Seattle Area Cop Competes on Top Shot


Range time on TV: Root for local ‘Top Shot’ contestant | Firearms Lawyer


Republished with permission from the Federal Way Mirror
The Firearms Lawyer
February 3, 2012

Television programs that feature weapons and shooting technology are becoming very popular.

One of my favorites is “Wednesday Night at the Range” on the Outdoor Channel — actually several different programs about self defense, competition shooting and the history of firearms.

Then on Tuesday evenings at 10:00 PM Pacific Time on the History Channel there is Top Shot. The program has matches in which top military, law enforcement and competitive shooters compete with everything from antique pistols to .50-caliber sniper rifles and machine guns.

Sometimes they even throw rocks or tomahawks and shoot crossbows and other primitive weapons.

Just getting selected as a “Top Shot” participant requires candidates to compete against men and women that are highly ranked in various shooting disciplines. Most are experts with a certain kind of pistol or rifle. It takes the ability to master whatever weapon is at hand in order to be successful on the show.

Federal Way Police Department’s Cmdr. Kyle Sumpter recently cleared all the initial hurdles and went on to compete in a series of “Top Shot” episodes in Santa Clarita, Calif. Sumpter supervises firearms training for Federal Way police officers and previously headed up Valley SWAT, the largest SWAT agency in the state. Although Sumpter has already completed the “Top Shot” competition, not even Chief Brian Wilson knows the results. Sumpter knows how he did, but the results will be a secret until the episodes air this spring (season starts Feb. 14).

My occasional talks with Cmdr. Kyle Sumpter, mostly by phone, have me looking forward to seeing him on and off the range. You don’t have to talk to him for long to realize that Sumpter is dedicated to the craft of shooting and that he is the kind of honest, straight talking professional that makes him worth paying attention to. That is why the Federal Way Police Department has him in charge of training officers.

Some of my best memories growing up are of watching Westerns on television with my dad. There was more to some of the programs than just bullets being thrown back and forth by men on horseback. Greatness of character and decency could often be discerned in some of the really good shows.

Of course, a gun itself is not somehow a mark of excellent character — or even being good with a gun. It takes courage to face the people in society that are organized against decency. Sometimes it takes a whole lot of character just to figure out who the good guys and the bad guys are.

I don’t know whether kids think about stuff like that today or not. But get your son or daughter to watch “Top Shot” with you this spring. If you want your kids to see one of the good guys who keep Federal Way safe, and learn something about why America is great, you will not be disappointed.

American Jihad and the Seattle Times

The following information is summarized from the STRATFOR GLOBAL INTELLIGENCE REPORT. Entitled “FANNING THE FLAMES OF JIHAD” by Scott Stewart, the report discusses al Qaeda’s attempt to galvanize lone wolf terrorism or leaderless resistance by reaching out to English speaking individuals already located within the U.S. and other English speaking countries.

Information that is presented in an article such as this one always seems to be about New York City or somewhere other than Seattle. Everything discussed herein is happening right now in Seattle. You will not read about it until arrests take place or terrorists kill innocent people because of the legal and political repurcussions that occur when the media starts naming people or identifying radical mosques. The threat is more than just the threats that CAIR or some other “civil liberties” group will take legal action, however.

Al Qaeda’s goal is to radicalize Muslims and to provide English speaking Muslims information that will motivate and equip individuals and groups that operate without top-down communications to conduct low-technology attacks using guns, knives and vehicles such as automobiles. Training for such attacks does not require travel abroad or a great deal of coordination.

On July 11, 2010, al-Malahim Media, the media arm of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), published the first edition of its new English-language online magazine “Inspire”. INSPIRE’S editor is probably a U.S citizen who was born in Saudi Arabia. Samir Khan reportedly went to Yemen in 2009.

The magazine is geared towards making the Muslim a mujahid,” according to the editor. INSPIRE was released by al-Malahim and AQAP, AL QAEDA IN THE ARABIAN PENINSULA, the organization that has assumed the vanguard position on the physical battlefield over the past year. AQAP is frequently mentioned in Western media because of several attacks or attempted attacks in the West. Al-Malahim is exploiting media attention in order to reach English-speaking Muslims, including other members of the U.S. military with profiles similar to that of Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter.

