taken over the Gulf cartel,” analyst Stewart said. “In violent times, soldiers tend to rise to the top.” These soldiers are incredibly well-armed, police learned after a November raid that resulted in the arrest of top Zeta lieutenant Jaime “Hummer” Gonzalez Duran. It was the largest weapons seizure in Mexican history — 540 rifles, including AK-47s; 287 grenades; two rocket launchers; and 500,000 rounds of ammunition.

In February, 2009, the Obama administration engaged in an internal debate initiated by the Attorney General’s apparent effort to reinstate the Assault Weapons Ban in order to staunch the alleged flow of weapons from the U.S. into Mexico. Eric Holder, the United States Attorney General, and a long time advocate of banning guns altogether, and others including the President, seem to argue that weapons purchased legally by U.S. citizens are being smuggled into Mexico.

The problem is that fully automatic weapons are already illegal in the U.S. (outside very strict BATF controls). The reason a high percentage of weapons confiscated in Mexico can be traced back to the U.S. is because the United States is one of the few countries that is able to cooperate with such tracing efforts. The fact that less than 17 percent of weapons used by the cartels actually originate in the U.S. has been intentionally glossed over by dishonest statistics that have been manipulated by politicians on both sides of the border to justify making citizens in the U.S. as helpless as the citizens of Mexico.

The glaring fly in the Attorney General’s ointment is the fact that Mexico, already legislated to be a “gun-free” zone, is actually a cauldron of gun violence causing an unprecedented threat to seasoned LEOs and citizens on both sides of the border. Whatever, the level of violence in Mexico, the fact that violent armies of narcotistas may be surging across the border to your neighborhood is not a reason to restrict U.S. citizenry from access to weapons; it is a reason we should stick to our guns and demand that our government honor our right to protect ourselves and loved ones with as much firepower as we need to do the job!

Cartel Violence Coming to Seattle Area?

In February, 2008, the Dallas Morning News reported that CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico and Nuevo Laredo were competing for the tiltle of bloodiest border city.

In the first two months of 2008, Juárez had 72 murders – most of them tied to the drug cartels. They are the result of a bloody fight for control of drug distribution routes to U.S. cities, including several cities in the State of Washington.

On June 6, 2009, a shoot-out that erupted in Acapulco left 18 dead. According to the LA Times, a war occurred when army officials received an anonymous tip and arriving troops came under fire at a house in the western section of Acapulco:

“The army said 16 gunmen and two soldiers died during the gunfight. Some news media reports said the gunmen belonged to the Beltran Leyva drug-trafficking gang, based in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, but they could not be immediately confirmed.

Soldiers later recovered 49 rifles and handguns, 13 grenades and two grenade launchers, the army said. The cache held more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition.”

Every authority on the subject has been predicting that such violence is about to cross the border into the U.S. About the time that Mexican officials discovered eight bodies buried at a Juárez warehouse, an El Paso Times/News Channel 9 poll showed that 64 percent of El Paso residents feared that Juárez violence would spill into the U.S. The two cities, just across the Rio Grande from each other, have close cultural ties.

In Nuevo Laredo, the cartels have killed at least one journalist, a city council member and a police chief on the job just seven hours before he was gunned down. Additionally, the cartels had created a list of police officers marked for death. Many of the LEOs on the list have already been killed along with scores of other officers that were not on the list.

According to the Dallas Morning News articles, the Nuevo Laredo news media “self-censor” much of the news they report about the cartels because of fear that more journalists will be assassinated. “We’re reporting maybe 15 percent of what’s happening in our city,” said Alfredo Quijano, editor of the newspaper, whose building has received bomb threats. The fact that reporters in Mexico only reporting body counts and refuse to investigate official corruption that enables the cartels raises the issue of whether U.S. news media are also intimidated.

“We’re seeing the importation of Nuevo Laredo-style violence being unleashed to take control of this important gateway,” said a senior U.S. law enforcement official, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “The … magnitude, the brutality, the type of violence, this is what we now call Nuevo Laredo-style. It’s a proven strategy aimed at intimidating the public, law enforcement, the media.”

If Laredo style intimidation is coming to King County, our American gun culture may be the best barrier to prevent the epidemic of murder, kidnapping and robbery that all the authorities have predicted will surge across the border. According to a recent CNN story, “the cartel’s tentacles and those of its chief rival, the Gulf cartel, already reach across the border and into metropolitan areas such as Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Seattle, Washington; St. Louis, Missouri; and Charlotte, North Carolina.”

