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Candice Lanier

In addition to being a free-lance journalist whose articles have been published by RedState, Patriot Update, The Blacksphere and others, Candice is a computer consultant and antiques dealer.

Posted 6/8/15 at 2:16 PM | Candice Lanier

Battling Gun Control: GOP Legislation Would Diminish DOJ’s Ability To Impose Gun Control Measures

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Brandishing the power of the purse, Republicans are attempting to block the Obama administration’s gun control regulations. The legislation to fund the Department of Justice is a plentiful source of GOP-backed language with the purpose of thwarting the Obama administration’s anti-gun regulations.

The Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill, which recently sailed through the House, contains several provisions targeting the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) rule-making authority.

Under this measure, the ATF would be prohibited from: FULL POST

Posted 5/18/15 at 6:32 PM | Candice Lanier

DHS Internet Kill Switch: No Checks & Balances or Court Oversight and FOIA Requests Denied

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A kill switch refers to the government’s authority to disconnect wireless networks — both private and commercial. It involves both cell phones and the Internet and takes place in the event of an emergency.

Many questions surround the government’s use of the kill switch, but last week a federal appeals court ruled the US does not have to disclose its secret strategy, Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) 303, for using the kill switch. The government argued it needs to keep the procedures private in order to protect national security.

The decision was passed down by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. This is the same stance the court took back in February when it agreed with the US government’s claim that the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to withhold documents if disclosure could “endanger” public safety. FULL POST

Posted 5/4/15 at 6:54 PM | Candice Lanier

The Pros & Cons of the DOJ’s Pilot Program Awarding Body Cameras To Police Agencies

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On Friday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the launch of a $20 million pilot program which will award body cameras to police agencies across the country. The program signals an attempt to improve the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Lynch’s press release follows the turmoil in Baltimore sparked by the death of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody.

Prior to the announcement, body cameras had already garnered a lot of support due to the belief that utilizing them would ease distrust between the police and citizens who tend to be skeptical of police intentions and actions.

This Department of Justice (DOJ) pilot program seeks to provide 50 awards to law-enforcement agencies. Federal officials would purchase the body cameras and also provide training on how to use them, in addition to helping agencies develop tools to evaluate best practices. The DOJ said the program is part of President Obama’s proposal to invest $75 million, over a span of three years, to purchase 50,000 body-worn cameras for police agencies. FULL POST

Posted 4/22/15 at 11:40 PM | Candice Lanier

The Armenian Genocide In Photos

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In this 1919 photo released by the Armenian National Archives shows victims of the “Great Slaughter” in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

Via The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute:

"What is the Armenian Genocide?

The extermination of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire and the surrounding regions during 1915-1923 is called the Armenian Genocide.

Those massacres were masterminded and perpetrated by the government of Young Turks and were later finalized by the Kemalist government.

The First World War gave the Young Turks the opportunity to settle accounts with Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire, thus implementing the decision of the secret meeting of 1911 in Thessaloniki. The plan was to tukify the Muslims and to exterminate the Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire. Talaat Pasha (Interior Minister), Enver Pasha (Minister of Military Affairs), Djemal Pasha (commander of the Palestinian Front), Behaeddin Shakir Bey (Young Turk Central Committee member) and others were among the orchestrators of the project. FULL POST

Posted 4/13/15 at 4:48 PM | Candice Lanier

Pro-ISIS Group Posts List of Names & Addresses of Americans – Apparently Targeted for Attacks

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Last year, in September, ISIS called for random attacks against individuals in the U.S. The terrorist group’s spokesman specifically called for lone-wolf attacks and provided instructions on how to attack the Westerners: “Rig the roads with explosives for them. Attack their bases. Raid their homes. Cut off their heads. Do not let them feel secure. Hunt them wherever they may be. Turn their worldly life into fear and fire. Remove their families from their homes and thereafter blow up their homes.”