Inspire praises Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan and failed Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as examples for all jihadists to follow:

“We call on every Muslim who feels any jealousy for their religious beliefs to expel the polytheists from the Arabian Peninsula, by killing all of the crusaders working in embassies or otherwise, and to declare war against the crusaders in the land of the Prophet Muhammad — peace be upon him — on the ground, sea and air. And we call on every soldier working in the crusader armies and puppet governments to repent to Allah and follow the example of the heroic mujahid brother Nidal Hassan [sic]; to stand up and kill all the crusaders by all means available to him.…”

Thus, be prepared for more attacks such as the Christmas Day Bomber’s attempt to bring down a jetliner in 2009.

Inspire carried a reproduction of a statement purportedly authored by Osama bin Laden earlier this year titled “The Way to Save the Earth” that criticizes U.S. policy regarding climate change and calls for economic jihad against the United States.

An interview with AQAP leader Nasir al-Wahayshi provided al-Wahayshi the opportunity to reinforce several points he has been making for months now regarding his call for jihadists to conduct simple attacks using readily available weapons:

“My advice to my Muslim brothers in the West is to acquire weapons and learn methods of war. They are living in a place where they can cause great harm to the enemy and where they can support the Messenger of Allah.” Al-Wahayshi continued “…a man with his knife, a man with his gun, a man with his rifle, a man with his bomb, by learning how to design explosive devices, by burning down forests and buildings, or by running over them with your cars and trucks. The means of harming them are many so seek assistance from Allah and do not be weak and you will find a way.”

In March 2010, American-born spokesman for al Qaeda, Adam Gadahn, advised jihadists to strike targets to them with simple assaults and urged his audience to not “wait for tomorrow to do what can be done today, and don’t wait for others to do what you can do yourself.”

These calls are part of a move toward a leaderless resistance model of jihadism. The devolution of the jihadist threat from one based on al Qaeda the group to a broader threat based primarily on al Qaeda franchises and the wider jihadist movement this shift will involve more attacks such as the Times Square bombing attempt, the Fort Hood shooting and the June 1, 2009, Little Rock shootings.

“Open Source Jihad” is the term that AQAP uses to refer to leaderless resistance. The resource material is intended to allow Muslims to train at home instead of risking travel abroad.

Cartoon Controversy

Jihadists have not allowed the issue of cartoons to die down over the last five years. Jihadist response to the cartoons has resulted in riots, arsons, deaths. The Stratfor article cites the 2008 bombing of the Danish Embassy in Islamabad and an attack in January 2010 by a jihadist armed with an axe and knife who broke into the home of Jyllands-Posten newspaper cartoonist Kurt Westergaard in Denmark and allegedly tried to kill him. The Kashmiri militant group Harkat-ul-Jihad e-Islami (HUJI) also dispatched American operative David Headley to Denmark on two occasions to plan attacks against Jyllands-Posten and Westergaard in what HUJI called “Operation Mickey Mouse.” According to Anwar al-Awlaki:

“This effort, the effort of defending the Messenger of Allah, should not be limited to a particular group of Muslims such as the mujahidin but should be the effort of the ummah, the entire ummah… Assassinations, bombings, and acts of arson are all legitimate forms of revenge against a system that relishes the sacrilege of Islam in the name of freedom.”

Inspire includes a “hit list” that includes people like Westergaard who were involved in the cartoon controversy and other targets such as Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who produced the controversial film Fitna in 2008; Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who wrote the screenplay for the movie Submission (filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, the director of Submission, was murdered by a jihadist in November 2004); and Salman Rushdie, author of the book THE SATANIC VERSES.

Seattle cartoonist Molly Norris was added to INSPIRE’s hit list due to her proposal to have a day where “everybody draws Mohammed”. Norris was responding to threats against an animated television program, South Park. The program angered Muslims because of a brief scene in an episode that lampooned the Prophet.

The al Qaeda magazine aims squarely at Molly Norris, who has been warned by the FBI that she is on al Qaeda’s hit list. Her “anti-Islamic” cartoons appeared in City Arts Magazine. Oddly, the Huffington Post talks about the threat but I must have missed something in the Seattle Times? See also Molly Norris; Huffington Post.

A Seattle Times editorial published July 10, 2010 gives Norris kudos for being satirical and prolific. You would think Norris just draws cartoons in order to call attention to “contemporary social oddities”. I found one editorial in the Seattle Times that scolded Norris for failing to think before she exercised her freedom of speech!