In March, 2009, thirty-two-year-old Alfonso Ibanez-Martinez, a Mexican national operating near Tacoma, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute heroin. The Seattle DEA says Ibanez-Martinez has ties to the drug community in Michoacan, Mexico. Other major cartels like the Sinoloa and Tijuana also funnel drugs up I-5 into Seattle — a major distribution point before they head east to states like Wisconsin, Tennessee and North Carolina, according to King5.com.

CNN cited DEA Agent Joseph Arabit’s March, 2009 testimony before a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. “No other country in the world has a greater impact on the drug situation in the United States than Mexico does,” said Arabit, who heads the DEA’s office in this year’s border hot spot, El Paso, Texas. CNN’s map pinpointing drug traffic by cartel indicates that all the major Mexican cartels operate in and around Seattle and King County, including Renton, Federal Way & Bellevue. See where Mexican cartels are in the U.S.

The Justice Department’s National Drug Intelligence Center reported in December, 2008 that Mexican drug traffickers can be found in more than 230 U.S. cities.

Once again, drug war casualties are mounting on the Mexican side at a record pace in 2009 — more than 1,000 during the first three months of the year, Arabit said. See who the key players are » Since the same cartels are competing for turf in the Seattle area, violence seems inevitable.

Law enforcement officials and analysts told CNN that “it is only a matter of time before innocent people on the U.S. side get caught in the cartel crossfire.”

Although the cartels previously tried to avoid direct confrontation with U.S. law enforcement, Sinaloa cartel leader Guzman’s instructed his soldiers to shoot-to-kill- U.S. law enforcement officials included according to Los Angeles Times sources and intelligence memos.

Additionally, Stratfor, a Texas-based security consulting firm that helped to research Guzman and researches security risks, has been warning that the recent trend of cartel related kidnappings in Phoenix and Tucson will soon spread out to other localities within the U.S. and that the kidnapping business will not just continue targeting cartel members and their families.

Some neighborhoods in Phoenix have now become warehouses where the cartels hold illegal immigrants for ransom money. The economics of the “global market place” militate in favor of increased diversification The cartels have already begun to recognize the prospect of increasing revenue by kidnapping Americans.

Highways move the drugs. Nuevo Laredo is close to the Interstate 35 corridor, and Juarez has easy access to I-10, a major east-west interstate. I-25 runs north to Denver, Colorado. Tijuana is also conveniently near I-10 and I-5, which heads north all the way to the Canadian border via Seattle and Tacoma.

The violence involves beheadings, gun battles like the recent firefight in Acapulco. Mass graves and arms caches have been discovered and police and public officials have been gunned down in broad daylight. Recruitment banners in the streets display the open contempt that enforcers have for the authorities.

“From what we’ve seen, the Zetas have taken over the Gulf cartel,” analyst Stewart said. “In violent times, soldiers tend to rise to the top.” These soldiers are incredibly well-armed, police learned after a November raid that resulted in the arrest of top Zeta lieutenant Jaime “Hummer” Gonzalez Duran.

It was the largest weapons seizure in Mexican history — 540 rifles, including AK-47s; 287 grenades; two rocket launchers; and 500,000 rounds of ammunition.

Many of the Zetas are former Federales that walked away from their units taking their weapons with them. Even small towns are being taken over by groups like MS-13, an international network that uses the machete in order to increase brand recognition for the violent force which is the gang’s stock in trade.

There have also been reports that gangs have smuggled Middle Eastern terrorists across the border and that the cartels are menacing U.S. law enforcement at the border.

If the reports are true that the cartels and gangs like MS-13 are about to expand their operations into kidnapping for ransom and other activities, the U.S. population should be prepared.

But there is no constitutional right to be protected by the state against being murdered by criminals or madmen. It is monstrous if the state fails to protect its residents against such predators but it does not violate the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment or, we suppose, any other provision of the Constitution. The Constitution is a charter of negative liberties; it tells the state to let people alone; it does not require the federal government or the state to provide services, even so elementary a service as maintaining law and order.

Bowers v. DeVito, 686 F.2d 616 (7th Cir.1982)

Seattle Jihad

A Pakistani terrorist, Mir Aimal Kasi, attacked CIA personnel outside the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, killing two CIA employees and wounding three in 1993.

“At around 8 a.m. on January 25, 1993, Kasi stopped his Isuzu pickup behind a number of vehicles waiting at a red traffic light on the eastbound side of Route 123, Fairfax County. The vehicles were waiting to make a left turn into the main entrance of CIA headquarters. Kasi emerged from his vehicle with an AK-47 and proceeded to move among the lines of vehicles, firing into them. Within seconds, he had killed Lansing H. Bennett MD, 66, and Frank Darling, 28. Three others were left with gunshot wounds. Darling was shot first and later received additional gunshot wounds to the head after Kasi shot the other victims.”