The spokesman went on to urge members to “hinder those who want to harm your brothers. The best thing you can do is to strive to your best and kill any disbeliever, whether he be French, American or from any of their allies.” FULL POST

Posted 4/8/15 at 10:46 PM | Candice Lanier

CISA: New “Cybersecurity” Bill Is About Surveillance, Not Security

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Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) is trumpeting a major Senate cyber bill that he claims is better at protecting privacy. Burr, who is chairman the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, hails this bipartisan measure which was recently approved by his panel, as taking the first step in cracking down on the theft of personal data and intellectual property. Elaborating, he goes on to insist that the bill would create “a cybersecurity information-sharing environment that works much like a neighborhood watch program--allowing all participants to get a better understanding of the current cybersecurity threats that may be used against them.” FULL POST

Posted 4/2/15 at 3:08 AM | Candice Lanier

Easter In Yemen

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Man crucified by Al-Qaeda-affiliated Ansar Al-Shari'a for allegedly directing U.S. drones in Yemen

In the Middle East & parts of Africa, with the regional violence that has become a fixture, there is a growing sense that unless something significant changes, Christians will continue to be slaughtered or driven out of their homelands and ultimately out of the region that was the birthplace of Christianity.

On account of the escalating conflict in Yemen and Easter’s rapid approach, it is worth pausing to consider how Christians are faring in the midst of all the chaos. Yemen is a small country with a population of 25.5 million people. The country which produced Osama bin Laden is nestled in between Saudi Arabia and Somalia. Archaeological studies indicate that the biblical kingdom of Sheba spanned modern-day Ethiopia and Yemen. Governed by President Abd-Rabbuh Mansour Hadi (who has fled the country), persecution targeted at Christians is severe according to Open Doors USA, a Christian watchdog organization. FULL POST

Posted 3/19/15 at 10:41 AM | Candice Lanier

Judicial Committee Approves Significantly Expanded Surveillance & Hacking Of Computers by the Feds

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The Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules has given the FBI the initial nod they will need in order to be able to bypass warrants in more cases and hack into any computer, anywhere in the world. The judicial committee voted 11-1 to revise the old federal rule which would broaden the FBI's hacking authority.

Referred to as Rule 41, the current provision allows judges to approve search warrants only for material within the geographic bounds of their judicial district. But the rule change would allow judges to grant warrants for remote searches of computers located outside their districts and when the location is not known. FULL POST

Posted 3/9/15 at 6:15 PM | Candice Lanier

Freedom Caucus: Conservative House Reps Are Determined To Be A Thorn In Boehner’s Side

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House Speaker, John Boehner

Undaunted by last week’s loss in the battle over funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), conservative freshman Republicans vow to press forward with conservative interests. A few of these conservatives spoke with Reuters last week, indicating that more conflict in the future, within the GOP, can be expected.

Indeed, several freshmen have joined the fiercely determined new bloc of House conservatives known as the Freedom Caucus. This caucus was started by Republican dissenters who embrace duty to constituents and the Constitution, over and above the agenda of House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)N/A. For instance Jody Hice of Georgia, who is also a Baptist preacher and who rose to prominence while hosting a conservative radio talk show, explains that his “job is to represent the people in my district.” Hice was one of the six freshmen among 52 Republicans who voted against Boehner’s eleventh-hour scheme for a three-week extension of DHS funding. FULL POST

Posted 2/22/15 at 11:41 PM | Candice Lanier

The Al Shabaab Threat: We May Be On The Verge Of Chronic Terror In Our Cities

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The Mall Of America in Bloomington, Minnesota has issued a statement indicating it has increased mall security in response to a video which terrorist group Al Shabaab claims to have released. The video calls for attacks on malls, including The Mall of America, one of the largest malls in the United States.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson reacted to the video by warning that, "groups like ISIL [ISIS], al-Shabaab, AQAP (al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula) are now publicly calling for attacks either through the internet, through videos, through publications, which means that we need to respond militarily but we also have to have a whole government approach through law enforcement, homeland security and frankly countering violent extremism efforts here in the homeland in communities." Johnson also said that, "we’re in a new phase now and I’m afraid that this most recent video release reflects that." FULL POST

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