According to the Stratfor report:

One other thing the magazine seeks to accomplish is to help make the jihadist training experience better for English speakers who seek to travel to jihadist training camps abroad. There have been anecdotal reports of Westerners who have traveled to get training and who have not had positive experiences during the process — and of at least one Somali-American who was executed after expressing his desire to leave an al Shabaab training camp and return home. In light of this problem, AQAP includes an article in Inspire titled “What to Expect in Jihad” and designed to reduce the “confusion, shock and depression” that can be experienced by trainees at such camps. The article also provides a list of things to bring to the training camp, including a friend to help ease the loneliness, and recommends that aspiring jihadists learn the local language.

The Stratfor Intelligence report concludes that AQAP intends to support leaderless resistance as a way to attack the West, something AQAP has had some difficulty doing itself. The attacks with automatic rifles in Mumbai, India and the jihad attack by Major Nidal Malik Hasan could have been stopped more quickly with considerable less loss of life if armed personnel had been present to deploy standard active shooter protocols.

An additional problem is the failure to identify lone shooters like Hasan as jihadists. The fact that the lone individuals (sometimes with mental illnesses) or small disconnected groups are not directly communicating with top-down organizational structures (like al Qaeda) results in media reports and official confusion that clouds the issue for a public that is not aware of the leaderless resistance model and how effectively it can work, albeit without the huge potential for destruction that occurred on September 11, 2001. The case of the lone shooter, a Muslim terrorist of Pakistani origins named Naveed Afzal Haq, who killed one and wounded five others at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, is a case in point.

Read more: Fanning the Flames of Jihad | STRATFOR

Ahmed Ressam’s Trial in Seattle & the International War on Israel

Israel presently faces an indictment in the court of world opinion because of the allegation that the IDF deployed unjustified lethal force against “peace activists” when it boarded the MAVI MARMARA. Nine activists were killed including a U.S. citizen with dual Turkish citizenship. Would Tea Party activists armed with steel poles and grenades, knives and possibly guns be identified as peace activists?

Egypt and Israel’s blockade against Gaza prevents Iranian missiles and other weapons from entering Gaza. Egypt and Israel have waged war with the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas (the terrorist group that rules Gaza) for longer than most nations even recognized the existence of Islamic terrorism. Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood are the same organization with different names.

It is clear that approximately forty Turkish activists on board the MAVI MARMARA attacked IDF personnel. The IDF boarding was clearly within well-recognized rules of international maritime law and the IHH attack was clearly premeditated.

“I am going to be a martyr. I dreamed about it,” a Turkish activist reportedly told his family before leaving to join the flotilla.

Forty people on board the MAVI MARMARA armed with slingshots, knives, stun grenades and steel poles attacked IDF personnel forcing the IDF boarding party to deploy weapons. Despite the grave threat to the IDF, the international media and the world community are ready to convict Israel of massacring peaceful demonstrators.

Some key people that are ideologically close to President Obama are involved in IHH- Van Jones and Bill Ayers are two such individuals and so is Jodie Evans, co-founder of Code Pink.

The FREE GAZA MOVEMENT denies the allegation of an extremist presence on the Turkish ship. “Every person on that boat was a civilian. The terrorists on board those boats belonged to Israel,” a spokeswoman exclaimed.

Despite the spokeswoman’s indignant protest, however, Jean-Louis Bruguiere, a French counterterrorism magistrate who testified at the Ahmed Ressam trial in Seattle, states otherwise. IHH played an “important role” in the Millenium bomb plot- an Al Qaeda affiliated operation.

According to the Christian Science Monitor, Bruguiere testified at trial that Al Qaeda and other jihadist groups were previously linked to IHH in financing and other assistance to jihadists headed to Bosnia, Chechnya, and Afghanistan. The Turkish government unearthed weapons, explosives, and bomb making instructions in a 1997 raid.

Is IHH still linked to Al Qaeda? Whatever the answer turns out to be, the symbiotic relationship between Islamic extremism and the radical left has been longstanding.

Bruguiere is renowned for tracking down Carlos the Jackal, a professional Communist assassin known to have worked for radical Palestinian groups.

Thus, Mssr. Bruguiere would have had opportunity to closely observe how the radical left coalesced with radical Palestinian movements during the Seventies when modern Islamic terrorism was barely recognized by the news media. Bruguiere now coordinates tracking of terrorist financing for a joint European/American program.