Kasi stated later that he wanted to kill people that were more important to the government. Kasi escaped and was hiding in Afghanistan from where the FBI lured him with an offer of a business deal and then captured him by going to his hotel room in Dera Ghazi Khan, in the Punjab province of Pakistan. After the U.S. government “rendered” Kasi back to U.S. soil, Kasi was tried and convicted. On November 12, 1997, four US oil executives and their Pakistani taxi driver were shot dead in Karachi, in what was described as a deliberate response to Kasi’s guilty verdict. Kasi was executed by lethal injection in 2002.

In “Sudden Jihad Syndrome”, Daniel Pipes looked at the case of Mohammed Taheri-azar’s attempt to kill students at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill by driving a rented Jeep Cherokee into a campus plaza on March 3, 2006. The conclusions about free-lance jihadis who appear out of nowhere and go on a rampage are worth looking at.

Each one of us has to decide how likely it is that we or our loved ones may be confronted by such “mentally disturbed” individuals. And they are disturbed! Nevertheless, the shocking (but politically incorrect) fact is that Mr. Taheri-azar was a fairly normal Iranian-American college student until he started reading the Koran. By his own testimony, the Q’uran transformed his life. He stated he would have obtained a pistol in order to kill as many of his fellow American citizens as possible but stated that it was too difficult to obtain the permit so he used an SUV.

Most of us in the gun-friendly (and relatively peaceful) Evergreen State have no problem obtaining a Concealed Pistol License. Many of us already have a CPL but many do not bother to go about regularly armed because it is often inconvenient and seems unrealistic to expect to be attacked at any time. The fact is that we are living in a time when greater perils confront us than at any other time in history. Consider all the facts and recent history- and do not procrastinate! The law, common sense and most law enforcement officers, including those in Washington’s bastion of liberalism, King County, will be on your side when you are properly trained and carry a weapon responsibly; i.e., safely and all the time.

Terrorist Trial in NYC Exposes Climate of Jihad in Seattle

On July 20, 2002, the Seattle PI informed readers that James Ujaama and his brother, Mustafa Ujaama, “…were prepared to challenge criminal charges- if any are ever brought against them- that suggest they associated with terrorists.”

“My brother and I are not terrorists, and we should not have been charged in the media and harassed,” Mr. Ujaama told the PI. He alleged that the FBI was unfairly destroying his reputation along with the legitimate business activities in which he was engaged.

All this, according to Mr. Ujaama was a result of his previous involvement with a Central District mosque, Dar-us-Salaam.

People in Seattle, including civic leaders like Ron Sims and Ujaama’s friends in Seattle’s Central District neighborhood could hardly believe their ears. King County Councilman Larry Gossett told the media that their mother, Peggy Thompson, worked at a social services agency and got them involved in the community. The Rev. Robert Jeffrey of New Hope Baptist Church said James’ brother attended his church before converting to Islam and has long worked to eradicate drugs and street violence.

According to Rev. Jeffrey, James was “a very principled person.”

“They’ve been busy for a long time — visiting elected officials, trying to raise money for the Central Area Youth Association, being proponents of the need to improve employment conditions,” said King County Executive Ron Sims. “Terrorists? I don’t think so.”

James Ujaama, who is African American, made a public statement warning other minority members to be wary of overzealous law enforcement.

“This is surely a runaway government administration that I strongly believe knew about the events of September 11 prior to the attack on New York, and refused to intervene in lieu of economic and political gains,” he wrote in a seven-page statement. “I also do not believe that Zacarias Moussaoui had anything to do with those events, and that he and many others are being railroaded in an attempt to cover up the truth.”

Fast forward to May 1, 2009, when the Seattle Times reported that a conspiracy trial in Manhattan promised to emerge as a ”dark tale” of jihad training.

See In conspiracy trial, dark tale emerges of jihad training.

James Ujaama, now a government witness, testified in New York City about his efforts in 1999 to create a terrorist training camp in rural Oregon. A Swedish jihadist who once bragged he had been a bodyguard for Osama bin Laden was to be an instructor of future “jihad warriors” that would be trained in weapons, horsemanship and Quran at the camp.

Mr. Ujaama took the witness stand to testify against Oussama Kassir. Other Seattlites testified that they met Kassir and Harroon Aswat inBly, Oregon (the property where the camp was to be operated) or at the Masjid Dar-us-Salaam Central Area mosque..