Since 1948, Israel has been surrounded by predatory neighbors just waiting for the first signs of weakness.

The war against “Zionist aggression” will continue to be aided and abetted by an international media-government complex that has willingly lent itself to leftist manipulation for many years.

Meanwhile, the ship RACHEL CORRIE, named after the Evergreen College student killed by a bulldozer in Israel in 2003, is awaiting instructions. Would the news media have called Ms. Corrie an anti-Semitic racist if she had also been standing in front of the Congressional bulldozer called Healthcare Reform?

Seattle Officer Who Killed Clemmons Didn’t Leave His Most Important Weapon Behind!

The day after we proposed a community event honoring First Responders, a Seattle police officer demonstrated a degree of vigilance and preparation that exemplifies the qualities exemplified by many in law enforcement and other professions. Benjamin L. Kelly, 39, has over four years experience with the SPD and is a military veteran. Officer Kelly showed alert presence of mind during a situation that started out very routinely.

While on patrol, Kelly saw a car with the hood up and the engine running. He ran the plates; the car had been reported stolen early the same day so there was paperwork to be completed. One of the challenges in staying aware of your surroundings is that most situations present distractions.

About 48 hours earlier, four officers were drinking coffee and using laptop computers in a Lakewood coffee shop when Maurice Clemmons turned around and opened fire. Did any of the four victims look up and make eye contact with Clemmons as he entered the coffee shop, passing them moments before he started shooting?

Kelly sitting in his patrol car doing paperwork, observed a man walking up behind him on the driver’s side and recognized that the man was Clemmons! Imagine how the officer felt exiting from the driver’s seat. He was close to becoming another victim when he ordered Clemmons to stop and show his hands. Clemmons did not show his hands and began to run away in the other direction going around the vehicle.

Again telling Clemmons to stop, the officer drew his gun. Clemmons seemed to be reaching for a gun. Kelly fired shots at Clemmons and at least two rounds stopped Clemmons who had already been shot in the torso two days before during a struggle with one of the officers slain in Lakewood. At the time of his death, Clemmons was armed with a .40 caliber pistol taken from one of the officers at the scene of the premeditated ambush against Lakewood LEOs in the City of Parkland.

Kelly was justified in using deadly force to stop Clemmons because he had reason to believe Clemmons had already committed the violent murders of four officers. Thus, even if Clemmons had not presented an imminent threat to Kelly, Clemmons would have posed an imminent threat to the public if he got away!

Clemmons was an individual who wrestled with his own private demons. Society extended compassion towards Maurice Clemmons when he convinced an Arkansas parole board and Gov. Huckabee that he was a changed man. Many mistakes are bound to occur in a compassionate and open society like ours. The watchmen at the walls may let down their guards. In some nations, the guardians themselves commit violence against the people they are entrusted to protect.

In one sense you and I are no different than the officers that walk the thin blue line. You and I need to exercise situational awareness. Whether you are sitting in your car, relaxing in a restaurant or walking in the park with your family- stay on guard! The best piece of safety equipment we have is an alert mind. Take your gun but don’t leave vigilance behind.

Seattle Fights Back Against Chicago-Style Gun Control

Nickels Missing; Seattle Finds Smoking Gun Dec 17, ’08 1:14 AM

by Mark S. Knapp, Federal Way

Subsequent to publishing the following article, Nickels issued his edict. He is now out of office and his successor and the City of Seattle are battling at least two legal actions that the City cannot expect to win:

Mayor Nickels wrote to the Speaker of our State House of Representatives, Hon. Frank Chopp, on May 4, 2006. Greg Nickels stated:

“State law preempts any and all local regulations related to firearms. Our hands are tied at the local level and we are unable to adopt any local laws to protect our residents from gun crime.”

-Mayor Greg Nickels, May 4, 2006.

For several months after the Mayor Nickel held public hearings on his plans to ban guns on City property, he seemed to know that the legal action ready to be filed by the Second Amendment Foundation in Bellevue, Washington can seriously hurt the City. Then in March, 2009, the Mayor’s office indicated that the edict will go into effect on a yet to be announced date. See Workman.