Yes, indeed, the testimony was certainly darker than previously acknowledged by authorities in Seattle:

Nathan Bishop, now 29 and living in Bahrain, was a member of the Masjid Dar-us-Salaam mosque in 1999, when he went by the name Abu Sufian. He said he attended a meeting at the Central Area apartment of another member in late 1999, where Kassir, flanked by Aswat, said he had come to the U.S. “to plan attacks [and] … destroy.”

Kassir, the Swedish jihad instructor not only threatened that Americans would be killed (“human bones are the best shrapnel”), but showed the students of jihad how to field-strip an AK-47 automatic rifle, according to the Times article.

Ujaama told the court that he was converted to Islam in the late 1980s and soon followed more and more radical Islamic preachers.

Abu Hamza, apparently the first and least violent preacher under which Ujaama sat, “is serving a seven-year sentence in Britain for inciting his followers to kill nonbelievers and has been indicted in the U.S. on 11 charges related to the planned development of the Bly site and for sending cash and volunteers to support al-Qaida and the Taliban, ” according to the Seattle Times article.

Ujaama sent a fax from Kinko’s in Tukwila, Washington to a mosque in London promising firearms training and lessons in hand-to-hand combat, horse riding and archery, as well as Quran study sessions. The featured attraction would be a visit from Abu Hamza who would come to Bly personally.

In a 2006 New York Sun article entitled Seattle Rampage Is a Case of ‘Sudden Jihad Syndrome’, Daniel Pipes shows how Seattle’s liberal environment fosters Islamic extremism in ways that belie the Emerald City’s cheery image.

“At about 4 p.m. on July 28, on the eve of the Jewish sabbath, a Muslim terrorist of Pakistani origins named Naveed Afzal Haq forced a 14-year-old girl to get him into the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle building by holding a gun to her back. He then pulled out the two large-caliber semi-automatic pistols he had just purchased and went on a murderous rampage. Mr. Haq killed one woman, Pam Waechter, 58, an assistant director at the federation, and injured five others, one of whom was 17 weeks pregnant.”

“I want these Jews to get out. … I’m upset at your foreign policy. These are Jews. I’m tired of getting pushed around, and our people getting pushed around by the situation in the Middle East. … I’m an American too but I just want our people out of Iraq,” Haq announced.

When the authorities are unable to find direct affiliation with Al Qaeda or some other group, the lone wolf terrorist is deemed to be not a terrorist.

Pipes had previously visited the building where the attack occurred and warned the Jewish Federation that it could be targeted by jihad. Mr. Haq’s father worked at the Hanford nuclear site. Naveed once won a $250 award for finishing second in an essay contest sponsored by the U.S. Institute of Peace and graduated with honors in biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, earning a second degree, in electrical engineering, from Washington State University.

“ Mr. Haq’s actions are a clear instance of “Sudden Jihad Syndrome,” whereby normal-appearing Muslims unpredictably become violent. His attack confirms my oft-repeated call for special scrutiny of Muslims. Because the identity of the next homicidal jihadi cannot be anticipated, Muslims generally need to come under heightened observation. I regret writing this as much as you dislike reading it, but it needs to be said and operated upon.”

According to Jeff Jacoby in the P-I Online (see the P-I online- columnist Jeff Jacoby’s spot-on commentary arguing Haq represents another deadly and disturbing case of “Sudden Jihad Syndrome”), “jihadist murder is a global threat and some of the most malevolent figures in the Islamic world — Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hezbollah chieftain Hassan Nasrallah, to name just two — openly incite violence against Americans and Jews, the attack in Seattle should have been a huge story everywhere. Yet after six days, a Nexis search turned up only 236 stories mentioning Haq — one-fourth the number dealing with actor Mel Gibson’s drunken (and anti-Semitic) outburst. Why the disparity?”

Mohammed Taheri-azar, rammed a car into a crowd of students at the University of North Carolina. He wanted to “avenge the death of Muslims around the world.”

See video of Mohammed Taheri-azar’s ranting in courtroom.

Michael Julius Ford opened fire in a Denver warehouse, killing one person and injuring five. “I don’t know what happened to him yesterday,” his sister Khali told the press. “He told me that Allah was going to make a choice and it was going to be good and told me people at his job was making fun of his religion.”

Hasan Akbar, a sergeant in the 101st Airborne Division, attacked his fellow soldiers at an American command center in Kuwait with grenades and rifle fire, killing one and wounding 15; Hesham Mohamed Ali Hadayet, killed two people when he shot up the El Al ticket counter at the Los Angeles airport in 2002; Ali Hasan Abu Kamal, was carrying a note denouncing “Zionists” and others who “must be annihilated & exterminated” when he opened fire on the observation deck of the Empire State building. And a lone shooter (who was actually affiliated with an organized terrorist group) shot and killed drivers outside CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia in the early Nineties. “Lone Wolf” terrorists are routinely downplayed by the media.

The prevailing “liberal” climate in Seattle and most of the “Left Coast” is not just dripping wet but rife with left-wing ideology that makes common cause and often camouflages political extremism that dovetails with Islamicist political and religious dogma.

Another Left Coast horror story occurred in the early Seventies when an elite group within the San Francisco Black Muslim organization randomly executed, dismembered and beheaded white people, allegedly to be initiated as members of a secret Islamic cadre within the larger Black Muslim organization:

“During a six-month period between 1973 and 1974, the group killed 14 people and wounded seven others solely because they were white, but the Zebra murders seemed to fade from the collective memory. Today, most San Franciscans have never heard of them.”

The prevailing “liberal” climate in San Francisco required that all the City’s leaders come out in support of the Nation of Islam and declare that the killings had nothing to do with the Black Muslims who operate a network of businesses there… the fact that the serial killings were conducted from a Black Muslim storefront, using a van registered to one of those businesses and all the other evidence notwithstanding! Amazingly, outside of and even within San Francisco, most people are without any knowledge of the Zebra killings. That is our enlightened media at work, making sure that the only bad news we get is about our own government’s much more serious instances of serial brutality.

But see How Anti-Terror Legislation Cloaks Gun Ban Agenda.

Vigilance, Not Vigilantes

The fact that the King County Sheriff’s office and other Washington State law enforcement agencies are being forced to eliminate officers has raised the issue of whether we citizens may have to defend ourselves from violent predators. Is Sheriff Sue Rahr’s recent suggestion that citizens should protect themselves some new kind of vigilantism that may deprive others of Constitutional due process?

Let us start with the premise that no one should ever threaten to give another person a lead enema. State Sen. Tim Sheldon’s colorful advice to his Mason County constituents is ill-advised. It is illegal to shoot fleeing criminals unless it is readily apparent that the individual has perpetrated certain violent offenses that present clear danger to the community. Common sense dictates that any violent encounter is better handled by an individual trained to evaluate the legal and tactical considerations involved with stopping a fleeing felon.

By getting trained professionally, you will learn that when you are legally justified in holding a perpetrator at gun point, you should aim at the front of the pelvis not the backside! A predator can traverse 21 feet with a knife or other contact weapon before you will have time to react and effectively stop your attacker.

By aiming at the pelvis you can shatter the pelvic bones and stop the attacker’s forward momentum while also directing the shot downward so that your shot will not hit someone beyond your assailant. The psychological intimidation of a pistol aimed at the groin is another advantage of maintaining such a “low ready” stance. Try to remain behind cover if possible and never approach a person that you are holding at gunpoint. Many violent predators train constantly and they probably know more tricks than you do.

You should not ever present a weapon unless you are imminently threatened by someone presenting deadly force. Should you shoot to kill or just to wound? The right answer is that neither option is correct. You should shoot to stop deadly violence.

Shooting to wound an armed assailant is for Hollywood cowboys. Stopping a perpetrator usually means aiming for the center of body mass; i.e.; the middle of the chest. Head shots are reserved for suicide bombers and hostage-takers. Two shots will often sufficient to prevent the assailant returning fire. Despite your well-placed shots, you may need to reload in order to keep shooting until the threat is stopped so carry what you need where it is accessible. Warning shots are foolish and inadvisable.

Do not be misled by talk that emboldens illegal and ignorant vigilantism. Citizens can contribute much toward good government by reminding politicians that they work for us. If we tolerate crazy talk coming out of Mason County people will soon be trying to give enemas to professional politicians. Nobody wants that.

The Law Office of Mark Knapp is offering legal seminars on these and related issues at no charge for groups of ten or more. Send an e-mail to knapp.m@comcast.net for more information.

Should You Bring Your Gun to a South King County Crime Scene?

NEVER AGAIN: REMEMBERING THE KATRINA GUN-GRAB

Some Federal Way, Washington residents have devoted many evenings and weekends preparing for earthquakes, fire, WMD attacks or other disasters. One of the primary ways to get ready is to attend CERT training. Community Emergency Response Teams obtain first aid skills, learn how to use fire extinguishers and practice other skills like prioritizing assistance to victims and communicating with professionals. The professionals that normally respond to criminal activity, fires or other hazards may become totally overwhelmed by the damage that occurs to people, structures and communication networks when disaster strikes.