During his nonappearance at the public hearings held to air his edict banning carry of weapons on most city premises and parks, the Mayor clearly created an unrebuttable presumption that he has delusions of grandeur that are more characteristic of Cook County political personalities than the traits we see in our Seattle politicians.

Maybe guilty of malfeasance and violation of his oath to uphold the Constitution by reason of insanity will be his plea? Official misconduct to deprive citizens of privileges and immunities is a form of reckless disregard of the Mayor’s official duties and oath of office, according to one retired Coast Guard member. “Gun free zones don’t work,” the indignant citizen proclaimed as he stood there, still a watchman on the stormy sea of liberty. This theme was repeated by several speakers until finally one impassioned lady cried, “The reason we keep repeating ourselves is because you guys just don’t hear us!” The people of Mumbai seem to have heard the message better thsn the Mayor.

I read in the newspaper this week that a guy in Mexico makes a little boat that stays right below the water and leaves no heat signature because the exhaust pipes are under water. They cost a million dollars but drug dealers buy them up faster than the government can eliminate them. A terrorist could never bring a crew to Seattle like that? Those guys only know how to handle weapons of mass destruction like nukes and crude biological stuff. They would never get in an underwater boat and come to a friendly town like Seattle where everybody except Weyerhauser Corporation loves trees. But then again, the boat has a range of 2,000 some miles…. I digress.

According to FBI crime statistics, there were 9,000 hate crimes in 2007 and 41% of those crimes occurred in public buildings such as the Seattle City Hall. Back in 2008, the Mayor announced that he had legal authority to ban weapons on City property. That is when the public hearings occurred. Since then, the number of approved applications for Concealed Pistol Licenses has increased and so have gun sales in King County.

Yvonne Ward, a civil rights lawyer that represents crime victims, was present at the hearing and told the City of Seattle exactly why Mayor Nickels’ gun ban will make victims more vulnerable to men that prey on women. The Mayor’s edict victimizes women twice by making criminals of those that disobey the law.

Ms. Ward, an Asian-American leader who definitely carries, was among many that provided public comment and then asked, “Where is Mayor Nickels?” The Mayor was conspicuously absent. The hearing, held on Bill of Rights Day, was replete with doctors, retired veterans, academics (including a UW professor emeritus) and victims of violent crimes- all opposed to Nickels’ decree.

One of the few that favored the ban claimed to speak for the Jewish Federation insisting that disarming honest people on City property is a “common sense” way to stop hate crimes like the shootings that occurred at the Federation’s Seattle headquarters. I asked the speaker wouldn’t he be safer having armed citizens nearby? He abruptly cut off the discussion with me in the hallway.

A survivor of the same hate crime (committed by a menatlly ill person of Middle Eastern ancestry who became agitated when Israel went into Lebenon a few years ago) said her niece was also a victim. She also stated that she is a board member of Washington Ceasefire. These were some of the few that favored the gun ban. Several speakers made reference to Hitler and Lenin’s outspoken support for gun control, the point being that all dictators share the same sentiments as Washington Ceasefire.

Joe Waldron came from sunny Florida to point out that if you lock your weapon in the car in order to comply with the Mayor’s edict you run the risk of getting your weapon stolen like Gil Kerlikowske- the former Seattle PD Chief’s gun was stolen from his vehicle and is now a potential instrumentality of criminal violence on the streets! Evidently the Obama Administration overlooked little problems like the lost gun and the fact that his son has a drug problem. He is now slated to be the nation’s new drug chief!

Speakers favoring responsible self-defense included self-professed “liberals” and gay people that are opposed to becoming victims. A rape victim stated that she would be terrified to walk in a Seattle park near her home without concealed carry. Many fathers also expressed safety concerns about taking their families to parks without the ability to protect their kids. Judges and prosecutors might also have concerns about their own personal safety traversing City property but none were present to testify. In Seattle, many folks use Metro and cannot lock their weapons in the car to enter property belonging to Mayor Nickels. You may or may not be surprised how many lawyers carry- for good reason.

One of these days I would like to write an article analyzing the statistical probability that ethnic minorities will be victims of violent crime compared to statistics for non-minority Caucasians. Of over 150 people present from many races and backgrounds, there must have been twenty that favored the Nickels Gun Ban.

Most of those that favored the change seemed to be spokespersons from Ceasefire. They used words like illogical to characterize armed self-defense. Hmmmmm….

See Video: Public Hearing.

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

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.

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!