The aftermath of a major event causes shock and other physical symptoms that impair every one of us to some degree. Preparation for civil defense is normally presented in terms of responding to the aftermath rather than preventing an event. Professional police officers, medical personnel and other emergency responders know that it will take many volunteers in order to deal with events like the attacks on the WTC or the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

One of our CERT instructors, a firefighter, told us that only the police should have guns at a “crime scene”. If you show up as an armed CERT volunteer with a gun, you will be detained. Your weapon could be confiscated and you should expect never to be on a CERT team again! But the “crime scene” could include most of South King County. Then another firefighter told me, off the record, that many firefighters packed during the LA riots.

To the horror of honest citizens everywhere, New Orleans authorities entered homes and re-victimized honest gun-owners by confiscating guns. It took an NRA lawsuit to get the guns returned to the owners. Rape, looting and violence while homes were searched for weapons caused lawmakers in many states to enact laws that say, “Don’t confiscate guns when needed most to protect innocent lives!”

HB 1832 provides that Washingtonians not be deprived of our right to bear arms during an emergency. However, just because many other states have recently enacted such legislation, don’t expect to see such safeguards for gun-owners reported out of committee in Washington State very soon.

It could be dangerous having volunteers showing up at a “crime scene” with guns. Imagine how things could have gotten out of hand when tactical teams spread out through Mumbai killing and taking hostages. The shooters successfully targeted law enforcement. Untrained volunteers might have responded by harming themselves or others. What if the photographers that followed the shooters around with cameras had gotten ahold of guns? They might have taken matters into their hands. The terrorists might have even taken away their weapons and used their own weapons against them!

Our governor can issue an emergency order prohibiting you from having weapons outside your home in a crisis. The rationale is that volunteers should leave the professionals to deal with terrorists.

If you are a CERT member and local police officers are lying dead in the streets, would you consider showing up with a gun? If you are law enforcement, would you be inclined to confiscate my weapon if I can provide back-up? We propose making firearms training an optional component of CERT training. Then volunteers can be even more helpful to the professionals if things really get out of control.

I have had mas much formal gun training in the classroom and on the range as many experienced law enforcement officers. At the last minute, I decided to miss the final CERT drill rather than forego the opportunity to get additional AR-15 range time at our CMP rifle practice.

AR-15 is a civilian legal military-style rifle (assault rifle) and CMP stands for Civilian Marksmanship Program. CMP was initially established as the Directorate of Civilian Marksmanship by Pres. Theodore Roosevelt. The President believed that civilian marksmanship was an important key to the nation’s military preparedness. The government program provided weapons, training and competition in order to encourage folks of all ages to learn to shoot.

Nevertheless, in more recent times, our federal government determined that an armed citizenry is something of an anachronism and prepared to dissolve the program. Citizen-shooters raised a hue and cry resulting in the program becoming privatized as a quasi-governmental foundation. You can still get a good deal on an M1 Garand and certain other surplus rifles via the CMP program. An M1 Garand would be swell medicine against a team of killers like those boys that took over Mumbai for a day or two.

JAG Warriors: Seattle On-Site Update

The fact that detainees are often subjected to a judicial process under the UCMJ or similar procedures administered by military tribunals has caused a great deal of heartburn in some quarters. The fact is that every military lawyer has a professional code of ethics that constrains him or her to represent clients zealously and that requires remaining free from any command influences. Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift probably sacrificed his military career in order to comply with the professional code of zealous, ethical conduct- i.e., the same code under which private civilian lawyers work.

Additionally, the separate JAG chain of command and the separate ethical rules incumbent upon JAG lawyers make the military defense counsel as independent and committed as the best private counsel and probably considerably more aggressive.

Part of the reason for this is because of the quality of lawyers that are attracted to military service where the profit motive is almost nonexistent. Most of the lawyers that volunteer for active duty JAG service can earn much more money in the private or civilian public sectors. The reserve officers already work in private and civilian government jobs but choose to serve in the military knowing full well that the possibility of being sent to Iraq for at least a year is very high.

Thus,in an environment where younger, lower ranked officers are making decisions that used to be made by majors, the counsel of the able JAG lawyer becomes critical. The only control over the JAG officer’s advice is via the JAG chain of command. The command is made up of lawyer-soldiers that share a very high level of integrity.

Rule of law is at the heart of fighting asymmetrical warfare because the concept of justice is what burns in every human being’s heart- even the jihadist’s. The most hardened enemy will justify his actions based on some sense of having been wronged that proceeds out of a concept of justice. The rules of engagement and other concepts that sound theoretical within the concept of media discussions or on a blog are not at all abstract to the man or woman who is being terrorized by militias in Iraq or warlords in Afghanistan.

For example, the military defense lawyers that represent detainees (and they have been taking cases to the U.S. Supreme Court repeatedly) are displaying U.S. style rule of law to the whole world. It makes a difference in the places where there are hearts and minds to be won. There are many U.S. citizens that just can’t see it. Too bad that more journalists can’t take off their negative-tinted glasses and see things through the lense of how much our system of laws has to offer the world.

Such commitment to law is going to be tested severley if a WMD incident occurs within the U.S. Homeland. Ralph Vartabedian, in the Los Angeles Times, dated January 6, 2008 states:

About every three days, unknown to most Americans, an elite team of federal scientists hits the streets in the fight against nuclear terrorism. The deployments are part of an effort since 2001 to ratchet up the nation’s defenses.

More than two dozen specialized teams have been positioned across the nation to respond to threats of nuclear terrorism, and as many 2,000 scientists and bomb experts participate in the effort. Spending on the program has more than doubled since it was launched.

And an evolving national policy aims to create a system of nuclear forensics, in which scientific analysis could quickly identify the source of a nuclear attack or attempted attack. A key report on nuclear forensics is due next month.

[Teams of weapons designers, physicists could be the last hope of staving off nuclear attack]

If a nuclear device explodes the pressure to remove our civil liberties, including the Second Amendment, will be intense. There will be gangs, mobs of scared, hungry Americans and possibly foreign elements exploiting the situation. Terrorist teams are reportedly already in the U.S. waiting for the “perfect” day.

Who will be interpreting the rules of engagement during an extended conflict with terrorists within our homeland? You can count on JAG lawyers making many important decisions at the operational level. The President and FEMA and the state governors will be deciding who defines the rules, up to and including martial law in which due process and even the Writ of Habeas Corpus are suspended. In plain English, the President will have absolute authority if martial law is declared and habeas corpus and due process are suspended. The military, a foreign power or some outside entity (like the United Nations or NATO) could become involved in a way that is extraneous to the U.S. Constitution- a hypothetical scenario, to be sure.

According to many Constitutional law professors, the treaties (like NATO treaties) by which the United States has compromised its chain of military command, supersede the U.S. Constitution. We need to hope and pray that there is a generation of officers, including JAG lawyers, that remain loyal to the U.S. Constitution. There is justifiable concern in many quarters about how the chain of command will operate during an international emergency (think of NATO where the U.S. command structure is integrated with foreign command systems).

How many elected politicians seem to have the bedrock of honor and integrity that is on display by our armed forces every day? Look at Gov. Rod Blagojevich in Illinois, for example, or Seattle’s Mayor Nickels.

We are presently depending on government legal counsel to decide where our right to privacy stops and national security begins in ways of which we are hardly aware:

The counterterrorism efforts are becoming routine. Scientists in specially equipped helicopters and airplanes use radiation detectors to scan cities for signs of weapons. They blend into crowds at major sporting events, wearing backpacks containing instruments that can identify plutonium or highly enriched uranium.

If the many layers of federal defense against nuclear smuggling break down, these unarmed weapons designers and physicists, along with experts from the FBI, could be the last hope of staving off a catastrophic attack.

They are supposed to rush up to a ticking nuclear explosive (or a “dirty” bomb, which would disperse radioactive material) and defuse it before it’s too late— a situation often depicted by Hollywood that seems less fictional every year.

…Majidi and Krol say extensive planning and exercises have clarified the lines of authority.

The forensics study is trying to assess how authoritative the United States could be in attributing a nuclear device to a particular source and in making its case to the American public and the rest of the world. Davis said it was hoped that nuclear forensics could determine the size of a detonation within one hour; the sophistication of the bomb design within six hours; how the fuel was enriched within 72 hours; and the peculiar details of national design—“Does this look like a Russian, a Chinese, or a Pakistani device, or something we have never seen before?”—within a week.

It goes without saying that civilian and military lawyers will be involved at every level of the decision tree right down to the rules of engagement where justice will be executed against those that would decide to test the resolve of the United States.

Citizens at the grassroots will also be making some decisions. Americans are known for cooperating with duly constituted leaders and we appreciate government officials. There are sheep and wolves and sheepdogs that prepare for the day that we can attack the wolves and protect the sheep. Our heritage as a people indicates that Americans will be prepared in a crisis.

The rule of law is always at the heart of every conflict. Governing ourselves by our respect for law is a habit and a way of life that is also a strength. We need to seek out leadership that is committed to the principles of the Founding Fathers, including the Second Amendment (rst Amendment and the rest of the Bill of Rights).

We need integrity and loyalty to the oath to uphold the United States Constitution- not commitment to social and economic change. All politicians took that oath. Without the honor and integrity of our JAG force, we can quickly become like those failed countries where we are presently so busy building institutions of government. There has to be a remnant, like the JAG officers, that stand in the gap.

See Rule of Law.

Seattle a Sanctuary for Undocumented Criminals

Seattle is not exactly a cowboy town but a little like a rodeo.

Whether its marching in a “PRIDE” parade with your weapon in plain view or riding your Harley to Sturgis with the rest of the Iron Pigs, we all have our point of view.

Rebecca Griego also had a point of view. She wanted to be safe from a man that was stalking her. She obtained a Domestic Violence Protection Order. Nevertheless, she was murdered by a man that was known to be stalking her for a long time in Seattle:

Seattle newspapers reported Thursday morning that gunman Jonathan Rowan had been living in this country illegally for more than ten years. Stopped for drunken driving last June 30 by Seattle police, his residency status could have been determined, were it not for Seattle’s ridiculous policy. Generically called “Sanctuary Laws,” they tie the hands of police and allow foreign nationals a free pass to stay here illegally.

“Rowan was a prime example of why such ordinances (restricting right to carry) should be abolished. It is because of policies like this – that protect people like Rowan – that honest citizens want to arm themselves.”

“The Northwest has a particular problem with violent illegal aliens,” added CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron. “The last three peace officers killed in eastern Washington all died at the hands of illegal aliens.”

See also Months of Stalking.

You see Rebecca was shot by an illegal alien, Jonathan Rowan, who had been in the U.S. illegally for ten years. But Seattle is a Sanctuary City, one of many that refuses to report people to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)- not even people like Rowan that are required to be deported. Cities like Seattle and San Francisco just decide that they are not going to follow certain laws like when Mayor Newsom decided to ban all guns in San Francisco and marry same-sex couples.

It doesn’t matter to Mayors Nickels and Newsom what state and federal law says. It is no different than the pot smoker that thinks that pot is harmless and so it is alright to grow and smoke- except that the consequences get more serious when it is the government practicing “civil disobedience”.

You can ask Mrs. Bologna, the mother whose husband and son were gunned down by a deportable MS-13 member in the Potrero Hill District of San Francisco. Ask this lady that was a mother of four about the consequences of San Francisco’s policy that lead to three previous felony convictions for the MS-13 member, time served but no deportation by the feds because San Francisco refused to turn the alien over to the U.S. Immigration authorities.

See Father of 4 Son; Victims of Road Rage.

MS-13 is all over the country- even small towns and suburbs. They are like an army. Even if you could take away their guns, they actually prefer machetes. It is their trademark. At first, it seemed that Mr. Bologna did not back up his car fast enough and so they called it road rage. Later it turned out that, since Bologna and his sons are Hispanic-looking, their killer may have thought they were rival gang members. I wonder whether this fact makes a difference in his sentencing? As an Anglo-looking person, it makes me feel much more comfortable, especially when I think about the .45 caliber pistol at my side.

But you cannot ask Rebecca. If she were alive she might consider obtaining a Concealed Pistol License (CPL) before obtaining a Protection Order. Some domestic violence advocates will immediately react by protesting, “The statistics show that the stalker would probably use Rebecca’s own pistol against her!”

Such objections reflect a preadolescent mode of thinking that is similar to the argument that we should abolish armies because war is bad for the world. Trying to explain that the world is not going to disarm is about as helpful as trying to explain why people can and should get professional training in self defense. Not martial arts- great discipline and karate and judo train the mind-and spirit I am told- but only slightly better than protection orders for stopping bullets!

The trouble is, Rebecca Griego is not alive. She is dead because of yet another grievous “liberal” policy promulgated by the Seattle City Council that permits illegal and often violent aliens to remain in the city.

If you know a woman with a clean record that wants to obtain a CPL and needs protection against violence or threats of violence from a stalker, ex-boyfriend or psychotic husband, we will provide self-defense training for her and make sure that she has legal representation. It is time that we fight back against predators in our streets and fight back against the predators in City Hall!